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Two mismatched New York City detectives seize an opportunity to step up
like the city's top cops whom they idolize -- only things don't quite
go as planned.
Comedies come in all shapes and sizes. Some are laugh-out-loud hilarious while others while make you sit expressionless. I didn't have the highest hopes of this film, and I didn't receive the best of it either... The first thing that intrigued me was the actors. Okay, seems like a typical role for Will Ferrell, but Mark Wahlberg? Things are about to get interesting.. They both played the role well, but this leads me to the next thing; the humor. Typical comedies have this thing about jokes about penis. I consider this a type of humor, as it doesn't think of clever responses, but inserting the word 'penis' and it ends up hilarious. The Other Guys.. not so much. The humor was very dry and sarcastic and you've got to pay attention to the story to get the humor. Me, I'm not a fan of this type of humor as it seems too stupid. This is coming from a person who likes Step Brothers, 21 Jump Street, and the Hangover, but the director seemed to lose his toll. The jokes were fast and clean, and I have to admit, some parts made me laugh, but overall the humor just wasn't my thing. Everything else was okay in my opinion, but the movie's humor just fell short, as it wasn't my thing...
SHOULD YOU WATCH IT? If you understand and like this type of humor, then you'll apparently love this film. It's a parody of buddy-cop films, that interestingly wasn't funny to me, but that's just me. 5/10.
With a cast like this,there will be something for everyone. If you're
looking for a serious gripping plot with an end game, forget this.
Indeed the producers did a great job with the trailer, as, it perhaps
has the best bits of the film in it. That said, there are some
genuinely laugh out lines here to keep you amused. Will Ferrell has a
knack of creating these over the top characters, sometimes to the point
of making you cringe. But I would let this film wash over you, there
are some great ideas here, but do leave you thinking "I wish they could
of expanded that idea."
The Other Guys won't win any awards, but it wont offend either.
This movie is worth watching for its unconventional, weird, almost new
kind of comedy that can sometimes leave you confused, or cringing, but
also laughing at the audacious impossibility of what you're watching.
This is hardly realistic, generously exaggerated, and certainly not for
everyone to be able to laugh at. But if my descriptions are making
sense to you on an emotional or gut-feeling level, if you feel how a
movie like that would be like, and you think you can laugh at it, then
definitely watch it.
A niche kind of comedy that should make the compatible audience laugh with abandon, and probably keep remembering certain lines and scenes for a long time to come.
Kevin Smith should take notes here this is how a good buddy cop comedy
movie should go, not his terrible Cop Out which lets be honest sucked.
Mark Wahlberg and Will Ferrell play off of each other so well and Eva Mendes did a great job as Ferrell's wife. The punchlines are delivered perfectly and if you don't laugh out loud then I seriously don't think you'll laugh at anything. A lot of times every good funny line they have is stuffed into the commercial, in this movie that's just the tip of the iceberg.
Also Michael Keaton is hilarious as their captain.
Samuel L. Jackson and Dwayne Johnson play the roles of the two bad ass cops that everyone looks up to, but due to unforeseen actions they bite the bullet. So Wahlberg and Ferrell's cop characters who aren't as well received decide to pick up the slack.
I rented this and lost all interest halfway through. Will Ferrell is
sticking to his typical "serious screaming of absurd ideas" brand of
comedy, which holds hands with his idea of "play old memorable tunes
out of typical-movie context" to produce humor. Mark Wahlberg is such a
great actor that I've seen this character in every one of his movies,
except this one is slightly looser than the others. There's also a
number of other actors you've seen before and explosions and TLC
references that are slightly humorous still today.
