Bon Cop, Bad Cop is Très Magnific


Though it technically isn’t French I’ll give Bon Cop, Bad Cop the benefit of the doubt (and the fact that half the movie is in French) and say “HOT DAMN! FUCK! Even the French know how to make a good buddy cop movie!”

Bon Cop, Bad Cop is a very generic, very formulaic buddy cop movie, but that does not matter this movie was a blast from start to finish. Knowing that buddy cop films are the third most important genre (behind Good Science Fiction and man on a mission films) it is great to see a different country tackle this highly coveted genre and succeed, the genre is all about fun and believability between the partnership and this movie fully realizes both.

This is in no way some ground breaking material, if anything it is one of the stalest pieces of shit contrived story I’ve ever seen, but it fucking works and it is magical. There is nothing new story wise here, and there is every cliché under the sun in this thing, but I think that is part of the fun. Buddy cop movies are meant to be fun and that is what this is. Maybe had this been a straight up American film I would not be so pleased with it, but having that French Canadian twist gave it something more.


Boy we are really going to be at odds with each other aren't we?

Now I don’t know much about Canadia except that they have good health care and Mounties, but I guess there is some giant rivalry between English Canadia and French Canadia? While either way that is what this movie is all about and that is where a lot of the comedy comes into play. The movie starts off with a dead body on top of a sign that is on the boarder between French Canadia Québec and English Canadia Ontario. The rough around the edges doesn’t follow the rules cop David Bouchard (Patrick Huard) comes from Québec and the hard nose by the book cop Martin Ward (Colm Feore) comes from Ontario. They are at odds from the get go causing them to rip the body in half.

Their chiefs feel that it would be a good thing for both departments if they became partners for this case, and of course they resist. Before you can compare the plot devices to fifty other Buddy Cop movies you have seen this movie has already moved on, that is another one of its strengths is that is does not linger or over stay it’s welcome. It knows its exact place in the universe of movies.

The killings in this movie are of a bunch of Hockey high ranking officials, a hockey team is being sold to America and people are not happy about that. Or could it be that a disgraced former Hockey player is out for revenge? You will just have to watch and see for yourself. It’s a fun time the two leads are a blast and are obviously having a ball with these clichéd roles. The back and forth is a tried and true tradition of the Buddy Cop Genre and if the back and forth’s between the two leads is not fun and playful then they have missed the mark, this is not the case here. The movie bounces back and fourth between French and English very fast and if I hadn’t almost failed 2 years of French in high school I would do the same in my review. Luckily (much to Bouchard’s chagrin) Martin speaks fluent French as well as English, so when they are in Québec they only speak French and when they are in Ontario they only speak English.

Bon Cop Bad Cop

WOW we sure are an unlikely pair.

Another aspect of this film that is a lot of fun is that these two cops are not giant ass kickers, they are not going to take on Jet Li and live to tell about it. They get their asses handed to them left and right but always come back for more. Also the style of the fights and action are well done and with early 90’s action flair.

The only part about the movie that I didn’t care for was Bouchard going banging a chick (yes it turns out to be Martin sister, like I said this movie is not about originality) because yes he had divorced from him wife yet they were living together and he wanted to make things better but he is a known cheater. It just cheapens his character especially when his daughter becomes a victim. It was obviously intended for the gratuitous boob shot, because I don’t think anyone wanted to see Colm Feore getting it on.

So if you are looking for just a solid good entertainment movie where you can tell everyone is having a blast and is a throw back to great early 90’s buddy cop movies then check this out. Also please enjoy the cliché of someone doing the “You talkin to me?” speech from Taxi Driver, but in a hokey mascot uniform.

Surprisingly enough this film was not produced by Luc Besson and was filmed in New York.

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23 responses to “Bon Cop, Bad Cop is Très Magnific”

  1. Jarv says :


    I always thought you had Torture Porn as number 1

  2. Droid says :


    I always thought you had movies featuring dongs as number 1

  3. Hawaiian Organ Donor says :

    Speaking as a Canadian, I can tell you everyone outside of Quebec hates everyone inside of Quebec. Those poutine munching pricks can choke on a bag of dicks.

    Shocked I never heard of this movie.

    • koutchboom says :

      HOD I think you will dig this movie, its too much fun not to. Just found another Canadian movie I’m gonna hunt down called the Rocket, its about some famous Canadian Hockey Player. Looks like an awesome sports bio flick.

