|Directed by:||Adam McKay|
|Written by:||Adam McKay, Chris Henchy|
|Starring:||Will Ferrell, Mark Wahlberg, Eva Mendes, Steve Coogan, Michael Keaton, Samuel L. Jackson, Dwayne Johnson|
|Released:||September 9, 2010|
I wasn’t sure what to expect from the unorthodox pairing of Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg but it turns out they make a likeable comedic duo. They’ve teamed up in The Other Guys to play two goofball police officers. Ferrell plays Allen Gamble – a forensic accountant who loves to sit at his desk and fill out pointless paperwork. He’s a nerd, pure and simple. Wahlberg plays Terry Hoitz – an action-loving detective who was demoted after accidentally shooting a big-name baseball player. He has serious anger management issues.
Tired of being the “losers” in the office, Allen and Terry want to make a name for themselves. They want to get out on the street and bring down some hardened criminals. I should point out that these guys are not like the super-intelligent detectives you might see on CSI: New York. They have absolutely no idea what they’re doing. There’s one moment where they turn up at a crime scene and accidentally drive their car over a dead body. There’s another segment where they get confused with the good-cop / bad-cop routine.
Despite all their deficiencies, they miraculously find themselves on the tail of a high-profile businessman (Coogan) who is up to something dodgy. They just need to figure out what it is and who is involved. This is their chance to impress.
I think I suffer from biopolar disorder when it comes to Will Ferrell comedies. I hated Talladega Nights and I didn’t care much for Anchorman. Both those films were written and directed by Adam McKay, the same guy responsible for The Other Guys. For whatever reason (probably because I took my correct medication), I found this much funnier.
Ferrell and Wahlberg are great alongside each other. I’ve become accustomed to seeing Wahlberg in dramatic/action roles but he’s branched out in 2010 with his humorous performance in The Other Guys and his scene-stealing efforts in Date Night. The film is further strengthened by its quirky supporting characters. Michael Keaton stands out as a police captain who works a second job at a bedding store so he can send his bisexual son to college. Need I say any more?
I started to tire during the film’s second half but The Other Guys deserves inclusion in my list of Will Ferrell comedies that I’m willing to endorse.