The Other Guys

70127228While an elite pair of New York City cops nabs headlines for their amazing heroics, fellow boys in blue Allen and Terry toil in obscurity as lowly desk jockeys, until a big break finally gives them a chance to tackle real police work.

Year: 2010
Certificate: 15
Director: Adam McKay
Starring: Will Ferrell, Mark Wahlberg, Eva Mendes, Michael Keaton, Steve Coogan, Ray Stevenson, Samuel L. Jackson, Dwayne Johnson, Lindsay Sloane, Natalie Zea, Rob Riggle, Damon Wayans Jr., Brett Gelman
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I’ll start by being completely honest. I’m not the biggest fan of Will Ferrell and, although I like Mark Wahlberg, he pretty much plays Mark Wahlberg in every movie.

Regardless of those facts I gave ‘The other Guys’ a go and I was pleasantly surprised. This is a typical buddy cop movie. Two detectives, very different in style are forced to work together to get the bad guy. Normally the setting for this is an action film with car chases, gun fights and explosions. The Other Guys has all of that surrounded by some pretty funny stuff.

One of the reasons I gave this movie a chance is because it had Dwayne Johnson (Hercules) and Samuel L. Jackson (Changing Lanes) in comedy roles and they don’t disappoint in the small part they play in the story line.

The true star of the show is the chemistry between the two main stars. They work together well on-screen and it helps. You have the serious, action seeking Wahlberg and the pencil pushing Ferrell. Add to that an extended cast of Eva Mendes (Once Upon a Time in Mexico) as Ferrels long-suffering wife, Michael Keaton (Robocop) playing the forever under pressure police chief/Bed bath and beyond employee and Steve Coogan (I’m Alan Partridge), with ‘The Other Guys’ you’ve got a pretty large but very good cast and the film is better for it.

With snappy one liners and a script full of jokes you are bound to enjoy this comedy especially if you have enjoyed other Adam McKay films such as Anchorman 1&2, Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby and Step Brothers (Notice the Ferrell connection) then check this movie out. Unless you hated those films in which case, I would watch something else!

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  1. I enjoyed this so much I’ve seen it twice and I don’t really have time for that these days! Like you I’m not a fan of Will Ferrell but they bounce of each other brilliantly in this movie.

    Good review and summary. Well worth watching.

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