Bon Cop, Bad Cop is Canadian film at its best

Bilingual movie what Canada needs to revitalize film industry

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

Recently, my Quebecois boyfriend roped me into watching the Canadian film Bon Cop, Bad Cop.

I wasn’t expecting much. Though I’m a proud Canadian, I can’t deny our film industry is sub-par. For years, Canada’s film industry has been the pauper to Hollywood’s prince.

Unfortunately, our film industry lacks the funding and fame to produce Hollywood blockbusters. Canada’s few somewhat profitable films are usually cheap, poorly done Hollywood ripoffs or movies about “old time” Canada and film versions of classic “old time” Canadian novels like Anne of Green Gables. Quebec has a thriving film industry but, sadly, the fact its movies are mostly French minimize their national popularity.

However, Bon Cop, Bad Cop exemplifies the type of movies Canadian filmmakers must produce to salvage their impotent industry.

Bon Cop, Bad Cop combines numerous genres " including mystery, crime and comedy " while focusing on two of Canada’s hottest topics: hockey and Quebec. It subtly addresses current Canadian issues and stereotypes comically but effectively.

The film follows an Ontario cop and a rebellious Quebec cop working together to solve a series of hockey-related murders. Through the cops’ witty banter, the film breaks down numerous Canadian stereotypes.

The film suggests that despite our differences, Canadians are united in many ways. Whether you’re a separatist or not, a Don Cherry lover or hater, an anglophone or francophone, Bon Cop, Bad Cop has something for all Canadians to enjoy.

In particular, the film’s bilingualism boosts its national appeal. Like the popular recent release The Rocket " also about hockey...surprise, surprise " Bon Cop, Bad Cop switches seamlessly between French and English. The film’s proud acknowledgment of both of Canada’s national languages and our nation’s diversity makes it appealing to twice as many Canadians.

Bon Cop, Bad Cop doesn’t copycat Hollywood. It doesn’t dwell on the past or pick sides or languages. It’s a film for all " and only " Canadians.

By utilizing current Canadian issues and both national languages, Bon Cop, Bad Cop is the perfect movie to jump-start a new and improved Canadian film industry. The numbers speak for themselves: the film has earned more than double its production cost and is Canada’s highest domestically grossing film.

If more Canadian films follow in Bon Cop, Bad Cop’s bilingual footsteps, it won’t be long before nationally produced films are being released nationwide and Canadians can finally speak proudly of their country’s film industry.

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