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11 out of 22 people found the following review useful:

Lame, lame, lame

Author: Shawn from Australia
28 August 2010

This is another movie that panders to the IQ of the lowest common denominator. The humor is ridiculously dumb and it worries me that if the majority of people find this funny and enjoyable, then where is the human species heading?

The movie industry has really let down humanity as of late, and this is yet more garbage to add to the pile. Why on earth is this rated currently 7.1 with over 6,000 votes? It seems as though the majority of people voting on this have very low standards.

I was actually looking forward to a laugh with this movie, and sure there were the odd one or two lines that were funny, but ultimately I was bitterly disappointed.

If you are an intelligent person, my bet is you will not like this movie either.


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12 out of 24 people found the following review useful:

Needed to be more edgy and risqué

Author: freemantle_uk from United Kingdom
20 September 2010

There are many great actor-director combos, Scorsese and De Niro, Scorsese and Di Caprio, Greengrass and Damon, Wright and Penn, etc… Adam McKay and Will Ferrell careers have been interlinked since Saturday Night Live. Under McKay's direction Ferrell has lived out a number of childhood fantasy, such as journalist, NASCAR driver and now a police officer.

Detectives Danson (Dwayne Johnson) and High smith (Samuel L. Jackson) are hero cops in New York who cause a massive amount of property damage along the way. Allen Gamble (Ferrell) and Terry Hoitz (Mark Wahlberg) are officers who are forced to do there paperwork. Gamble enjoys the paperwork, but Hoitz longs to be in the heart of the action and in disgrace after shooting Derek Jeter in the knee. But when the hero cops die, the NYPD needs a replacement partnership and Gamble may have found the case involving investment banker Sir David Ershon (Steve Coogan).

McKay and Ferrell both know that there films are not going to be awarding films but they know how to deliver a laugh. With The Other Guys they set out to parody (with love) buddy comedies, like Lethal Weapon, looking into the supporting cops of the officers who cause all the damage. There are some really funny moments and jokes, but this was when the film was more risqué and edgy involving sex (particularly involving homeless people), race and playing against police conventions, like when Ferrell talks a bloke into killing himself. But these moments are not frequent enough. McKay plays the humour too safely, what he should have done was been more edgy jokes, more willing to use language, violence, sex and race. The film should have gone for a 15/R rating, instead of playing it safe with the 12A/PG-13 rating.

The action was decent, better then in some films, but of course McKay is a comedy director. The opening chase was deliciously over the top and a homage to the Lethal Weapon series. It was both funny and exciting. Other action sequence were well handled.

If you are not a fan of Will Ferrell's over-the-top stupidity and physical performance then it is best that you avoid the film: but if you like it you will be happy. There are good moments of more understated humour like when he mentions how the Securities Exchange Commissions has failed with previous financial investigations. Walhberg's performance was strong as the straight, reacting to Ferrell's playing it by the book personality who avoids risks: he does humour with his anger and a moment I enjoy was when he threw Allen's gift out a car window. Being British is it enforced by death that you have to like Steve Coogan, and he was enjoyable, as well as supporting cast members like Eva Mendas. But Ferrell does play on what must be his personal fantasy, that hot women just fall in love with him.

Also at times the film does divert into sub-plots and leads that go nowhere, none has enough of a comic payoff. The film was too long and should have been around 1 hour 40 minutes, a good length for a comedy.

Jackson and Johnson were both very fun as the over-the-top, action packed cops and they deserve a spin-off.

A decent effort, but try harder for next time. Hopefully the DVD will be more adult.

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14 out of 28 people found the following review useful:

Poor Effort by Adam McKay

Author: scooby2938 from United States
7 August 2010

Sadly, I feel like going out of my way to criticize Adam McKay for this movie, the same man responsible for some of my favorite new comedies such as Anchorman and Step Brothers. I would call him too ambitious for stepping out of his genre if it weren't for the apparent lack of effort in the writing and editing. The script was uneven, with a plot unsure of how to progress and seemingly secondary to the banter between Ferrell and Wahlberg, who failed to capture any real chemistry as partners. Wahlberg, in the movie, actually played a large caricature of himself and the character development for both leads was too far from believable to have anything but a negative impact on the film as a whole. I found myself wondering when this movie was going to get better only to see it take multiple turns for the worse, leaving me shaking my head in disappointment. I was disappointed scene after scene throughout. Even the surprise political message during the credits was out of place and I found myself wondering if this movie had actually been viewed all the way through before its release to catch any disjointed flow. The only redeeming factors are the funny one liners that McKay movies have always triumphed on, but even some of those were misplaced, too ridiculous, or just forced.

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23 out of 46 people found the following review useful:


Author: slepor from United States
7 August 2010

Infrequent funny spots and not even half-way into the movie was just wanting it to end. The story and script are so poorly written/edited that it even makes the stellar cast seem like bad actors. Through the entire movie, you just sit there waiting for it to get better, but it never does. There is never a connection between Ferrell and Wahlberg, neither comedically or as partners on the police force, nor is there a connection with the supporting cast. The entire movie seems disjointed and boring with a few funny parts thrown in to keep you from walking out on the movie. Talladega Nights and Anchorman are two of my all-time favorite movies; however, this movie doesn't even come close. Wait for it to become a discount rental.

