As expected, The Other Guys was a pretty funny movie. What really made it was its ensemble cast. Will Farrell and Mark Wahlberg worked great together. They are a hilarious comedic duo. I hope to see more from them. Other actors that filled their roles perfectly included Dwayne Johnson, Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Keaton, Rob Riggle (Stepbrothers, The Hangover) and Eva Mendes. The movie was written and directed by Adam McKay, who’s also done Stepbrothers and Anchorman, if that gives you a sense of the movie’s humor.
The movie is about detective Allen Gamble (Ferrell) and Terry Holtz (Wahlberg). The two officers are the office losers. They do the crappy paperwork that everyone else avoids. The two partners can’t stand each other and seem to collide on every subject. Holtz feels stifled by the job, and frustrated as the jerk offs of the office get all the glory. When Gamble’s intelligence and meticulous paperwork gets them a hot lead on a case, Holtz’s need for speed sparks the two men’s spirit for the job again. While all the other officers doubt them, they work to prove them wrong, with all sorts of mishaps and funny moments along the way.
Other side stories included Gamble being married to one very sexy Mendes. That was one of the funniest parts of the film because Holtz is in lust with her and doesn’t see why she settled for geeky Gamble. One of the great parts of the movie was how it made fun of the lifestyle/attitude of cops. All the action scenes were over-the-top and the personalities of the cops were larger than life. It made for hysterical stereotypes that people use everyday about cops, though a lot are untrue.
It was great to see Wahlberg in a comedic role. Usually he plays more serious characters. He is naturally very funny and almost outshined Ferrell in a lot of the scenes. For a while Ferrell over-saturated the movie business but it was nice to see him back in action. Though, he just never tops what he had a few years back with Old School and Elf. Overall, The Other Guys was an entertaining movie that didn’t take itself seriously.