The Other Guys (2010)
Directed by Adam McKay
Starring: Will Ferrell, Mark Wahlberg, Eva Mendes, Michael Keaton, Derek Jeter
Allen (Ferrell) and Terry (Wahlberg) are two of New York’s most over-matched detectives. As partners they have nothing in common, and they’ve become the joke of their department. When they see an opportunity to become the best, Terry and Allen make their movie. As a big case unfolds before them the odds seemed stacked against them. Their style of police work seems to bring more trouble than it’s worth, but they just might be onto something.
What could be more entertaining than two hapless cops trying to succeed in a field where precision is everything. Sure the premise is old and used too often, but this one worked for me. Adam McKay (Talladega Nights) gets back with Will Ferrell (Everything Must Go) for another over-the-top comedy. In addition to Ferrell, the movie features Mark Wahlberg (Four Brothers), Eva Mendes (Cleaner), and Michael Keaton (Mr. Mom). There are also fun moments thanks to Samuel L. Jackson (Pulp Fiction), Dwayne Johnson (Fast Five), and Derek Jeter.
What this one lacks in actual writing, it makes up for with pretty funny moments throughout. The script isn’t intended as much more than a vehicle for the obvious and not-so-obvious comedic moments. Ferrell and Wahlberg actually work nicely opposite one another. They have good chemistry and the rest of the cast are also used nicely. There is also a nice amount of the Little River Band mixed in throughout.
Don’t get me wrong, this isn’t the best movie ever. This is just a funny cop comedy that I happen to enjoy a whole lot. If you’re a fan of the actors and you haven’t seen this one I’d be a bit surprised. This is clean enough for the family, but still has some kick. I give this one 3.2 out of 5 stars and I also consider this to be one of my guiltiest pleasures.