“ Genre: Action & Adventure / Suitable for 15 years and over / Director: Adam McKay / Actors: Mark Wahlberg, Will Ferrell, Samuel L. Jackson, Dwayne Johnson, Michael Keaton ... / DVD released 2011-01-24 at Sony Pictures Home Entertainment / Features of the DVD: PAL „
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The other guys is a comedy/action film about police. In new york, there are the top 2 policemen, who are all guns blazing action heroes, and then there are the other guys, the paper monkeys, the people who sit there and clean up.
PLOT SPOILERS:After a freak accident results in the lead partners being killed, will the other guys be up for the job? Terry Hoitz and Allen Gamble are an unlikely pair of policemen. One has a mysterious past (I wont ruin it for you, its hilarious), and likes his day to day job as a policemen accountant, where he doesn't want any excitement, whereas the other is a hotshot, who blew his chance at being what he sees as a proper police officer after he shot someone by mistake. Together, can they work out what is going on behind the mysterious events that seems to be occuring around the city? Is this a pattern, or are these just random events?
Honestly this is a funny film, but it just isn't funny enough, or at least I didnt think so. Sure it has some hilarious parts, but most of the funny parts are... how do I put this...if Allen Gamble was played by Steven Caraell instead of William Ferral, then I think this would be a much better film somehow, there is something amiss, but I am struggling to put my finger on it exactly.
Overall, I get the sense this was meant to be a comedy about how two underdogs become the champions of a police force, despite there quirks. I just found this to be the most dissapointing film staring William Ferral (which means that this is still a good film, Anchorman and Tellagda nights are two of my favorite films), but overall I can only give this 3.5/5. Its good just not as good as what it could have been.
- Story -
Two menial employees in the New York Police Department, one an accountant and the other a basic detective are stuck in rather thankless jobs filling out paperwork for arrogant cops higher up in the ranks and mocked by others in the department. They come together to investigate a suspicious capitalist in the city and thus get their chance to shine for once but can they really work together and discover whats going on? you'll have to watch the movie to find out.
- Thoughts & Opinions-
I wasn't too impressed with this movie to be honest. There's too much dialogue, not enough action and I feel its trying a bit too hard to be clever without really providing much, as it were. There are one or two funny scenes but overall it was rather poor and the whole buddy cop formula feels very worn out. I like Wahlberg, not tremendously but he can put in a decent performance in the movies he appears in but he didn't have much to work with here, it seemed like a movie where little thought had been put into the script. It plays on stereotypes with Steve Coogan portraying the bad guy that the two try to bring down, its all rather predictable, although in its defence its supposed to be a parody comedy in the first place, which is fair enough I suppose, just I didn't really feel it had enough 'oomph' as it were - there are too many similar movies, this is nothing special, in my mind at least.
On the plus side, I felt it was easy to watch and has the odd amusing scene as well a few action scenes and ocassional explosion/visual effects which weren't too bad but I didn't feel at all enthralled or engrossed in it, in fact the DVD I had started to stick in a couple of points around about an hour into the film and having tried to fast forward past it a couple of times and it still stuck, I didn't feel greatly annoyed by it and was tempted to just take it out - it didn't leave me desperate to find out what happened in the end, although as it happens I did manage to catch the majority of the film, skipping a few minutes to view the rest of the film and see the ending. The story does 'heat up' as it were towards the end but overall its a bit average at best. I'd imagine that adolescent boys would enjoy it at least in part due to Eva Mendes appearing as the seemingly boring or geeky police accountant Allen's wife (yes, shocking I know!), much to cop Terry's frustration.
In a sense/in parts its a bit like the Naked Gun movies comedy wise, in that its quite visual and there is one particular bizarre saucy scene involving one of the characters mother relaying personal information between Allen's wife and him and generally for some reason I thought of the Naked Gun movies by way of comparison, although their much funnier I'd say and their obviously much older than this movie! both are parodies though, so I suppose thats part of the similarity.
I can't decide if they tried a bit too hard with this movie to make it work or if they didn't put much effort in to the script at all - obviously it has a fairly decent cast but thats no good if the script isn't much (pardon the pun) cop. This isn't to say that there aren't the odd funny scene but overall it didn't seem that good to me, so I can't rate it very highly.
I liked the idea behind it that it was about the people who work slightly more behind the scenes at the police department who get little credit for the hard work that they do, who get a chance to shine and enjoy some of the action that they otherwise would rarely, if ever, see - that was quite appealing but overall the movie seemed a bit bland.
