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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.
"No more! He says things I can't say! It involves a mannequin hand...and an electric shaver...taped to a golf club!"
These days, you could very well argue The Other Guys is Adam McKay's absurdist-action-comedy/buddy-cop-spoof/wish-fulfillment-revenge-fantasy prequel to The Big Short, wherein here he could portray fraudulent bankers getting at least some form of comeuppance that none of them were actually dealt in real life.
But more importantly:
This film contains perhaps the single greatest ever cinematic usage of a Foo Fighters song - i.e. My Hero - since Thor competitively chugged beer with Stellan Skarsgård to the strains of Walk way back when...
One of the best PG-13 comedies of the 2010s...a lost art.
'At age 11, I audited my parents. Believe me, there were some discrepancies, and I was grounded.'
I really like the start of The Other Guys. It is a brilliantly cast send up of police action films and it gets to the heart of the film's send up. But when Samuel L. Jackson and Dwayne Johnson are removed, the whole film starts to become a bit so-so. Jokes are hammered home until they just aren't funny any more, and eventually grinds to a predictable conclusion. Adam McKay has, however, struck gold with the unlikely pairing of Ferrell and Wahlberg - their chemistry alone helps the whole thing from spiralling into oblivion.
To a certain degree, Wahlberg is misplaced. Were it…
One of my absolute favorite films. Phenomenal.
Oddly enough, something of a prelude to The Big Short. I submit that Michael Keaton's comeback started not with Birdman but in 2010 with his hilarious turns as Ken in Toy Story 3 and the police chief who moonlights at Bed Bath & Beyond in this movie.
I'm a peacock you gotta let me fly!!!
So much funnier than I expected it to be. It's easy to see from this movie how McKay wound up making The Big Short, but that instructional aspect feels shoehorned into this movie.
The funniest movie in I don't even know how long.
Both times I've watched this it's been over a period of several hours/a day or so, which is strange as that almost never happens with movies and I. I enjoyed it but I found Mark Wahlberg to be kind of awkward with his character. Not his best performance imo, but Will Ferrell is always amazing.
a prime example of why straight white men should not be allowed to make films
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