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Cop and a Half

Cop and a Half
Starring:
Norman D. Golden II, Ruby Dee and Burt Reynolds


Rated: PG 
Reviewed by: Chris  
Release date: April 2, 1993 Released by: Universal Studios, Inc.

Eight-year-old Norman D. Golden II plays Devon. He's picked on by older bullies at school and plays cops and robbers with his best friend, Ray.

Devon stays alone at night while his grandmother (Ruby Dee) works, watching reruns of Miami Vice and dreaming of being a real police officer one day.

He witnesses a murder by a bumbling bunch of drug goons, headed by rock and roll wannabe, Ray Sharkey. So Devon writes down all the information he witnessed in his little black book and heads down to the police station to make a deal. He'll tell the cops all he knows, and in turn, he wants to ride along with a real police officer and carry a badge and handcuffs.

Burt Reynolds plays detective Nick McKenna with his usual sneering bad mood (maybe if he'd stop wearing shirts that are so tight the buttons are popping off, he'd lighten up)>

Directed by Henry "The Fonz" Winkler, the action is cartoonish and the violence is low-key (the one murder takes place off screen). Norman Golden is a very cute kid and the chemistry that Reynolds and he have near the end of the film is real. The movie will probably appeal to kids between the ages of 8-12.

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