The Other Guys: Movie Review
The Other Guys
Cast: Will Ferrell, Mark Wahlberg, Samuel L Jackson, Dwayne
Johnson, Eva Mendes, Michael Keaton, Steve Coogan
Director: Adam McKay
Will Ferrell reteams with director Adam McKay (who made Ferrell famous in
Anchorman, Talladega nights and Step Brothers) for this buddy cop comedy.
Ferrell plays Detective Allen Gamble, a mild mannered desk bound cop whose
partner Terry Hoitz (Wahlberg) is an uptight ready for action, desperate to
The pair suddenly find themselves thrust into the limelight and into a major
job when their department hot shots (excellently played by Samuel L Jackson and
Dwayne Johnson) are taken off an investigation (to say why would spoil one of
the film's best gags).
But when these "other guys" are given the chance to step up and impress the
department captain (played with great comic chops by Michael Keaton) by looking
into the case of billionaire David Ershon (Coogan), not everything goes to
It's another case of check your brain at the door and get ready for some
silly chuckles with The Other Guys. If you do that, you'll be guaranteed a great
time in the company of the hilariously deadpan Will Ferrell.
His at times caustic partnership with Wahlberg works well - even if Wahlberg
spends most of the time shouting, it's a nice contrast with Ferrell's more laid
back and annoying cop.
Where The Other Guys succeeds brilliantly is in its opening minutes - Jackson
and Johnson have a great time deftly parodying every violent crime cop flick and
the start of the film is guaranteed to leave you in stitches.
Some of that momentum is carried on - and once again Ferrell and Wahlberg's
comments are destined for catchphrase status (eg "I'm going to climb over your
anger wall one day - and it'll be glorious" and "Cap'n, I'm a peacock - you've
got to let me fly" are just a selection of the many quotable lines) but sadly
the plot just can't sustain itself to the end.
Thankfully though a smart ensemble cast - including a star turn by Michael
Keaton as a TLC line quoting department head - manage to keep this film on the
right side of hilarious parody.
If you want to just laugh stupidly for reasons that you don't always know
why, then The Other Guys is another good solid addition to Ferrell's comic
contribution - but he's yet to match his turn as Ron Burgundy in Anchorman.