The Other Guys
August 7, 2010
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Having been in an environment these past couple weeks that quoted Talladega Nights heavily, I was ready for a new Will Ferrell movie to enter the zeitgeist. The Other Guys is that film…hopefully.
In this buddy cop send-up, Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg star as cops. Not cops with any street experience though, one is one step away from working for the IRS, and the other lives in the shame of who he shot in the line of duty (cameo opportunity). It follows the basic buddy cop plotline, but does so with humor and satire along the way. They come across a big case, one that will shake up things, and deal with the dead-ends and resistance as they get closer. Finally having to go rogue (like all these movies seem to require) to prove their innocence and justify their hunches.
The film is an interesting switch for Ferrell. Instead of being over the top, he chose the quieter role of the two. By doing so, Wahlberg and the supporting cast get a chance to flex their comedic chops. Wahlberg gets the biggest laughs, but Ferrell still gets his licks in. I found myself laughing hysterically at the film, even though the plot lurches as it goes. All in all, this is a solid comedy that (I hope) will make enough money to keep Ferrell in these irreverent and goofy comedies. 3.5 out of 5 stars