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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?
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…
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.
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.
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.
This film is so strange but brilliant. Like is said about 21 Jump Street, these two actors should not work but they do, and in such a funny way.
Two desk cops try to crack the biggest case going. The problem is, they are really shit, and one has a wooden gun.
If you have never seen this film before please watch it as it is a good comedy.
We about to have us a little screw party in this red Prius
"Gator's bitches better be using jimmies!"
Although, I'd be totally down if this birthed a sequel.
Considering that Will Ferrell is known for playing stubborn and nonsensical manchildren with a Napoleon Complex, it is very surprising to see him play a role that is incredibly restrained. He's the straight man here and he barely yells. He has some bouts of intellectualism (his takedown on Wahlberg's lion vs tuna insult was brutal), despite his lack of experience in the police force. For some people, it is sort of refreshing to see this change in pace. But his character can become quite monotone, to the point where he's just uninteresting.
Mark Wahlberg here shows great comedic timing and it was very evident when he played Sgt. Dignam in The Departed. Like in that film, he constantly mutter lines…
Oft-hilarious stuff. I'm particularly partial to the TLC references.
"Thanks for the F-shack. Love, Dirty Mike and the Boys."
Michael Keaton in The Other Guys > Michael Keaton in Birdman
I remember my friend Adam telling me about this hilarious movie he saw starring Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg. He was still in fits of laughter over some of the jokes from the film as he saw it just a few hours earlier that day and begged me to go see it with him again that night.
Now Adam has a horrible taste in film, his favourites are the 'Fast and Furious' movies and the Eminem trash '8 Mile'. Words can not describe the disinterest I had in the film, I have never found Ferrell or Wahlberg particularly funny at all so after letting Adam know all of this he still begged me to see it with him. 'Be adventurous…
Finishing out a recent viewing of the middle 3 films between Anchorman and Anchorman 2 that Ferrell and McKay made, this is where you start to see the style be a bit slicker, the budget be a bit bigger and the satire be much more obvious. In fact the greatest thing about this film is it's a clever satire on Wall Street, Hollywood, Cop Films, Male bullshit etc. disguised as a goofy action comedy. It works really well and Ferrell and McKay won't ever get the kind of props they deserve. It'll all go to hack Apatow and his flabby, idiot many Seth Rogen, sadly... McKay as well as being a great comedic mind and ideas man is a truly…
Bad cop badder cop just seals the deal
Surprisingly funny! I loved Samuel L. Jackson and Dwayne Johnson's parts at the start!
It's always been clear to me that Adam McKay is a smart and a funny guy. His films present a sharp take on an issue or genre (Or, in this case, both) without over-stating the satirical elements, and he's more than capable of constructing a laugh. However, his films have never quite clicked with me, and I could never put my finger on why. Until I watched The Other Guys.
Quite why we needed either The Other Guys or The Heat after Hot Fuzz is beyond me, but what is even more baffling is McKay and Paul Fieg's inability to learn from what Edgar Wright did so right. The problem with Adam McKay is just that: He isn't cineliterate enough.…
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