- Would I Recommend It? -
No, I can't recommend this movie. I wouldn't say that its entirely unwatchable or has no appeal whatsoever but its by no means worth going out of your way to see - if your a fan of Ferrell and/or Wahlberg then you may enjoy it, teen boys would probably enjoy certain aspects of it and it has a chuckle or two but its just nothing special - at all, really, so I certainly can't recommend it. I imagine I'll have forgotten all about it and would struggle to remember any or many details about it after a few days time, which pretty much says it all.
Thanks for reading my review, I hope you found it useful and thanks for any and all rates and comments.
'The Other Guys' is an action comedy film released in August 2010. It was directed by Adam McKay and marks the fourth collaboration between McKay and Will Farrel who have previously worked together on Anchorman, Talladega Nights, and Step Brothers.
The film stars a number of huge stars as listed below:
Will Ferrell as Detective Allen "Gator" Gamble
Mark Wahlberg as Detective Terry Hoitz
Eva Mendes as Dr. Sheila Ramos Gamble
Dwayne Johnson as Detective Christopher Danson
Samuel L. Jackson as Detective PK Highsmith
Michael Keaton as Captain Gene Mauch
Steve Coogan as Sir David Ershon
As well as this there are also a number of cameos within the film including Brook Shields, Ice-T (who is the narrator), and Derek Jeter (an American baseball shortstop for the New York Yankees).
Ferrell unusually, plays a much more mild-mannered humble character, starkly different from his often caricature-like celebrity persona which makes it much easier to perform a comedy character. Here, in 'The Other Guys' Wahlberg also steps away from his usual type-cast and plays a short-fused, unlucky Detective who remains stuck in a job with a partner he hates as a result of an incident with Derek Jeter that meant he was banned from any field work. The acting performances from the two are both funny and charming at times, which is unusual for Ferrell who is sometimes given a lot of schtick and tends to put off certain viewers, like a friend of mine who can't stand him! Here, he is sure to entertain and especially his alter-ego 'Gator' which is both funny and somewhat confusing in a particularly quirky way. Equally, the acting from other famous figures within the movie is as excellent and funny as this pair, especially the duo between Johnson and Jackson with their super-hero-esque arrogance that ultimately leads them in a spot of bother (if you can even call it that, perhaps I am being a little lenient).
Ferrell and Wahlberg's characters attempt to become New York City's top dogs, rivaling the more macho, confident partnerships such as the one I mentioned previously, with a huge number of laugh-out-loud funny incidents as a result. Due to their failure to achieve any kind of success and follow orders, they are practically banned from all field-duty and so act completely alone, out of duty which adds another interesting theme within the film particularly aiding the action aspect of the film.
The plot itself isn't outstanding but its what you'd expect from a comedy. However, for a movie of its kind, I do think it does deserve some credit, particularly from Adam McKay's writing (he directed and wrote the film) which does suit the actors perfectly and makes this rock appear much more of a gem. The action interweaves with more 'serious' scenes (if you can call them that!) which makes the funny moments much more significant and much more outrageous. This is a clever method used by McKay which makes this film particularly interesting to me, and encouraged me to re-watch it numerous times. Another interesting proponent is that it allows for Wahlberg's character to outshine Ferrell's and his acting really does shine, meaning I actually did laugh much more frequently at his lines and performance.
The budget is somewhat low for an action movie at $100 million, as you can tell from sometimes lacking CGI but despite this the acting prevails and makes up for it. This film is quite unique because in your usual cop-movie there will be a straight character and a comedy character, but the Other Guys has comedy instilled throughout excellently executed by all actors present. This comedy however doesn't take away from the action of the film and so it still remains a quirky action film.
I wasn't sure what to expect from this flick and to be honest, from outer appearances, I wasn't too hopeful. Considering I wasn't particularly looking forward to it, I guess it was better than I thought because it was at least watchable.
The Other Guys was written and directed by Written and directed by Adam McKay (Step Brothers) and it basically fits into the comedy genre. It introduces us to two bad-ass NYPD detectives, Danson and Highsmith (played by Dwayne Johnson and Samuel L. Jackson respectively). In contrast to their idolisation are two 'other guys', Allen Gamble and Terry Hoitz (Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg respectively); they're detectives, but don't get the good stuff, they're not known or recognised, and they certainly don't have the heroic status of Danson and Highsmith.
