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'Let's be Cops' and the accidental timeliness problem

'Let's be Cops' and the accidental timeliness problem

“Let’s Be Cops,” the straight-from-television buddy comedy directed by Luke Greenfield, didn’t crater this weekend, grossing $17.7 million in the three-day period to earn the title of top new weekend opener. Then again, those openers ("Expendables 3" and "The Giver") were both weak, and the Jake Johnson-Damon Wayans movie actually came in behind a pair of holdovers, making it unlikely anyone is rushing to call “Let’s Be Cops” an unqualified success. With its dismal reviews and mediocre (B) CinemaScore, there are a number of reasons why that’s the case, though it’s hard to avoid one more: the accidental timeliness...