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Bon Cop Bad Cop

4.5 out of 5 stars 24 customer reviews

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"...hilarious thriller..." – Montreal Mirror

WINNER / Best Motion Picture / Genie Awards

Shoot First, Translate Later

Martin Ward (Colm Feore - Paycheck) and David Bouchard (Patrick HuardStardom) could not be more different: one speaks English and is from Toronto; the other speaks French and is from Montreal. One obeys the law while the other makes his own. When a dead body is found draped over the border sign dividing Ontario and Quebec, they are forced to work together on the investigation and engage in a violent cat-and-mouse game with a deranged serial killer who is determined to keep the body count mounting.

approx. 117 mins. WIDESCREEN

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If the phrase "Canadian action thriller" doesn't send you running to the video store, Bon Cop Bad Cop is hoping to change your mind. When a body is found straddling the Ontario/Quebec border, a detective from each province must partner up to solve the case. Naturally, in the grand tradition of buddy-cop movies, one (Colm Feore, Thirty-Two Short Films About Glenn Gould) is straight-laced and by the book while the other (Patrick Huard, Les Boys) is a chain-smoking loose cannon. The mystery escalates as more bodies pile up, all connected to the world of hockey (and based on real-life hockey figures) and all marked with mysterious tattoos. Gags about French vs. English pile up as well, along with other Canadian in-jokes, but despite that, Bon Cop Bad Cop is accessible and entertaining, a preposterous, over-the-top blend of Lethal Weapon and Saw. It has all the classic elements--an eccentric coroner, women throwing themselves at the heroes, a brawl in a bar, a time-bomb on an innocent victim, a detective clinging to the roof of speeding car--as well as a number of unique bits, like some creepy bobble-heads and a killer in a sports mascot costume doing a De Niro impression. (Be warned that the violence is sometimes extreme, though usually for comic effect, and there's a steady flow of strong language.) --Bret Fetzer

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Product Details

  • Actors: Colm Feore, Patrick Huard
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Bfs Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: May 13, 2008
  • Run Time: 117 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0015UKX4M
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #41,317 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By Bundt Lust VINE VOICE on May 18, 2008
Format: DVD
I first read about Bon Cop, Bad Cop while riding the train to Montreal. There was a bilingual featurette on the film in VIA Rail's magazine, and I was instantly intrigued. I'd seen Colm Feore at Stratford four years ago, and I was familiar with Patrick Huard from the Les Boys 1, 2 and 3 (Box Set) hockey film franchise. I studied at Laval University in Quebec City for two months, and specialized in Quebec Studies (history, literature, and cinema) as an undergraduate, so I was intrigued to see how the film would balance both the bilingual and bicultural aspects of living in Canada. The issue of Quebec is a contentious one for a number of political, social, and cultural reasons. Bon Cop, Bad Cop attempts to use humor in an attempt to defuse volatile issues between the Two Solitudes (English- and French-speaking Canada).

A series of brutal murders in the Canadian hockey community pairs together two very different cops: Torontonian Martin Ward, (Colm Feore) a by-the-book, prim-and-proper intellectual, and rough-and-tumble David Bouchard, a shoot first, ask later detective from Montreal. Naturally, the two despise each other at first sight, and the rapid-fire bilingual one-liners between Martin and David are fast and furious from the get-go. Some critics panned the film for a seemingly forced, unnatural balance of bilingual script, but as someone who's trilingual, I frequently switch languages when speaking to other bilingual friends; nothing unnatural there.
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The strength of "Bon Cop Bad Cop" is not in its plot, but in its treatment of relations between Canada's "two solitudes", its anglophone and francophone populations.

The film hangs its intercultural and political themes on a story line that has been filmed many times before: Two law enforcement officers with incompatible personalities are forced to work together on a tough case. They have a number of misadventures - some of which they cause for each other - but help each other out of trouble. Murders happen left and right, and there are police shootings and car crashes that result in no paperwork or lawsuits.

While all of these things are happening, the film is addressing issues of Canadian identity, especially the often sore subject of relations between Quebec and the rest of Canada.

The film makes its intercultural points using characters and situations that are usually playful, if somewhat stereotypical. The anglophone policeman (Colm Feore's character) from Ontario is firmly middle-class, uptight and rule-bound. The francophone officer (played by Patrick Huard) from Quebec is rough around the edges, unsophisticated, and overtly sexual. The entire nation of Canada is portrayed as being obsessed with hockey; a serial killer takes the obsession to the extreme of using skates and sticks to kill his victims.

These broad and simple images are raised from the first frames of the movie, but its deeper themes come out more gradually. Numerous scenes show the affronts and points of friction - small and large - between Canadians who speak French and those who speak English.
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I first saw this movie years ago and loved it. In recent years, using a slight plot variation, a Swedish-Danish series called "The Bridge" was released. Now there is yet another version of the story called "The Tunnel" where French and British police must cooperate to solve a border murder. All of them are the same basic plot, but this version still has more dark humor to it, and I see more new things each time that I watch it. With the newer variations on it, I finally opened my wallet and bought a copy. Terrific movie.
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By A. Vegan on February 25, 2007
Format: DVD
I saw this movie last night and I haven't laughed so hard during a movie in a long, long time. I live in Ontario and do speak French so maybe I'm a bit biased but I thought this movie was fantastic! The part at the beginning with the victim found at the Ontario/Québec border was priceless! The scenes featuring the hyper active medical examiner (Louis Jose Houde) are brilliant (and the actor is not really acting, that is how he is in real life!) or when the Québec policeman is teaching how to curse "en Québecois" to his Ontario counterpart, helped along the line by the criminal he his beating and stuffing in his car trunk, are worth the prince of admission. Despite all the clichés that are expected of this format, the movie comes up like a most entertaining one. Colm Feore is absolutely amazing!! Years ago I saw him perform in Stratford and he was brilliant then and he's just gotten better! Rick Mercer and Louis-Jose Houde provide their typical comedy excellently.

The only thing missing was a reference to poutine.
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