Review: ‘The Other Guys’

Wednesday, August 4 by

The Other Guys
PG-13, 107min., 2010
Cast: Will Farrell, Mark Wahlberg, Micheal Keaton, Steve Coogan, Eva Mendes, Ray Stevenson, Damon Waynes Jr., Rob Riggle with Samuel L. Jackson and Dwayne Johnson
Directed by Adam McKay
Screening Adam McKay and Chris Henchy

After a painful and teeth pulling summer of failed action movies and lazy comedies, The Other Guys saves the season, busting on the scene as the funniest and funky freshest action comedy to come from the Adam McKay/Will Farrell powerhouse since Anchorman.

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The duo threw every movie parody and tough guy comic sketch at the wall and saw what stuck. They succeed in almost every scene, whether it’s bullets flying or mouths spouting off-one liners, and by the end of summer most of us will know what a "soup kitchen" is, and we’ll think twice before parking our cars on the street ever again.

Oh but wait! The plot. Without giving away too many surprises – there are few up this movie’s sleeve that haven’t been ruined by reviews or added Internet features – an unaccredited narrator, Ice-T, tells us about the gritty streets of New York City and how they are run by super police force duo Highsmith and Danson (Samuel L. Jackson and Dwayne Johnson).

When Highsmith and Danson are put into ‘early retirement’, it’s time for odd couple partners Det. Holtz and Gamble (Mark Walhberg doing some of his best work since The Departed and Will Farrell surpressing his man-child with a more straight-laced approach) to step up to the plate and protect the city from white collar criminal, Wall Street sleaze Ernson (Steve Coogan doing what he does best by annoying people with his bad decisions).

Director Adam McKay, with the script from himself and sketch comic vet Chris Henchy, and all of its cast’s improv humor works so well this time. The characters and their terrible behavior work together, Wahlberg and Farrell bring a high level energy with an all-star supporting cast that includes Micheal Keaton, Eva Mendes, Ray Stevenson, Lindsay Sloane, Damon Waynes Jr., Rob Riggle, and of course Jackson/Johnson duo. Everyone seems to be having a fun time playing with action and comedy that is set in front of them.

The gags and scenes that work the most range from a hilarious boozing bar montage, Wahlberg shooting a famous somebody, a car chase that involves every sort of world gangster, and Keaton’s subconscious quoting of hip-hop group TLC.

It’s great to see Keaton playing it for laughs again, not since Night Shift and Beetlejuice has he had the chance to be this funny and quick-witted.

With this movie, Hot Fuzz and Cop Out coming out within a few years of each other, we can see that the buddying action flick is back with more referential revenge than before.

The Other Guys gives us what we like in a summer movie and let’s us go home with a few good one liners to remember it by. 

If you see one buddy comedy or cop movie this year give The Other Guys a shot.

Grade: B+

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