The Other Guys (2010) – 6/10 buddy-buddy police action comedy movie review

Cast / crew
Director: Adam McKay
Will Ferrell: Allen Gamble
Mark Wahlberg: Terry Hoitz
Eva Mendes: Dr. Sheila Gamble
Michael Keaton: Captain Gene Mauch
Steve Coogan: David Ershon
Ray Stevenson: Roger Wesley
Samuel L. Jackson: P.K. Highsmith
Dwayne Johnson: Christopher Danson
Producer: Will Ferrell
Producer: Adam McKay
Producer: Jimmy Miller
Producer: Patrick Crowley
Writer: Adam McKay
Writer: Chris Henchy
Adam McKay: Dirty Mike

Other Guys, The (2010)

After mega-star, mega-hero cops Highsmith and Danson are killed in the line of duty, it leaves a giant hole in the department. Angry cop Terry Hoitz sees an opportunity to get his career back on track but he doesn’t see eye-to-eye with partner accountant cop Allen Gamble.

6/10

Despite some serious plot clunkiness and out-of-place dialogue, this does have enough charm and energy to get by. Ferrell makes it. He nails everything (the comedy, the dark side) but his ability to deliver a line is in stark contrast to Wahlberg. Wahlberg gets funny lines but doesn’t know how to deliver them; additionally, his Hulk-outs aren’t as effective as Ferrell’s. He’s supposed to be a diminutive ball of barely contained fury but he doesn’t quite get there and it’s a surprise when he says angry stuff while only looking like he’s struggling to remember his lines. However, there’s a good number of funny gags (a silent scuffle at a funeral is surprisingly good fun), Ferrell makes it, the plot has a backbone, the plot-related end credits are fascinating and the movie, as a whole, is fun and charming and works despite faults.

This movie contains mild swear words, strong adult dialogue and violence.

Classified 12A by BBFC. Persons under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

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