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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...
"At age 11, I audited my parents. Believe me, there were some discrepancies, and I was grounded."
don't go chasing waterfalls
What I got to say about "The Other Guys"is an action comedy with full of just laugh-out-loud funny. The performances by the whole cast is fine. The directing and screenplay is fine.
Before The Big Short I never believed in Adam McKay; but after hearing interviews he did associated with that film and I stumbled across this one in my archives, I now get it. The Other Guys works, mostly because it's not the normal amount of Will Ferrel crude.
The stuff with Samuel L. Jackson and Dwayne Johnson is hilarious. Everything else? Not so much.
I'm so happy Adam McKay finally found a way to make a movie about the Financial system instead of putting it in comedies like this where it doesn't work. Also, Michael Keaton ROCKS.
I can't say that I'm a huge fan of Adam McKay's work, but somehow, "The Other Guys" really worked. It has an interesting premise with a financial setting, the action is thoroughly exciting, and the gags are funny. The crass humour is still there, but it isn't as irritating as in McKays and Will Ferrell's other works like "Step Brothers" and the Anchorman movies.
When it comes to comedy films, the writing can only be as funny as the delivery, and boy do they get it right here. Ferrell, Mark Wahlberg, Michael Keaton, and the rest of the cast get the comedic timing spot on for maximum effect.
Perhaps giving this 5 stars is very generous, but it is one of my guilty pleasures. I have a strange affection for this; I rarely say that about anything with Will Ferrell in it.
I mean it was alright.
It made me laugh
I think it may have even made me shed a tear.
But at the end of the day I hate Will Ferrell
And you're supposed to connect with Mark Wahlberg's character but really he's just a dick.
And i'm sorry but nah,
I prefer Brooklyn 99.
If I wanted cops, RIPD is better
If I wanted Will Ferrell, Get Har dis better
If I wanted Mark Wahlberg, why would I want Mark Walhberg? Well I suppose...... Ted is better. Even though that's more Seth MacFarlane.
Will Ferrell is absolutely amazing in this as well as the writers who came up with the lion and tuna joke.
Also contains one of the best lines ever:
"I hope you enjoy the taste of prison food... and penis."
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