Adam Sandler and Damon Wayans lead this rudimentary buddy movie, coupled with action sequences and mild story twists. Bulletproof at times feels like a TV movie with recognizable names attached to it, and the laughs are far too spread out. There’s some minor material worth watching spread throughout, but Bulletproof never comes together.
Wayans plays a clichéd undercover cop tasked with infiltrating a local drug lord via Sandler’s character. They become friends, Wayans has to turn on him, an unidentified amount of time passes, and then Wayans is assigned to keep Sandler safe despite tensions between them.
The drug lord in question is played by James Caan, and the entire plot is a mess when it revolves around him. Everyone knows he’s into heavy trafficking, yet after Wayans is involuntarily forced to take time off, no one seems to work the case anymore. Caan is constantly on TV bragging about his car business and hardly keeps a low profile. The cops seem to have no interest in dealing with him without Wayans, purely to keep the plot moving.
Sandler is the only reason to watch here, offering some funny dialogue exchanges with a hotel clerk, played by Mark Roberts. This is one of the few comedic highlights of this supposed action comedy.
The action is also sub-par, including a cheaply staged shoot-out in the classic film locale known as “the abandoned warehouse.” The opening moments move far too fast to deliver additional action scenes; it’s hard to get a feel for the film. A plane crash sequence is also embarrassing to watch for its editing, special effects, and direction.
Straight dialogue is painful, particularly from anyone inside the police department. The conversations are hilariously cheesy and unbelievable. It’s amazing anyone could deliver lines like this with a straight face.