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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.
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.
Definitely one of Ferrell's best. I normally hate Wahlberg but I loved this movie.
What a needlessly complicated plot.
Could have been so much better. Fun action sequences.
The movie still holds up. Not quite as strong, but a good overall comedy.
Aburrida, sin sentido y mal lograda. Lamentable la basura que es.
Even though The Rock and S.L.J. could've stayed a little longer to make The Other Guys more funnier, Mark Wahlberg and Will Ferrell had great chemistry and the film offered funny moments.
Film #4 of the September 2015 Scavenger Hunt Challenge
Task #14: a buddy cop film
Blending together some impressive action sequences with goofy and absurdist humour, The Other Guys is a playful satirisation of the buddy cop genre that is genuinely funny from start to finish.
There is lots to like about this movie, and plenty to laugh at, but it is the two lead performances from Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg that deliver the best moments. Ferrell, featuring in perhaps his funniest film since 2004's Anchorman, plays the dull cop with a dark past so well, and some of the more absurdly funny moments are played out brilliantly by him. Huge credit must also go to Wahlberg -…
Film # 9 of the "Scavenger Hunt # 6" Challenge
Task # 14: A buddy cop film
“The Other Guys” starts with a big dose of mockery of the ‘buddy cop’ genre, like we know from movies like “Lethal Weapon” and “Bad Boys”. Samuel L. Jackson and Dwayne Johnson are driving through the streets of New York, firing bullets and spitting out one liners. These are the big guys at the police station, where also Hoitz (Mark Wahlberg) and Gamble (Will Ferrell) work. Hoitz has been sentences to a desk job, after accidentally shooting baseball player Derek Jeter and Gamble feels happy with his desk job. When the star duo is no longer a part of the force,…
"Shake your dicks, this pissing contest is over"
One of the most underrated comedies of the 21st century.
I've always been interested in what other people are seeing and watching, and naturally, I love looking at Weekend Box…