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0 out of 1 people found the following review useful:

Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg Make A Great,Unexpected Team,

Author: Dillon Harris from Ireland
9 June 2013

The Other Guys is a fantastic movie with a great storyline,an impressive cast and hilarious characters.Its definitely a must see for Will Ferrell/Adam McKay fans like myself and the buddy cop team of Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg was a terrific match.The movie has a lot of laugh out loud scenes,like all the beautiful women obsessed with Will Ferrell's character,and when the characters get tricked into seeing Jersey Boys.Id also like to mention a good idea I thought of when watching this movie,one of the best parts,in my opinion,in the scenes at the beginning with Dwayne Johnson and Samuel L. Jackson as the two head police,I think this would make a great spin-off movie,obviously it would have to be a prequel,but the two actors are good enough to make that work,they clearly made a great team and a prequel showing how the two first met and became a team would be fantastic,people would definitely see it,I personally think.Fans Of Will Ferrell,and Mark Wahlberg in less serious roles should definitely watch The Other Guys.

Two cops (Mark Wahlberg and Will Ferrell) that are always stuck with the parer work of the two head police (Samuel L. Jackson and Dwayne Johnson) finally get an opportunity to experience the kind of work they do everyday.

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0 out of 1 people found the following review useful:

Funny throughout

Author: phd_travel from United States
25 December 2012

There are laughs almost from beginning to end. Most of the characters and situations are hilarious.

The dialog is sharp, current, spontaneous, original and combines both the crude and the sophisticated. Liked the wide ranging references and unexpected jokes.

Good chases and action scenes in NYC too.

Especially liked the running jokes about Eva Mendes as the too hot wife of Will Ferrell and the bribery.

Overall one of the funnier cop comedies made. Remember to watch the closing credits.

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0 out of 1 people found the following review useful:


Author: Chris L from France
4 December 2012

The Other Guys scores an average grade like most of the Adam McKay-Will Ferrell collaborations.

This one starts a bit slower than usual, the time to establish our quirky pair of cops. The plot is rather enjoyable to follow even though, of course, it is very classic and consensual. It unfolds a bit roughly, due to a rhythm issue, which is often the case in McKay's filmography.

As for the humour, the gags are, like always, quite uneven: some are very good, some fall flat, but the absurdity characterizing McKay & Ferrell is still noticeable.

The latter is in a great shape, whereas Wahlberg struggled throughout the movie with this unusual comic role.

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0 out of 1 people found the following review useful:

An okay film to be completely fair

Author: illbebackreviews from Australia
1 December 2012

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

I'll be completely honest with this film. A friend of mine told me to watch 'The Other Guys' and so I gave it a go. I was particularly excited to see the great Samuel L Jackson, to see Dwayne Johnson and also so excited to see Will Ferrel and star from Ted, Mark Walberg.

The film started off extremely well, but soon things began to fall downhill. The start of the film, that is until Jackson and Johnson's characters were killed, was extremely funny with great action making the premise of the story exciting. After their deaths, things went all quiet and the film lost its tone.

Don't get me wrong. I thought that pretty much all the actors did a good job in this film, in particularly Will Ferrel who had some of the funnier moments, but I just don't understand what many people love this film so much. I mean, sure it had some laughs, but the plot has been so overused in many films, its actually quite boring after a little while

In my honest opinion, I myself wouldn't recommend this to those action/comedy fans as I myself am one. Being a huge fan of the Rush Hour series, Lethal Weapon and Die Hard, I found the action in this film extremely boring and the cinematography very ordinary. The script itself isn't very inspirational, the character development doesn't really occur and things don't go that well.

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0 out of 1 people found the following review useful:

Quite humorous.

Author: deatman9 from Canada
22 November 2012

I never really wanted to see this movie all that bad but it was on T.V the other night so I decided hey what the hell and gave it a watch. It did have its funny moments no surprise starring Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg who actually make a pretty good duo together. Ferrell obviously being the more experienced comedian really stole the show and made it good. The story line was kind of unoriginal and it had a huge budget I cant possibly see how they spent it.

This movie is about two cops who are desperate to become the new hero cops after the last two hero cops jumped off a building thinking a little patch of bushes would save them. They take on a new case and try to figure it out and make a name for themselves.

This movie was pretty good but it was nothing special. It definitely had its moments and is worth a watch or two just nothing you will be talking about for days to come after watching.

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0 out of 1 people found the following review useful:

It works great if you watch with least expectations and putting your brain on hibernate

Author: Rameshwar IN from India
13 November 2012

I was skeptical about this and the first 10 minutes of the movie didn't help either. It may not be the best buddy cop parody but the level of slapstick humor can be on par with the Simpsons or Family Guy. Though it has a lot of references, it is original in its own way.

Allen Gamble (Will Ferrell) and Terry Hoitz (Mark Wahlberg) are the most under looked cops in their department and both have their histories for it. When a spot opens up after the death of the department's super cops, Terry wants to step in with his reluctant partner. What starts off as a minor scaffolding charge escalates to a multi-million dollar fraud and these two are in the middle of it.

Wahlberg reprises his role similar to that of the one he played in The Departed, void his superiority and confidence. Ferrell steals the show occasionally as most of the slapstick humor is handled by him especially the pimp back story part. The late realization of them being bribed part was funny so is Ferrell's constant bickering on his hot girl friends. It is intentionally mindless and was willing to do anything to get a laugh out of you. I don't see any innovation on other departments like music or cinematography but editing is slick.

It works great if you watch with least expectations and putting your brain on hibernate.

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