As the saying goes, every dog has its day, and the two 'other guys' find an opportunity to step up and make a name for themselves to prove they can do more than push papers. The two unlikely detectives almost bumble their way in to a case, but it's no ordinary case. It's a big one, and one that comes with its own danger of being a huge crime within New York. The question for the rest of the film is thus whether or not the pair have what it takes to break the case.
The plot isn't anything too original, but it has some depth to make it interesting. I liked the sense of competition between the different levels of detectives, as it's something a lot of people can identify with. Gamble & Hoitz are sick of being mocked and being made to feel so inferior, so the take the case with gusto, whatever it takes to not simply be 'the other guys' for much longer. To prove just how little their trusted, and how incompetent they're perceived to be, Gamble's gun is taken away and replaced with a wooden one. Now, if that's not a very embarrassing kick in the face then I don't know what is.
I liked some of the comedic value, though I've never been a particularly big fan of Ferrell. I find his style quite slapstick in a sense, and the 'humour' is laid on with a small trowel for his character. I guess he's one of those like him or hate him kind of guys. Unfortunately, I tend towards the latter. Wahlberg, however, was watchable and funny enough to pull the 'other guys' up a notch. The film on a whole had a good tempo, just enough to include action with tongue-in-cheek comedy and sarcasm. There wasn't anything too complicated to have to follow so you can just sit back and enjoy some general stupidity and nonsense from these guys.
Other fairly big names in the cast include Eva Mendes (Dr Gamble, surprisingly Allen's very attractive wife) and Steve Coogan. The cast and script, along with the overall feel to the film, gave The Other Guys more credibility and so I would recommend this if you like quite silly humour that doesn't push it too far in to the 'over the top pathetic' category. The script was actually quite strong, with some good quips that were sharp and memorable. Ferrell wouldn't get a big thumbs up from me, but other than that, it makes for easy viewing when you're in the mood for something light yet active.
Selling on amazon for £4.29, released 2011
Running time 103 minutes, rated certificate 12
"The Other Guys" is a 2010 Comedy cop movie directed by Adam McKay and starring Mark Wahlberg, Will Ferrell, Eva Mendes and Michael Keaton.
NYC Detectives Chris Danson ( Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson ) and P.K. Highsmith ( Samuel L Jackson ) are the two hottest detectives on the force, they're idolised by their peers, especially by nerdy forensic accountant Detective Allen Gamble ( Will Ferrell ) and Detective Terry Hoitz ( Mark Wahlberg ) who has been stuck with Allen as a partner and doing menial detective work ever since he shot New York Yankee baseball player Derek Jeter during the world series.
Inexplicably Danson and Highsmith die during a chase of some criminals while jumping off a large building and Terry and Allen are in line to replace them, but first they're assigned to investigate a scaffold permit violation by English billionaire David Ershon ( Steve Coogan ) but unwittingly stumble across a much bigger plot by Ershon to cover his losses to billionaire client Lendl Global, who's CEO ( Anne Heche ) hires a team of mercenaries to ensure Ershon pays her back
And so as the two detectives get deeper into an investigation they may put them in great danger, the two begin to find things out about themselves and possibly even form a bond, but trouble awaits them and Allen in particular finds himself having to be a real cop.
Frequent collaborators Will Ferrell and director Adam Mckay normally wind up producing movies that tend to be hugely successful ( Anchorman, Talladega Nights, Step Brothers ) and this movie is no exception, while released in the same year as Kevin Smiths buddy cop movie "Cop Out" from all intents and purposes this is the superior movie ( I haven't seen Cop Out, but haven't heard good things ), the partnership between Ferrell and Wahlberg works well and both men seem to have a good chemistry.
The supporting cast do a great job with the material and particularly amusing is both the scenes with Will Ferrell and his incredibly hot wife ( Eva Mendes ) who seemingly have a very backwards relationship, and also the subplot involving Allen's Toyota Prius being stolen and ultimately violated by some homeless men, in particular Mark Wahlberg comes out with the funniest line about a Toyota Prius I've ever heard ( " I feel like we're literally driving around in a vagina !! " )
Overall for fans of Ferrells movies you won't be disappointed, while I don't think its his strongest movie to date, for people expecting this kind of humour it'll tick every box, and the 107 minutes will go by very fast, don't expect oscar winning performances, just sit down and switch your brain off and laugh !!
