In fact, we learn that a computer profile of our heroes, Fred (Marc Porel) and Tony (Ray Lovelock) identified them as classic criminal types. It remains a mystery to their boss (Adolfo Celi) why they ever became cops. The answer, as revealed to us by implication, is that being cops empowers Fred and Tony to be thugs and bullies by siccing them on other criminals. You don't hear the sort of righteous indignation from these guys that you'd hear from Maurizio Merli, the mustachioed polizieschi icon, in films by Umberto Lenzi and others. They seem to fight crime just for kicks.
Basically, we're dealing with Starsky and Hutch with a license to kill. If that makes Uomini si nasce any funnier, more power to you. To me, it looks like writer and director didn't really have their heart in the comedy, either. The problem is that Porel and Lovelock aren't that funny. The whole joke of the film is that they're violent idiots, but comedy is neither Di Leo nor Deodato's strong suit. They come up with an absurd target-practice sequence in which Fred and Tony leap and roll through a series of ditches, repeatedly firing at cans located dangerously close to each other (the cops, not the cans). Like the motorcycle chase, this goes on too long before it turns into a proper action scene, and the creators clearly have no idea of how they might keep it funny. They get a little closer to the effect they want at the climax. Audiences will inevitably ask if our heroes can really be this stupidly horny as they scene drags on -- but whether it all pays off depends on how you want it to pay off, and I suspect a large part of the audience is bound to be disappointed.
And he strikes!...like Thunnn-derr-balll!
Live Like a Cop, Die Like a Man is newly available as a Netflix streaming video, along with an impressive number of Italian genre titles. This one is most likely not the highlight of the group, but Italian action fans who have a clear idea of what kind of film this is might still find it entertaining on an undemanding level. Even I got a little kick from seeing Adolfo Celi get to play a badass policeman, but whether that justifies 93 minutes of your time is not for me to say.