TEMPE, AZ (CBS5) -
Police officers have been the butt of the joke for decades, and now a power comedy duo is taking on the U.S. Customs and Border Protection in a new movie called "Border Guards." But will a big comedy poking fun at the immigration debate in our backyard backfire?
With his on-screen step-brother in tow, Will Ferrell is ditching the race track, and heading down south. Deadline.com is reporting that Sony Pictures closed a deal for "Border Guards," a comedy portraying Ferrell and John. C. Reilly as Border Patrol Agents who accidentally get stranded in Mexico and sneak back into the country.
"They always reflect the times, when you're talking about movies like Dr. Strangelove or The Graduate, these are movies that touch on everything that we do as a culture," said ASU film professor Chris LaMont. He said while they may not film here because of the tax breaks in New Mexico, Arizona will still likely play a big role.
"Frankly, if you're not mining Arizona for laughs on this topic, you don't know how to be funny," LaMont said.
"A little humor would balance out some of the over-zealousness and extra seriousness that some people apply to a very serious and complex problem," said retired master police officer and narcotics expert Bill Richardson. He said people know Border Patrol agents have one of the toughest jobs out there and a film like this won't harm their reputation.
"There's always been little spoofs about law enforcement and it hasn't hurt the image of law enforcement," Richardson said.
The National Border Patrol Council says the only comment they have - is that they wish the filmmakers would get their title right - Border Patrol Agents, not Border Guard.
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