Call me jaded, but this was an excuse to get Will Ferrell in a somewhat-action oriented movie. I did like the over-the-top beginning and the overall teamup of Samuel L. Jackson and The Rock, but that was short-lived. And Steve Coogan annoys me, ever since seeing 24 Hour Party People. Maybe the movie just wasn't for me, but it was definitely better than Bewitched. D-
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
I don't know if I can say enough good things about this film. It was exactly what I expected and much more. It hit the comedy nail on the head repeatedly, from witty oneliners, extended quotable dialogue, over the top slapstick, and some quirky character humor. Johnson and Jackson are two hotshot action hero cops that cause more damage than the crooks they apprehend. But this film isn't about them. It's about desk-cops Wahlberg and Ferrell. These two make a surprising comic duo. Wahlberg is the angry/disgraced cop looking to get back in the field, and Ferrell is more of a number cruncher. After investigating a scaffolding violation, they are dragged into an action scenario. The film kept me in stitches by variating on its humor throughout. There are a number of memorable scenes from the whisper fight to the accidental bribes. It knows when to finish a joke and most impressive of all, Ferrell moves away from the lovable idiot character. He sometimes misjudges a situation, but his character's competence is refreshing. Wahlberg is a perfect comedy performer. Best of all, we get to see Keaton back in a fairly large, comedic role. Well cast, well played, and I have a feeling it will have a high rewatchability factor.
"The Other Guys" starts off as just another cop-buddy movie but, about
a third of the way in, it suddenly finds its mojo and turns into a
clever, frequently hilarious send-up of not only police procedurals but
the whole corporate and bank bailout outrages of the past several
The mismatched big-city detectives are played by Will Ferrall and Mark Wahlberg, the former a forensic accountant named Allen Gamble who prefers crushing numbers at his desk to crushing criminals on the streets, and the latter, a stereotypically gung-ho, trigger-happy hothead named Terry Hoitz, who's been busted down to an office clerk for accidentally shooting Derek Jeter at the ballpark, and who's chomping at the bit to get back to doing what he does best. Together, Allen and Terry mount an investigation into a billionaire (Steve Coogan) who's become the target of a corporate client (Anne Heche) to whom he owes a great deal of money.
"The Other Guys" could easily have been just another big-budget throwaway filled with lame comic set-ups and even lamer jokes. Instead, screenwriters Chris Henchy and Adam McCay (who also directed the film) have come up with a manic mixture of goofiness and near-surrealism that they have refined into a tasty comic brew. Most of the dialogue is sharp and witty, and the situations stop just short of all-out theater-of-the-absurd.
Much of the success of the film can be attributed to the wonderful performances by the two leads, whose decidedly different acting styles complement one another so completely. Wahlberg's deadpan, "straight-man" restraint provides a perfect foil for Ferrall's more over-the-top comic outrageousness, and part of the joy lies in watching these two old pros find their rhythm and go with it. There's also a goodly number of "name" players in the supporting cast, including Eva Mendes as Allen's ultra-supportive "plain" wife, Sheila; Michael Keaton as the police captain who moonlights as a manager at Bed Bath & Beyond; Rob Riggle and Damon Wayans, Jr. as a pair of hyperkinetic, shoot-first-and-ask-questions-later cops (their brief scene at an elementary school career day is itself worth the price of admission); and Dwayne Johnson and Samuel L. Jackson in cameo roles as a pair of super-charged, risk-taking detectives who take the phrase "let's hit the pavement" to a whole new, fatally literal level. And all are excellent.
There's not much point in trying to look too deeply into "The Other Guys." Just sit back and enjoy watching big-budget Hollywood filmmakers get one right for a change.
Great movie, forget all the people giving 1-3 for this. The plot is
such, that stiff serious people will not like this movie and give it a
But if you have a funny bone and your into good comedies and your not serious, then watch this movie.
The acting was as good as it gets, what more could a guy ask for. This film is definitely underrated.
Sit back and enjoy a nice easy film with many great jokes that had me and my wife laughing.
Would I pay the cinema price? Definitely.
Wow, this was unexpected. Compared to most cop films, this is a fresh,
hilarious, and highly original movie. It took what was essentially an
ordinary-guy-rising-up story and brought it to a whole new level. There
are heroes and then there are the Other Guys.
When the city is in need of protection, somebody has to step in as it's next generation of heroes. However, those heroes are a rather odd and mismatched duo: the docile and nerdy Allen Gamble (Will Ferrell) and the tough and aggressive Terry Hoitz (Mark Wahlberg). If they can get their act together, try to get over their opposing personalities, and understand what it means to be a cop, then these two detectives can solve a bewildering case surrounding a billionaire in distress (Steve Coogan).
