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The Other Guys (2010)

A movie directed by Adam McKay

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Much, much funnier than I expected. I'm still laughing...

  • Nov 12, 2010
Rating:
+4
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I saw this on a plane this week and practically splurted out coffee on the woman next to me when Samuel L. delivered the line: "If I wanna hear you talk, I'll shove my arm up your ass and work your mouth like a puppet!" Pure poetry.

In fact, you can pretty much skip the by-the-numbers plot and focus on the outstandingly hilarious dialog. Here are some more gems:
  • "We found your stolen Prius, it was voting for Ralph Nader. "
  • "Your farts aren't manly. They sound like a baby blowing out birthday candles."
The Other Guys is a no-holds-barred send up of the 1980 buddy cop action flick. The over-the-top car chases with Samuel L and The Rock pull together many of the the truly ludicrous stunts that seemed to pass as reasonable in those movies. It's all topped with delicious one-liners ("You have the right to remain silent... but I want to hear you scream!") that would make Shane Black proud.

The writer/director also has an axe to grind on the whole financial industry bailout, and there's an excellent Powerpoint-style series of stats that accompany the credits. The bad guys here aren't regular thieves but C-level white-collar types committing financial fraud. It shows how far we've come since the days of Lethal Weapon and 24 Hours.

Will Ferrell is Will Ferrell but the comedic star here is Mark Wahlberg. After being mercilessly ripped by Adam Samberg on SNL, his line delivery actually suits comedy perfectly. The whole thing is like a 90-minute comedy sketch more than a movie, and there are enough funny lines and visual gigs to hide the plot. It's been a pretty thin year for comedy, so this is definitely one not to miss.

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November 12, 2010
highly entertaining review as always, James! Thanks!
November 12, 2010
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review by . December 13, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
3 1/2 stars:
Throughout history there have been heroes, mighty heroes who have  rose up out of the shadows to defend humanity during there  darkest hours they have stood tall against oppression and hatred to become some of the most  recognizable names in history. These heroes are know far and wide for there heroic acts and selflessness   but what about the guys who do there job day  in and day out what about the guys who don't get there names in the history books or are adored …
Quick Tip by . April 17, 2011
Not as funny as some of Ferrell's other movies, but still worth a few laughs.
review by . August 16, 2010
I don't think I'm saying anything terribly controversial or original when I state that Will Farrell movies tend to be a mixed bag. His most beloved star vehicles TALLEDEGA NIGHTS and ANCHORMAN, feature many truly hilarious moments, but also moments that just seem a bit weird and random. Farrell and his friend/co-writer/director Adam McKay just can't seem to stop taking diversions that are little more than whims. Sometimes these random moments have a life and excitement of their own (Ron Burgundy …
Quick Tip by . December 25, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
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Dull, dumb, and highly unfunny "The Other Guys" proves to be one of the weakest comedies of the year by far; this one joke film is a supposed spoof on the buddy cop genre. Spoofing such classics such as "Lethal Weapon" and "Rush Hour" but all this film does is deliver one cringe inducing joke after another, after another, after another, after another after... well I think you get the picture. "The Other Guys" suffers from what most comedies do these days, …
Quick Tip by . December 15, 2010
Will Ferrell continues his streak of incessantly unfunny movies with THE OTHER GUYS. The flick offers, at best, a few modest laughs and showcases a nearly completely wasted Mark Wahlberg as Ferrell's uptight partner.
review by . August 12, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
Like Laurel and Hardy, like Abbot and Costello, like Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis, Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg are perfectly mismatched in the buddy cop film "The Other Guys," although outward appearances suggest this would not be the case. They could not be anything less alike, physically, behaviorally, or even professionally; Wahlberg, for example, has been nominated for an Oscar, and Ferrell ... hasn't. Despite this - or perhaps because of this - they play off of each other with the timing …
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Two mismatched New York City detectives (Ferrell and Wahlberg) seize an opportunity to step up like the city's top cops whom they idolize -- only things don't go exactly  as planned.

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  • Opens Friday, August 6, 2010 | Runtime:1 hr. 47 min.
  • PG-13: crude and sexual content, violence, some drug material and language
     
  • Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg star as cops in this comedy directed by Adam McKay and co-written by McKay and Land of the Lost scribe Chris Henchy. Dwayne Johnson, Samuel L. Jackson, and Steve Coogan co-star.
    When a forensic accountant and a trigger-happy detective, both of whom idolize the city's top cops, get a chance to step up and improve upon their "B team" status, things don't quite go as planned.
  • Cast: Will Ferrell, Mark Wahlberg, Eva Mendes, Michael Keaton, Dwayne Johnson, Samuel L. Jackson
  • Director: Adam McKay
  • Genres: ComedyPolice Comedy


  • Although the comedy team of Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg does not sound like a threat to Laurel and Hardy or Abbott and Costello, they conjure up consistent laughs inThe Other Guys, yet another comedy fromTalladega Nightsdirector Adam McKay. Ferrell plays a mild-mannered police accountant partnered with Wahlberg's hothead (recently demoted to desk-jockey duty after shooting a very famous Yankee player during the World Series), and both men must endure the showboating fame of a pair of supercops (Samuel L. Jackson and Dwayne Johnson) in their New York City precinct house....
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    Director: Adam McKay
    Genre: Action, Adventure
    Release Date: August 6, 2010
    MPAA Rating: PG-13
    Runtime: 107 minutes
    Studio: Sony Pictures
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