I’m currently in the process of writing a 13-minute buddy cop genre mashup that includes film noir and pirate movies. I’m trying to make it as original as possible, but I’ve found that buddy cop films are one of the worst genres to attempt “original” with. They were immensely popular during the 80s and 90s, and they’ve since been through countless iterations — they became more jokey, more self-referential, and started playing around with the genre by creating the science fiction version, the extreme sports version, the explosions version, and many, many homages. There was even one about buddy cop germs living inside Bill Murray.
Eventually the market was over-saturated, and they stopped. But the genre damage was done: The genre is entirely self-aware at this point. Ever wink and nod to past tropes of the genres counts as part of the same genre! It’s no longer possible to create a buddy cop film that breaks out of the buddy cop mould. Even reversing the genders of the main characters — a clever spin given the incredibly formulaic genre’s emphasis on ‘manly’ action — isn’t enough, as The Heat forgettably proves.