Stars - Mark Wahlberg and Will Ferrell
Run Time - 107 minutes
Certificate - PG13
Genre - Comedy
You either get Will Ferrell or you don't, and if you don't then he is just not funny in any way, one presumes, his deadpan humour an acquired taste, just wanting to push a clown pie in his face. Well I love him and have seen all his movies and can comfortably say he has made more good movies than bad, which is, alas, a contrary statement to his box-office performance as a movie star of late. He has the unenviable honour of being the most overpaid actor in Hollywood last year, making just $3.66c back for every $1.00 spent on his fee, mainly down to the flop that was Land of the Lost, which I loved, of course. Somewhat bizarrely, Shia Lebouf was the most bankable actor that year?
The problem with Ferrell is if you don't get every one of those fans like me through the multiplex doors or renting his films then Ferrell loses producers and studios big bucks, because his margins are so tight, making The Other Guys yet another risk, this having a huge budget of $100 million dollars, one of the most expensive comedies ever made, Land of the Lost numbers. Luckily it has made $167 million dollars back so far, probably because it has more universal appeal with the surprise casting of Mark Wahlberg as his buddy cop partner. But, at least with Ferrell there is a guaranteed audience, what you certainly can't say with most modern American comics. If you look at the dross Adam Sandler has come up with since his heyday of Happy Gilmore and The Wedding Singer then you just can't compare the two. In fact there's probably a well used mathematical algorithm in Hollywood that can work out roughly how much a comedy film will make by the star in it, regardless of the jokes.
The idea of pairing up Wahlberg and Ferrell was born out of the 2007 Academy Awards where Ferrell, doing a skit for the show, roasted pretty much all his fellow thespians up on stage, accept little Mark Wahlberg, a chemistry of sorts born, big man little man thing. Watching on was Adam McKay and writer Chris Henchey, Ferrells regular team, who soon hit upon the idea of matching them up for a buddy cup movie. But the problem for Ferrell and his team is always the same, one too many Americans just don't get irony at Ferrells level of humour, again laid on heavy here, and if you don't see that its tongue-in-cheek comedy then you will miss out on most of the jokes, why this has done so well away from US markets. That's the reason why comedy over there is so non-ambiguous and safe, why Adam Sandler is allowed to keep making dreadful movies.
Will Ferrell ... Allen Gamble
Mark Wahlberg ... Terry Hoitz
Michael Delaney ... Bob Littleford
Steve Coogan ... David Ershon
Michael Keaton ... Captain Gene Mauch
Bobby Cannavale ... Jimmy
Damon Wayans Jr. ... Fosse
Derek Jeter ... Himself
Rob Huebel ... Officer Watts
Samuel L. Jackson ... P.K. Highsmith
Dwayne Johnson ... Christopher Danson
Eva Mendes ... Dr. Sheila Gamble
Brooke Shields ... Herself
Rosie Perez ... Herself
The 'other guys' in question are the cops you see in those American police stations that are always tapping away on the keyboards and their bust desks with their feet up, usually taking statements from gum chewing prostitutes, whilst the hero cops are racing around the city to pumping rock and rap music in the police cars causing mayhem and explosions and making the big arrests. Forensic accountant Allen Gamble (Will Ferrell) and Desk Sergeant Terry Hoitz (Mark Wahlberg) are those 'other guys' of Brooklyn Central Precinct. But when the stations supercops in Detectives Highsmith (Samuel L. Jackson) and Danson (Dwayne Johnson) are killed in action chasing drug dealers, dumping their souped up police car in a fireball in Macy's front window, there's two vacancies going and Hoitz is after one of them, tired of being mocked at that desk by other detectives for his lack of heroics.
Hoitz needs a partner to respond to emergency calls and so 'encourages' an extremely reluctant Gamble to be that partner out on the tough streets of New York. But Gamble is anything but tough and his police car is a Toyota Prius, plenty of jokes to be had there, known in the station as the klutz who accidentally shot famous American football star Derek Jeta (who cameo's in the film) in the kneecaps and ended his career.
