Bon Cop, Bad Cop 2
|Bon Cop, Bad Cop 2|
|Directed by||Alain Desrochers|
|Produced by||Pierre Even|
|Written by||Patrick Huard|
|Music by||Anik Jean|
|Distributed by||Les Films Séville|
|Budget||$10 million CAD|
|Box office||$7 million|
Bon Cop, Bad Cop 2 is a Canadian action comedy film that was released in May 2017. A sequel to the 2006 film Bon Cop, Bad Cop, it stars Colm Feore and Patrick Huard in a reprisal of their original roles. The prequel took its title as Canadian cinema's most lucrative production, earning $12 million in 2007. Both bilingual films have been successful on the Canadian scene, with the sequel, filmed in Montreal, coming in at $7 million at the box office. The film was also nominated for Achievement in Make-up at the Canadian Screen Awards, 2018.
Following the events of the first film, Martin Ward (Feore) and David Bouchard (Huard) remained friends but have gradually grown apart as their lives and careers have taken them in different directions; Ward is now a senior officer with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, while Bouchard remains undercover with the Sûreté du Québec. This time, their roles are reversed: Ward takes the lead, and has his turn experiencing challenges in his personal life. In the present day, the two are reunited to investigate a car theft ring which turns out to be a front for a much bigger terrorist plot.
Critics say the film gave their audience exactly what they expected: humour, action and nostalgia. Fans claim the actors display the same chemistry as the first film, and ratings reflect high satisfaction from viewers.
The film touches on what seems to be a political angle, with some satire thrown at the U.S., but actor Colm Feore expresses that they are trying to convey a sociological message, in that Canadians and Americans have fundamental differences. The actor goes on to say that it's also a jab at Americans for their ignorance of Canadian culture over the years. One way this is portrayed in the film, is when local U.S. officers are wary of French speaking cop Huard and question his nationality.
Background and work
Patrick Huard, a prominent public figure in Quebec, has an extensive background in Canadian entertainment. As screenplay writer, producer, and lead actor, Huard played an active role in the overall production of the film. He was first inspired to write the series original film Bon Cop, Bad Cop during a performed comedic monologue at the Genie Awards in 2003. The actor played on linguistic and cultural differences, and realized those were the very things that perhaps separated, and also united Franco and Anglo Canadian audiences. He claims "The one thing we can laugh about together is our differences. That's when I had a flash for Bon Cop."
Huard's directing began with his feature film Les 3 P'tits Cochons, where he worked alongside producer Pierre Gendron that helped the film come to life. He claims in an interview that he wanted to direct long before he thought about becoming an actor. In his early life, he worked at a licence bureau where he spent his down time watching several films a week. As visionary of the series, he said the sequel would "have more ambition" than the first, and that he had been thinking about the sequel for nine years before its production began.
Some of his other work includes roles in twenty Canadian feature films as well as television series, hosting and appearing at the Just For Laughs Gala, talk radio, solo efforts, and much more. The Quebec public has also awarded him for best actor and male personality of the year in 2009 and 2010.
Production of the film began in Montreal and its Eastern Townships in May 2016. Unlike the original film, which derived much of its humour from the culture clash between English Canada and Quebec, the sequel's script downplays that aspect in favour of a focus on Canada's relationship with the United States. The cast also includes radio broadcaster John Moore as the President of the United States. Colm Feore claims that "the wonderful thing about the movie is the way it capitalizes on cultural differences for laughs, but never puts one side above the other."  This same narrative is carried throughout the sequel, with more humour and more action. Screenplay writer, Huard, says in an interview that there is a much less "combative tone" between the two cops, and that the film also tells a story about friendship.
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