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Parents' Guide to

Cop and a Half: New Recruit

By Barbara Shulgasser-Parker, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

Kid helps cop in tame but awful family comedy.

Movie PG 2017 97 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 6+

Based on 5 parent reviews

age 6+

Great family movie! We loved it.

It’s hard to find kids movies that don’t have a bunch of sexy stuff, product placement, and generally bad lead characters to be role models. There’s no adult language or sexualization in this one. The storyline is cute with a little bit of cheesy action. There’s reference to the girl’s dad dying when she was young, and there’s a pretty tame bully who gets called out in the beginning. The girl’s phone looks like an iPhone, and she mentions FaceTime once, but that’s the closest thing to product placement, and most kids movies these days are riddled with advertising.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
age 6+

The rookies are getting younger and younger all the time...

Good family drama shows a cop and a young girl, who catches a notorious culprit in a funny manner. Gives a good message that if you work together regardless of other differences, you could actually win...

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (5 ):
Kids say (6 ):

It's always nice to see the likable Lou Diamond Phillips on screen, but he's the most watchable part of this otherwise low-quality movie. Cop and a Half: New Recruit is mostly cringe-inducing. Lulu Wilson as Karina seems like an exceptionally bright and charming girl, but also someone with much to learn about subtlety in performance. The script doesn't make much sense. The police force is treating a mere nuisance as if it were the crime of the century. Why? Most puzzling is the fact that at the movie's supposed moment of greatest danger, when the criminal grabs hold of Karina and threatens to harm her, you have to wonder what he might do to her -- twist her arm really hard? He has no knife at her throat, no gun to her head. Yet Detective Simmons pulls his gun on the guy and keeps his distance, as if the perp might shoot or stab Karina. In that situation, the only one truly under threat is the unarmed perp with the gun aimed at him.

This is just another movie about a smart kid that isn't itself smart enough to be interesting.

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