Gamble begins to grow into his new role and emancipated by it, his disproportionately attractive wife (Eva Mendez) impressed with his new found courage, but their first drug bust a spectacular embarrassment for the department. But when Gamble insists on arresting a big shot millionaire for 'scaffolding violations' they embroil themselves in a huge corporate fraud, one well worth investigating, this their big chance to impress, the chief exec (Steve Coogan) soon in their custody. Alas, in true comedy cop movies, they are in way over their heads and their police captain (Michael Keaton) calls them into the office for a gentle dressing down in front of the mayor, Ershon (Steve Coogan) released into the hands of people that don't seem to have Erschons best interests at heart either. For their perceived incompetence, Gamble has his gun taken off him and replaced with a wooden one that he can be trusted with. And if he messes up again it will soon be a whistle. But this is their big chance to be proper cops (and have their own portable emergency light to stick on top of their Prius!) and so the boys determined to crack the case, regardless of their warning, and so time for some good cop, bad cop...
Terry Hoitz: Your farts aren't manly.
Allen Gamble: Are you serious?
Terry Hoitz: They sound like a baby blowing out birthday candles
This is great fun and the Ferrell film you should watch if you have lost faith in him or new to his comedy. Playing the dead pan straight cop to Mark Wahlberg's surprisingly good comic turn as the dumb detective works really well here, chemistry wise, elbow room to mix in some smarter observation jokes on the American cop genre because of that. Ferrell is a much more skilled comedian than he is given credit for, his comic timing unrivalled right now, why he is one of very few comics that can make funny movies make $200 world-wide, what this is set to do if you guys give him a go with this DVD. Surprisingly, he got the lowest rating on imdb.com in the 40 to 50-year-old viewing bracket for this, where I thought this film would appeal most, an audience demographic most likely aware of those cop clichés the boys knock off with great mirth one-by-one.
With plenty of big budget stunts and the added glamour of the stunning Eva Mendez as Gumbles extremely unlikely wife there is plenty going in this above average and entertaining comedy to keep you onboard. Even if you don't think Ferrell can make you laugh he will here as this is a more mature type of comedy by the team. One or two things don't quite work though, McKay and Hinchey's interpolated and series political comment on the credit crunch corruption def into the narrative for Coogans character somewhat at odds with the movie, the rather abstract titles for the final credits, reeling off all the facts and figures of the US Bailout and corruption, all very strange and out of place. Yes we are angry with the bankers but Ferell and 'Marky Mark' are not the guys to get that across mr director. In summary, Ferrell fans will love it and everyone esle should give this a go anyway.
Imdb.com scores it 6.7 out of 10.0 (36, 634 votes)
Rottentomatos.com - 78% Critics approval (57% Users)
Metacritic.com - 64% Critics Approval (64% by Users)
The Sun - "The Other Guys isn't as loose and free associative as its predecessors, planting Ferrell in the middle of a routine mismatched cop plot that doesn't permit him to combust"
The Baltimore Sun - "There are quite a few fun and hilarious moments to be had thanks to a knockout supporting cast, but there's a reason we've never followed "the other guys" before"
The Sydeny Morning Herald - "Juxtaposes the excesses of our unregulated financial sector with the excesses of the buddy cop movie".
The Cape Time - "This mismatched-cops comedy takes several well-aimed swipes at the action genre, blending knockabout farce with quick-witted humour"
= = = = = = = Special Features = = = = = = =
-Crash and Burn-
Behind the scenes stuff that's suprisngly short and sweet for a Ferrell movie. Will tends to improvise a lot on screen and continue it in the extras.
-Bed bath and way beyond-
The long since forgotten Michael keaton chats about his return to comedy.
Detective Terry Hoitz (Mark Wahlberg) has his aspirations set on a career as an all-action cop, but instead finds himself largely confined to the office doing police paperwork. He works near the bottom of a professional and social food chain that exists in the shadow of the outrageous exploits of detectives Chris Danson (Dwayne Johnson) and P.K. Highsmith (Samuel L. Jackson). Danson and Highsmith have become NYPD heroes despite causing disproportionate amounts of damage to public property costing millions of dollars in their pursuit of criminals. Hoitz's career has been on a downturn ever since he mistakenly shot a New York baseball legend and the only person he sees as being less popular than him is his partner, Allen Gamble (Will Ferrell). Gamble began his career as a forensic accountant and, to Hoitz's utter disgust, seems to love his paperwork. However, when Danson and Highsmith's overconfidence gets the better of them, it seems that Hoitz and Gamble have a chance to become the new city heroes...