What a great flick. With excellent comedy, cool action, and an all-star cast, this movie will bring joy and laughs to you from beginning to end. Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg are tremendously funny, constantly arguing and throwing insults at each other as well as others around them while people are dying and things are blowing up everywhere. All the jokes are truly original and everyone, such as Michael Keaton and Eva Mendes, does a good job.
I didn't expect much from this movie but now that I've seen it, it exceeded my expectations. Go see this awesome detective comedy and enjoy.
The closing title sequence shows us brash, vibrantly decorated charts
and graphs of infuriating information about ballooned CEO bonuses,
billion-dollar bank bailouts, Ponzi schemes and other installments in
the index of recent economic villainy. This is, to all intents and
purposes, a leg-puller for a movie much different from the one that
we've just seen. For a film that means to show righteous indignation at
present-day capitalism, it is made unmistakably clear in every scene
how bloated and over-the-top the film's budget is. Sometimes these
scenes are done very well, like when Coogan keeps distracting Ferrell
and Wahlberg by giving them tickets to shows, we see them briefly at
this huge star-studded events that must've cost a million or so to get
in the movie, then back to them determinedly returning to Coogan's
office frustrated that he keeps distracting them. The point of the
movie is almost to include as many stars, mammoth stunt and special
effects sequences and locations as possible in an hour and fifty
minutes. This also causes the movie to languish through tons of scenes
that do nothing to move anything along. You could shake this movie for
a long time before every fatty minute has fallen out.
Its plot does include a deceitful equity-fund manager, played by the dependable British comic actor Steve Coogan, and a Wall Street heartbreaker, but the plot is neither the movie's purpose nor its most remarkable element. Rather, McKay plays to his comic strong suits and those of his recurrent on-screen collaborator, Will Ferrell. Simply put, The Other Guys is most genuinely itself when it coddles in a spontaneous but still closely controlled absurdity that has the upshot of dispersing, instead of stimulating, whatever real-world resentment or aggravation you may have. Once again, and for the first time in a while, Ferrell uses his narrow body, his spry impulses and his markedly transposable voice to sponge incongruent and ludicrous qualities into an untouched but somehow immediately representative comic character.
Allen Gamble, Ferrell's easygoing, desk-bound police detective, lacks the self-important onslaught of Ron Burgundy or the down-home belligerence of Ricky Bobby. Rather, he's assertively, brazenly, uncompromisingly submissive, an explosive namby-pamby. Gamble is shy, naive, inexplicably irresistible to Eva Mendes and yet unmindful of their attention. He makes no sense whatsoever, save for in the ridiculous framework of the movie's zaniest scenes. Gamble's antithesis is Terry Hoitz, an inauspicious detective played by Mark Wahlberg, who seems like an irate leghorn beside Ferrell's timid emu. Indeed, the two of them provide a more colorful, if less lucid, animal allegory in one of the film's funniest scenes, a semantic quarrel in which lions dispute tunas for animal kingdom domination.
When it functions in this senseless sector of dialogue riffing and unsubtle clowning, the most virtuoso instance of which is a fight at a funeral carried out in polite whispers, The Other Guys offers some pretty big laughs. The Rock and Sam Jackson send up their stock personas and then skip out to let Ferrell and Wahlberg take care of business. Then Ferrell and Wahlberg are generous enough to surrender some opportunity to Michael Keaton, as the gristly precinct captain, and to Rob Riggle and Damon Wayans Jr., as Gamble and Hoitz's loathsome precinct competitors.
It all pulsates along satisfactorily for about 45 minutes, with Mendes coming around for a teasing, good-humored turn as Gamble's wife, Wahlberg incredulous and Ferrell dismissing her charms. But The Other Guys tackles a genre merger that's basically a detracting commercial barricade. The Other Guys, despite the unfulfilled promise of the closing titles, beefs up potential that it has no actual penchant to meet. It may be that no one can shame the unashamed VIPs of the financial sector, but it would be pleasant to give Ferrell and Wahlberg a turn.
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