director: Jon Watts

The Mayfair Theatre, 1074 Bank Street

starts September 11th

In the fine tradition of a truly Grimm fairy tale, “Cop Car” tells the tall story of what can happen when little tykes cross that magical line of make believe. What pre-teen hasn’t dreamt of finding an abandoned cop car? With keys? With a radio? With a siren? With crime scene tape? With guns? It’s like Halloween, April Fool’s and Christmas all rolled into one. What could go wrong?

Kevin Bacon with a porn moustache, that’s what. In what could be his finest role (and that’s saying something for the ridiculously prolific actor), Bacon stars as a prairie town sheriff who may be dirtier than the roads he frequents, that is, when he doesn’t lose his car.

Kids versus adults is a well worn theme, but here they take turns outsmarting and outdumbing each other, with the winner being the oh so clever script. Shot in methodical, wide expanse, wasting few words, and saving the inevitable action till the thrill o’meter is at maximum peak, “Cop Car” blends blundering funny with visceral evil much like early Coen brothers. You need to see this, even if its just to play the six degrees of Kevin Bacon’s white trash stash.

A scene from Jon Watts' COP CAR, playing at the 58th San Francisco International Film Festival, April 23 - May 7 2015.

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