    • koutchboom says :

      You know how I heard of this movie, I was dicking around on Box Office Mojo looking at movie grosses and going through the entire list of movies and what they made that year, and saw this movie Bon Cop, Bad Cop made like less then $500,000 so I wondered what the fuck it was. Thinking it was some lame French drama movie, when I was it was a buddy action cop movie I knew I had to see it right away.

    • Jarv says :

      Equivalent of the Welsh?

  4. Continentalop says :

    This seriously sounds like a SCTV skit. And a good SCTV skit.

    To bad they couldn’t have made it with John Candy and Eugene Levy back in the day.

    • koutchboom says :

      If the movie The Man has taught us anything, it’s that Eugene Levy is not to be trusted with a buddy cop movie.

      This movie is more like leatheal weapon then anything.

      • Continentalop says :

        Hey, what about Armed and Dangerous with Levy and Candy? Ok, maybe not the best defense…

      • koutchboom says :

        God what happened to Levy. Fucking delivering one of the best comedic lines in history in American Pie:

        “We’ll just tell your mother we ate it”

        to Best In Show to losing every role now to Fred Willard?


        Armed and Dangerous? Its probably the best movie you’ve ever brought up.

        God Damn I wanted to fuck the piss outta Meg in that shit.


        Mark Lester has probably the greatest ass-kicking trifecta of all time:


      • Continentalop says :

        Its probably the best movie you’ve ever brought up.

        Thanks…I guess.

        But Meg Ryan was sexy as hell in that movie. However, overall the film had a lot of jokes that just fell flat or felt like a failed TV sitcom. I still like it though.

  5. ThereWolf says :

    I quite like Colm Feore. I’ll add this to the list, try and catch it some time. It’s on at least…

  6. Tom_Bando says :

    I remember Colm Feore from the Insider w/ Russell Crowe. He’s pretty, albeit in a smallish role.

    I donno, I always think of these three (or Four) TV series when I think of Canadian TV, having grown up 10 miles from the New Brunswick Border in Northern Maine. Yes indeedie we got the full bore brunt of CBC from Channel 6 in St John-CHSJ.

    Lemme see:

    The Beach Combers–C’mon Bruno Gerussi and Relic(who was on the X Files(!) a couple of times)–who’d not like that-? Basically some guys in boats duelling over, well, Stuff on the BC coast. Flipper w/out Dolphins.

    Mr. Dressup–Mr. Rogers time. Not as good. But we watched it as kids any way.

    The Friendly Giant–Richard Homme, I think his name was. Rusty the Rooster and that bookbag. Was kinda cool.

    The King of Kensington–you remember that guy from Cagney and Lacey? Starred in that. Typical sitcom.

    Two Rankin Bass toons from 1961 for the price of one that they re-ran To Death:

    The Wizard of Oz—not too great. Think Rocky and Bullwinkle level animation w/out the imagination or humour.

    New Adventures of Pinnochio–stop action, ditto ditto from above.

    Oh and Tommy Hunter. He was around for years, too.

    And Hockey–HOCKEY. You get to watch some of that, too.

    • Droid says :

      Canadian TV? The only two we got was Degrassi Junior High and one with pre one hand in my pocket Alanis Morrisette where people would get covered in green slime.

      I did like Degrassi though, as a youngster. Wheels, Joey Jeramiah, LD, Spike. I think if I were to watch a few episode now it would blow my mind.

  7. Tom_Bando says :

    Colm Feore is PRETTY GOOD in a smallish role. Gawd I suck.

    • ThereWolf says :

      I have only ever seen him in smallish roles. But I have never thought him all that pretty.

      Was he in a bad Stephen King adaption?

      He was in ‘Riddick’ as well – good in that…

      • koutchboom says :

        Yeah this is the biggest role I’ve ever seen him in. He’s good in at as the straight man and can work the action scenes. This is a very entertaining movie.

      • koutchboom says :

        And seriously the dude looks like Burt Gummers twin.

    • redfishybluefishy says :

      Colm Feore is a phenomenal stage actor. I think his movie stuff is good for the most part, but live on stage he has great presence.

      And i promise, Canadian TV has improved since the Beachcombers! And I can’t believe you didn’t mention The Littlest Hobo. 🙂

      This is a fun movie. And pretty great for something entirely Canadian. Yes, we never can really get away from our Canadian vibe, we embrace it in all it’s goofiness.

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