2015 was a good year in cinema viewing for me, but artistically I've never felt more in a rut. I…
The Other Guys
When the cops are busy... Our only hope is...
NYPD detectives Christopher Danson (Johnson) and P.K. Highsmith (Jackson) are the baddest and most beloved cops in New York City. They don't get tattoos, other men get tattoos of them. Two desks over and one back, sit detectives Allen Gamble (Ferrell) and Terry Hoitz (Wahlberg). You've seen them in the background of photos of Danson and Highsmith, out of focus and eyes closed. They're not heroes, they're "the other guys." But every cop has his or her day and soon Gamble and Hoitz stumble into a seemingly innocuous case no other detective wants to touch that could turn into NYC's biggest crime. It's the opportunity of their lives, but do these guys have the right stuff?
Never has a Ferrell/McKay production strayed so far off the path of their trademark surrealism, and that's precisely why The Other Guys is such a breath of fresh air. Even with some comedic moments that don't quite hit their mark, McKay's film is an outrageously goofy and grounded buddy cop extravaganza. Ferrell and Wahlberg were practically made for each other, and their emasculating/macho dynamic is nothing less than side-splitting. Wahlberg's facial expressions in particular are just fucking hilarious.
However, the main reason why The Other Guys works, even more so than the titular relationship, is the constant craftsmanship of the action set-pieces. Every car chase and gunfight is tremendously fun and energetic, with perfect song choices and lively camerawork…
The Good: Ridiculously funny. Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg have a fucking great chemistry together. The whole cast does a fantastic job, but its Michael Keaton who steals the show. The TLC references. The tuna versus lion argument. The whisper fight at the funeral. When Terry (Wahlberg) meets Sheila (Eva Mendes). The entire grandma scene. The Crown Heights rapist. Dirty Mike and the Boys. Christinith. Gator. Desk pop. Soup kitchen. Spite shit. Prius. Bed Bath & Beyond. Rape whistle. A shitload of quotable one-liners -- "Aim for the bushes." "Shake your dicks, this pissing contest is over!" "I feel like we're literally driving around in a vagina." "I don't like you. I think you're a fake cop. The sound of your…
Do you want to see a movie that's equal parts Lethal Weapon and Anchorman?
Do you want to hear, in detail, how salmon could kill a pride of lions?
Do you want to see a movie where people wrestle very quietly, Michael Keaton repeatedly and accidentally quotes TLC, and Steve Coogan sounds a bit like Jeremy Clarkson?
Do you - do you - want to see a movie where a man is hit with a wooden gun for comic effect?
I want to see that. I want to see that hard.
If a film is a buddy cop film, it has an instant advantage over other films with me.
It's probably just as well, then, that The Other Guys is a buddy cop film otherwise I'd have been moaning at Letterboxd on Twitter to let us do minus stars.
I was going to do a proper review of this but I believe my words when the final credits hit were, "Oh fuck off you piece of....fucking film. Fuck off film!" Yeah, it rendered me incapable of being able to produce a coherent sentence. So fuck off film indeed.
This movie was funny and good. I liked it.
For some reason I just cannot keep myself from watching this every time it comes on TV. Ive probably watched it close to 8 times now. That Tuna fish-Lion scene is quite honestly one of my favourite cinematic moments of all time.
I have a lot of conflicting thoughts about The Other Guys which I wasn't expecting. It's very true to what it is on the surface - a silly buddy-cop comedy - but it also has an absurdist tone and flirts with being a satire without fully committing to anything. The film is decidedly weird and McKay certainly wants to say what something about white collar crime, but it still doesn't quite fit together outside of being a ridiculous for ridiculousness' sake. While I did laugh out loud a few times, much of the humor also felt unpolished, immature, and repetitive.
This is a fantastic comedy! I love absolutely everything in this movie and it always stays hilarious. Adam McKay really knows what he's doing when he makes a comedy. This film nails everything on every level. I had to watch this after Hail, Caesar! to get the bad taste out of my mouth. This is one of my favorite comedies, and can be watched anytime.
Mir war gar nicht mehr bewusst, dass Regisseur Adam McKay (The Big Short) die Finanzwelt und Bankbetrug auch hier schon verarbeitet hatte.
Der typische WillFerrell-Humor, improvisierte Szenen, das Finanzthema und jede Menge Gastauftritte machen den Film sehenswert.
Meine Lieblingsszene: www.youtube.com/watch?v=wpsUdKD1XYE
Smarter, funnier, more subversive, and featuring better performances than The Big Short.
I quote this film more than Step Brothers and Anchorman...and that is quite a lot.
"I'm a peacock...you gotta let me fly!"
Funnier the second time around. The jokes seem to land better after knowing how the plot goes. Sam Jackson and the Rock still steal the show despite their brief appearances.
Michael Keaton repeatedly quoting TLC with no knowledge of their existence is just a really solid joke.
McKay estava mesmo predestinado a criticar o mercado financeiro. Ele é um "the good guy", de fato.
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