Cop Car

August 7th, 2015


Cop Car

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

Release Year: 2015

Rating: 7.5/10 (337 voted)

Critic's Score: 62/100

Director: Jon Watts

Stars: Kevin Bacon, James Freedson-Jackson, Hays Wellford

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.

Writers: Jon Watts, Christopher D. Ford

Kevin Bacon - Sheriff Kretzer
Shea Whigham - Man
Camryn Manheim - Bev
James Freedson-Jackson - Travis
Hays Wellford - Harrison
Kathleen Bentley - Trailer Park Lady
Joseph Oliveira - Officer

Taglines: Their first drive could be their last.

Country: USA

Language: English

Release Date: 7 August 2015

Filming Locations: Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA

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Did You Know?

The piano part in the score was actually done by a 13 year old boy who's the composer's (Phil Mossman) son (Lucas Mossman). See more »

User Review


Rating: 8/10

Edge of seat drama! The adults are suitably weird/ deranged, but the two young stars completely steal the show. It may have felt particularly compelling to me since they reminded me of some of the kids that I work with, but at any rate their performances felt totally honest. It's hard to know what to compare it to, but in terms of recent films, it feels cut from the same cloth as movies like Winter's Bone, Joe (the 2013 David Gordon Green film), or Mud (the latter two both also feature an excellent young actor, Tye Sheridan). Looking further back in time, maybe think of films like Stand By Me. Regardless, I would recommend this film even if you think you can't stand child actors...or Kevin Bacon...or cop films...or car chases. An exciting feature, hard to believe they packed so much in under 90 minutes. Not for the faint of heart, but if you like suspense, you'll enjoy the ride.


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