Taking the "Beverley Hills Cop" format as a cue - straight action juxtaposed with zany comedy - director Adam McKay took his fourth collaboration with Will Ferrell in an entirely different direction. The result is not another spoofy cop movie, although the comedy - like the action - makes the Martin Brest/Eddie Murphy classic seem restrained, but a uniquely clever comment on public perceptions of crime and heroism dressed up as a summer blockbuster. I am not going to pretend that is an especial depth to the material, but McKay does a great job of allowing the action to flow and then to pull back to show the realistic repercussions of said action. For example, there is a brilliant scene where a building blows up in front of the film's two main protagonists, knocking them off their feet and showering them with glass. In response Gamble writhes on the ground in agony, declaring the ridiculousness of scenes in action films where tough guys walk calmly away from explosions without suffering deafness or being hit by flying debris.
The film has two themes. On the surface it reveals who the real heroes are in law enforcement and gives them their chance to shine whilst exposing the absurdity of the all-action hero. The second theme, which many critics have applauded, is the film's message regarding white collar crime and corporate fraud. There are references to the close relationship between Wall Street and federal government, as well as the Enron scandal. The end credits include diagrams of how Ponzi schemes work and statistics relating to Bernie Madoff and TARP bailouts, all played against Rage Against the Machine's cover of Bob Dylan's "Maggie's Farm".
Visually the film delivers in spades what is expected of the genre. The stunts and action set-pieces are some of the most creative and exciting I have seen in a long time. These scenes include an incredible car chase sequence at the beginning involving a car penetrating a bus and then later being sling shot into a building, a double jump from a 20 story building and a helicopter shootout on a golf driving range!
The comedy sees Ferrell in fine form, delivering poker-faced witty dialogue and hilarious nerdy outbursts. The romantic side of the film is especially funny, including an extended sequence where Gamble's elderly mother-in-law is forced to convey more and more sexually explicit love messages between the cop and his wife.
"The Other Guys" has a sound supporting cast. Steve Coogan is his usual awkwardly humorous self, this time playing the corrupt billionaire who gets himself into deep water as he tries to cover his investors' losses. Dwayne Johnson still has shades of his professional wrestling persona, The Rock, in his role as a person whose blatant wrongness and arrogance is dismissed purely on the grounds that the public adore him. There is little denying Johnson's charisma. The guy commands massive salaries for his film roles, but it's a shame he has opted for mainly very undemanding projects. Perhaps comedy might be a new avenue. Samuel L. Jackson, on the other hand, has nothing to prove and seems to be enjoying every second of his extended cameo. However, the film's best supporting performance has to go to Michael Keaton. Keaton is a respected actor who has proven his worth in most roles, but he excels in comedy. Here he plays the police captain and although only gets small scenes that largely play out in typical cop movie fashion - he tells off the film's heroes a lot - he has another side, where he holds down a weekend job working in a bed bath store. It is in this scene that Keaton is allowed off the leash a little and sadly there isn't enough of this stuff.
I didn't expect much from "The Other Guys", but was pleasantly surprised. It's entertaining by balancing out everything. The film has a solid script and good characterization and a message. However, it rarely takes itself too seriously although the end credit sequence might seem a little out of sink with the rest of the film's high concept design. The humour is a mixture of witty monologues and broad buffoonery. The action is outrageous and original. This all makes "The Other Guys" fun viewing.
The Other Guys might not be up for any fancy awards, it's not particularly clever and the cinematography is nothing special but it's exactly what you would expect from a film directed by Adam McKay and with Will Ferrell in the leading role (like Talladega Nights and Anchorman)
The Other Guys is essentially a spoof cop movie, the plot is fairly simple, a duo of policemen who are the butt of force jokes and generally seen as the fall guys, too useless to get involved in big cases seek to be the officers going for glory.
Mark Wahlberg plays grouchy and aggressive Detective Terry Hoitz once had a bright future in the force before shooting baseball player Derek Jeter accidentally, Will Ferrell plays forensic accountant Allen Gamble who is a very straight-laced character and rather geeky but has an incredibly hot wife Sheila (Eva Mendes) much to the bemusement of Detective Terry Hoitz.
The duo are almost completely the opposite of each other, Hoitz is pretty unsuccesful with the ladies, whilst Allen Gamble is sought after property despite seemingly being unaware of it, their lack of co-ordination and cohesion as officers leads to constant misunderstandings and when they keep digging deeper in to a case that seems like it should be covered up, it seems like they'll be thrown out the force altogether as they constantly look a laughing stock and face the wrath of Captain Gene Mauch.
