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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.
god damn peacocks got to stop flying around
Film #4 of Scavenger Hunt #8
Task #28. A comedy drama featuring the police
Sometimes, I too yell to people and kick shit out.
Jesus, what was the budget on this film?! HUGE set pieces, explosions, big names, music rights, etc. It's not a bad movie - there are some really, really funny parts - but it's not great either. The scale just doesn't seem to fit the tone. Plus, Mark Wahlberg is not that funny (I've said it before: the most overrated actor of our time). Will Ferrell does Will Ferrell and it's entertaining. Great little role by Michael Keaton. The script felt a little disjointed. Got a free Saturday night at home? This'll do.
Very funny in places but it suffers far too much from improvisation out of control. It looks like they had more fun making it and nobody stepped up to make sure it all fitted together.
Film 8/30 of Scavenger Hunt 8!
Task 28. "A comedy drama featuring the police!"
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I wasn't too keen on this film, which is a disappointment because I've heard a few good things about it. It seems that Mark Wahlberg is only good in The Departed, because I'm yet to see a performance from him elsewhere that I liked and I wasn't a big fan of Will Ferrell either in this film. It has some moments, sure, and there a couple of laughs here and there and I didn't entirely dislike it per say, but this movie is an average, easily forgettable comedy that doesn't stand out and I really wish I'd used this as an excuse to re-watch the superior 21/22 Jump Street films instead.
This movie is hysterical. One of my personal favorite comedies this buddy cop movie with Mark Wahlberg and Will Ferrell gets better with every viewing. Every scene in this film is golden and has ton of laughs. Wahlberg and Ferrell have absurd chemistry in this movie and I'm curious to find out how much of it is ad-libbed. A slightly over-complicated plot definitely does not detract from the pure amount of laughs this movie delivers.
This Movie is a definite "Buy It"
Up there with Anchorman (though it's not as free-associative demented) as one of Ferrell's best. Wahlberg's blank slate acting style perfectly complements Ferrell's nuttiness well. Love the scene where Hotiz meets Mrs Gamble. Very stupid and very awesome.
What a needlessly complicated plot.
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