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Movie Review: The Other Guys

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Prinz Lee wrote this review 6 years and 4 months ago

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Written 8/6/10

Guys, I can't knock it! I had a lot of fun with this film and although it was probably a half hour too long, it did what it had to do. What's that? Well, make me/the audience laugh. It's a stupid film which mocks other funny-cop films, but it worked.

Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg are both in somewhat uncharted territory in The Other Guys. Wahlberg isn't known for his comedic chops, and while Ferrell has been playing immature buffoons for years, he's surprisingly conservative here — well, at least in the beginning. Ferrell plays Allen Gamble, a member of the NYPD who is perfectly content crunching numbers and filing paperwork (while happily humming to himself) than ever going out for duty. The loose cannon is his partner Terry Hoitz (Wahlberg). Unlike Allen, Terry loves to get in the thick of crime fighting — but unfortunately Terry has been demoted to staying at his desk after a shooting incident made him the joke of the force. To combat his embarrassment, Terry pokes fun at Allen (which he does often) and it's their bickering that's sure to win over audiences. To find out what else makes the movie fun, read more.

Something I must point out is that a lot of what genereted the film’s spark is due to Samuel L. Jackson and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. (Yes, he’ll forever be “The Rock!”) The film opens with the NYPD's “top duo” as they run down a bunch of bad guys on the streets of Manhattan. It's a total spoof of Hollywood's over-the-top action scenes, and Jackson and Johnson are casting perfection. However, a twist in the film goes off with Jackson and Johnson launching the rest of the men in the force — including "the other guys," Allen and Terry — have the chance to step up. It's an opportunity that the anxious Terry has been waiting for, and one that Allen has been expressly trying to avoid.

Other secondary players also deserve their due: Michael Keaton gets several laughs as a police chief and Bed Bath & Beyond manager who likes to quote TLC, while Eva Mendes turns her role as Will Ferrell's spouse into more than just "hot wife." Yes, the film plays up her looks to the millionth degree, but she gets to have some fun too. My one complaint: the plot feels a little jumbled. Who gives a shit? This film is meant to be a silly, entertaining Summer comedy. And in that respect, The Other Guys are winners. I’m sure many will snub it and that’s ok, but as it moves along I’m sure word will get out.

Before I sign out with this review, even though Ferrell and Wahlberg may be the leads of this film — and they play off each other well — but I'd say the biggest star is the script. There are so many hilarious one-liners that I wouldn't be surprised to see them sprout up on Facebook walls come Monday.

I’m out!



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