Obviously from the moment you start watching the film, there's no doubt that these two unlikely heroes will be the ones to save the day but the way in which it is done is highly entertaining. Steve Coogan as Sir David Ershon deserves a mention, he's quite convincing is the conniving criminal who seems to be playing all sides against each other.
The Other Guys is an interesting variation on the buddy cop film, as it focuses on two police men who have to live in the shadows of their more esteemed high profile colleagues. I saw the trailer in the cinema and thought it looked slightly more intelligent than it was perhaps sold, I think I was right, this is a funny and smart comedy that deserves viewing.
The film opens as we follow the two biggest hotshots in New York Police Department, P.K.Highsmith (Samuel L Jackson) and Christopher Danson (Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson). They chase down villains with macho disdain, destroying cars, getting in gun battles and destroying parts of the city as they catch villains.
When they return to base after each completed mission they pass their paperwork to less worthy colleagues such as Allen Gamble (Ferrell) an Accountant by trade who delights in helping his more famous (and arrogant) colleagues. His partner Terry Hoitz (Wahlberg), is a frustrated hot shot who was destined for the top before accidentally shooting one of New Yorks biggest heroes in a misunderstanding which ruined his name.
Following one particularly exciting chase, Highsmith and Danson are incapacitated and NYPD need somebody to step into their big shoes. Hoitz wants to step up but Gamble has his doubts (Which are explained in more detail as the film progresses).
As a complicated plot unravels involving Steve Coogan as a swindling British Lord, Hoitz and Gamble become embroiled in possibly the biggest case to hit New York in decades, will the bungling duo step up and save the city, or will they continue to remain the sum of their parts, a boring accountant and a homophobic hothead, who can pirouette like a pro???
Derek Jeter ... Himself
Samuel L. Jackson ... P.K. Highsmith
Dwayne Johnson ... Christopher Danson
Eva Mendes ... Dr. Sheila Gamble
Rob Riggle ... Martin
Damon Wayans Jr. ... Fosse
Michael Keaton ... Captain Gene Mauch
Will Ferrell ... Allen Gamble
Mark Wahlberg ... Terry Hoitz
Michael Delaney ... Bob Littleford
Alison Becker ... Financial News Anchor
Steve Coogan ... David Ershon
I saw the trailer for this at the cinema and wanted to see it, I'm not a huge fan of Ferrell but do like his films and think Mark Wahlberg is a versatile and interesting actor.
I would say that the first 5 minutes of this film contain some of the best action scenes I've seen in a long time, with excellent chases and gun fights, I bet a number of producers will have watched these scenes involving The Rock and Samuel L Jackson and will be searching for ways to bring this police duo's story to the big screen separately.
The action starts at a frenetic pace and both of the actors show enough arrogance and tongue in cheek humour to make their characters real scene stealers. Their scenes live long in the memory and you are left wanting more when they eventually leave the film. The way they depart the film is weird and very left field, but very memorable and will have you thinking about it long after the film ends.
For me, one of the highlights of the film is the cast, it is excellent, Will Ferrell doesn't do anything new as the accountant with a fear of risk based on a past experience, he is geeky and says random things in his usual manner of not really appreciating them, but seems to be irresistible to incredibly hot women.
Wahlberg plays along as an angry Police Officer who wants to be the big man, but ruined his big chance, he is funny in many ways as he loses his cool on numerous occasions and admits to learning ballet and other skills to mock effeminate guys, he shows off his ballet moves at one point and then explains he only learnt them to mock a boy at school who liked ballet, he perfectly encapsulates a machismo trapped in failure, he is a very interesting character and opens up as the film develops, his scenes in meeting Gamble's wife, Sheila (Eva Mendes) are both funny and ever so slightly disturbing. The combination of the soft and harder elements works and both have their character flaws that distinguish them from your average hero.
Other great performances come from Michael Keaton as Captain Gene Mauch, it has been too long since I saw Keaton given the chance in a comedy film, and he doesn't disappoint as he steals scenes with ease as a Police Captain who also moonlights at 'Bath and Beyond) so his son can 'Go to New York Uni, explore his bisexuality and become a DJ'. His performance is excellent he mixes hope and hopelessness easily and proves the heartbeat of his team.
Eva Mendes throws herself fully into the silliness as she explains how she met Ferrell whilst working as a dancer and finishing her medical studies when he came to hospital with a bad case of rectal poison ivy, she then duets on a version of 'Pimps don't cry' where it seems she does well to keep a straight face, for most of the film she apologises to Ferrell's character for being dowdy and plain when clearly the joke is that she is anything but.
