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Cop Car (2015)

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A small-town sheriff sets out to find the two kids who have taken his car on a joy ride.

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Jon Watts
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kevin Bacon ... Sheriff Kretzer
James Freedson-Jackson ... Travis
Hays Wellford ... Harrison
Camryn Manheim ... Bev
Shea Whigham ... Man
Sean Hartley Sean Hartley ... Motorcycle Cop
Kyra Sedgwick ... Dispatch (voice)
Loi Nguyen Loi Nguyen ... Waiter
Sit Lenh Sit Lenh ... Hostess
Chuck Kull Chuck Kull ... Officer #1
Thomas Coates Thomas Coates ... Officer #2
Kathleen Bentley Kathleen Bentley ... Trailer Park Lady
Justin Barr Justin Barr ... Guy in Trailer Park
Adam Barr Adam Barr ... Drunk at Intersection
Lily Heber Lily Heber ... Dog
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Storyline

A pair of ten-year-olds find an abandoned cop car in a field. When they take it for a joyride, it seems like they could kill themselves at any moment. But things only get worse when the small town sheriff goes looking for his missing car. The kids find themselves in the center of a deadly game of cat and mouse they don't understand and the only way out is to go as fast as their cop car can take them.

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The ride is just getting started. See more »

Genres:

Crime | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, violence and brief drug use | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 August 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Viatura See more »

Filming Locations:

Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$800,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$26,146, 9 August 2015

Gross USA:

$128,002
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Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

The licence plate of the cop car, 149 PCE, is the same as David Mann's Plymouth Valiant in Duel (1971). See more »

Goofs

When the boys switch drivers for the second time, when they reached the road, the driver got out of the car and the car began rolling forward. They jumped in and the passenger told the driver to use the shifter. The boy put the car in reverse, the reverse lights came on, and the car lurched backwards. The passenger explained that, "P means stop and R means reverse." The driver put the car in park and they changed positions. When the new driver shifted from park to drive, the reverse lights did not come on as he cycled through the PRNDL. Clearly a crew member was in the vehicle ready to drive off as the scene was shot. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Travis: [walking in an open field] Wiener.
Harrison: Wiener.
Travis: Boobs.
Harrison: Boobs.
Travis: Pussy.
Harrison: Pussy.
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References Repo Man (1984) See more »

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There's Been Times
Written by John Mears and James Mears
Performed by The Mears Brothers
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bizarre entry in the "real time" category
15 August 2015 | by A_Different_DrummerSee all my reviews

While many films use the device of a "real time" narrative for effect (ie, where the viewer is given the sense that he/she is a participant in real time in the story) very few films run the device for the full length.

For example, the Bourne films went into real time when the main character was on screen, but otherwise maintained a traditional narrative. Examples of standout real-time films would include Tom Cruise (amazing) in COLLATERAL; Dennis Weaver in DUEL; and the Canadian sci-fi epic, CUBE.

So now that you know first-rate films CAN potentially be made using the technique, the writer/director of this film (to be kind) did not set his sights quite that high.

Overall, it is not a bad film, it is incredibly engaging given how little is actually going on. However, while all films require a suspension of disbelief, the overall problem with COP CAR is that the two lead characters, boys of about ten years of age, are written as the dumbest children ever to appear in a feature film.

Seriously. In an age where even the Disney channel attributes 'tude, street cred, smarts and fast moves to 7 year olds (ask your child if you don't believe me) these two characters as written are so far removed from coherent thought that the audience starts to wonder if they escaped from "special class." To use the term "pig stupid" for these kids effectively slanders the pig.

Bacon is excellent. Would like to see more of him in features.


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