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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.
I love the audacity of Adam McKay to end a mainstream action-comedy with an angry 7-minute lesson on Ponzi schemes and capitalist corruption.
"I think the best way to tell the story is by starting at the end, briefly, then going back to the beginning, and then periodically returning to the end, maybe giving different characters' perspectives throughout. Just to give it a bit of dynamism, otherwise it's just sort of a linear story."
I'd have never put any of these people together in this movie. That seems to be the case in all of Adam McKay's films. I'm learning to just let the man run just as far as his little legs will carry him and enjoy watching the sheer lunacy of it.
Wow! I like the idea of Adam McKay directing Wil Farrell and Mark Wahlberg in a buddy cop comedy, but this fucking movie was so bad it actually made Cop Out seem good by comparison! The plot was so convoluted and lame that I checked out on it about 15 minutes in, and most of the dialog was terrible to the point that it had to be mostly improved. The few decent jokes that did pop up were revisited until they weren't funny anymore (a TLC reference is funny once, but four times is just retarded). The worst part is that it's only about 90 minutes, but it felt like four hours. At least Eva Mendez is hot.
Not bad, but sadly it peaks right at the beginning with "aim for the bushes".
More Ferrell inanity, less generic action next time plz.
Strangely, this is Adam McKay's prequel to The Big Short.
vod - deut.
Way funnier than I hoped for going in. And probably McKay's best/most consistent outing yet. Wahlberg doesn't get enough credit as a comedic actor.
” I'm like a peacock, you gotta let me fly!”
Alright. Let me go straight to the point. I am not going to sit and write a negative review on Adam McKay’s The Other Guys whilst pretending to be a snob that doesn’t think that dick jokes can be funny. Yeah, sure I like my fillet mignon and all that gourmet shit that’s delicious, but once in a while it does feel good to drive to McDonalds and take a big bite into one of their fat oily lazily cooked hamburgers while sitting in my feminine smart forfour. Fuck yes it does feel good. Sure, I know that this isn’t a masterpiece by Bergman or Wilder but who cares? I was left satisfied. The Other Guys does not excel at literally anything but it gets the job done. It’s funny!
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So behind Sam Jackson with 37 films, ive got Will Ferrell with 35. Why? You may ask. Well, i have…
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