Review: “The Other Guys”

August 16, 2010 at 12:16 pm 1 comment

Will Ferrell and Adam McKay have a generally proven track record for big-screen comedies.  They’ve worked together on several of Will Ferrel’s biggest hits, including Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy and Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby.  The two are also behind the Internet comedy website ‘Funny or Die’.  Now, the duo have given us The Other Guys, a buddy-cop movie also starring Mark Wahlberg, Samuel L. Jackson, and Dwayne Johnson.  Unfortunately, their first ‘action movie’ flick doesn’t work as well as their all-out comedies.

The Other Guys are Ferrel and Wahlberg, two desk jockeys with the NYPD.  Wahlberg desperately wants to get in on the action, with the spotlight shining squarely on Jackson and Johnson, the city’s two supercops with a penchant for destruction and a distaste for paperwork.  When the opportunity presents itself, Wahlberg drags his reluctant partner on what he perceives is a career-making case.  Turns out, Ferrell’s case, one involving permits for building construction, is “the big one”, and the two get caught up in a Ponzi scheme investigation with billions of dollars at stake.

Sounds exciting, right?  The problem with the other guys is that it wants to be a really funny action movie, but has a hard time merging the two genres.  Similar to how Kevin Smith’s Cop Out from earlier this year didn’t work on all levels, McKay allows his actors to kind of run loose.  Some jokes drag a bit too long, some actors try too hard.  The gag with Ferrel having a hot wife (Eva Mendez) felt like an SNL skit that lasted for a few scenes too long.  Also, while I respect Michael Keaton as an actor, he tries way too hard to be funny, especially in the beginning of the movie.  This flick needed a straight-laced character, and Keaton could’ve been much funnier if he wasn’t playing for laughs.

On the action side, the movie has some high moments.  The car chases in the flick are exciting, with automobiles flying through the air, wrecking against each other.  The last act of the movie is also fun to watch, with Wahlberg getting to beat a few people up and fire his guns, John Woo-style.

In the end, the movie is probably what you’d expect from a Will Ferrell flick disguised as an action movie.  There are definitely some laughs to be had, but this one might be best served on your Netflix queue rather than at the theatre.



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  • 1. theweeklyargus  |  August 16, 2010 at 2:58 pm

    In my opinion, Will Ferrell hasn’t put out a good movie since Old School. He plays the same character in every movie, and the joke is wearing thin.


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