Other highlights include Rob Riggle and Damon Wayans Jr as two rival cops who want to take over the big gig and do their best to humiliate Gamble and Hoitz at every turn. They are funny in partnership and Riggle in particular is building up his parts in each comedy he stars, following on from his role as a tazer happy Police Officer in 'The Hangover'.
Steve Coogan plays a corrupt businessman upon whom the plot hinges, but he is never really a baddy, more a slightly naughty man, the scenes where he tries to bribe the heroes is especially amusing, but overall I still don't think Hollywood have found the right vehicle for the exceptionally funny Coogan.
The film starts brightly with the chases and the builds up the relationship between Ferrell and Wahlberg, quite well, it doesn't flesh it out too much, but does enough to help us understand how they both tick.
The story itself isn't overwhelmingly sophisticated and at times the plot strands don't hold perfectly, but this is a comedy which either hits the mark and makes you laugh out loud, or misses the mark slightly, overall its more hit than miss.
The film is funny and at times slightly odd, which seems to suit most of the main players, the script is subversive and there are the usual opportunities for Ferrell to do overblown character Skits and Coogan to do a few funny voices, the cast work very well together and make this an enjoyable film from start to finish. The story twists a little bit and the thing that made me laugh hardest was when Gamble's slightly mumsy Prius car is lost during a chase and forensics return it advising that it was used by tramps for an orgy, the constant running jokes about this made me laugh throughout the film and are genuinely very funny, as is the film in general.
It follows the usual mismatched cops routine but takes an interesting side route in pointing out that sometimes there are other police than your Starsky and Hutch or Bodie and Doyle types and they aren't always simply cannon fodder, but actually do a good job in their own right.
Overall, I found this a very funny film, that held my attention, it is smartly shot and I found the slo-mo scene in a bar as the lads bond really quite innovative, the action is fast and furious, the humour is dark and funny without having some of Ferrell's more extravagant moments where his skit's detract from the film.
Funniest Line in the Film: This is unprintable but involves Ferrell relaying messages of what he plans to do to Eva Mendes in the bedroom, via her mum who is acting as go between.
Funniest Riff: Ferrell explaining how if he were a tuna and Wahlberg were a lion, he would hunt him down.
Strangest Moment: The Exit of Samuel L Jackson and The Rock
The film has rude words and some very dark humour at times, I found it very funny, but please take account of this before watching with kids.
When it comes to crime fighting in New York City there are always a couple of heroes the public look up to. Then there are the other guys, the ones that do all the paper work and leg work before the big stars take over. After an accident in the line of duty the two big NYPD heroes are killed and the city needs someone else to step up. That's where Terry Hoitz see's his chance and encourages his sensible partner Allen Gamble to step up and take some chances. But Gamble has other ideas and starts pursuing wealthy financier David Ershon over a Scaffolding violation but there seems to be a lot more to the case than they first realise.
If you've read any of my previous reviews you might realise I'm not the biggest fan of Will Ferrell, but something about this movie still appealed to me. The short versions of the trailers looked reasonably funny and despite my experience of Ferrell films I did something I don't tend to do often and paid extortionate cinema prices to go and see The Other Guys. Thankfully I wasn't left feeling disappointed as even Ferrell's role in this movie was enjoyable. It mixes some very funny scenes with some well planned and amusing car chases and action sequences.
The film comes from long time Ferrell contributor Adam Mckay who was also behind Step Brothers and Anchorman. Not only does he take control of the direction but is also responsible for the script and that is perhaps why this works so well. The action sequences are a little over the top and the special effects are used to highlight this. It would be fair to say that whilst the direction works quite well the special effects are a little sloppy and would have made the film much better had they been a little more realistic.
That would be my biggest gripe with the move, however as the rest of the plot and interaction on screen does work really well. At 107 minutes long it doesn't drag on for too long and in fact I was quite impressed with how the plot drags you in. I felt that McKay got just the right mixture of humorous moments with the action and crime elements of the plot. Other than the special effects I think my other main gripe was the criminal underuse of Samuel L Jackson and Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson. Whilst both were filling a particular part thought they could have been used to add a bit more to the movie and not disposed of quite so early.
It would be fair to say that I've not been the biggest Will Ferrell fan over the years but recently i've seen a few movies that have started to win me around. This time round the comedy is well thought out and with the addition of a decent movie budget and an excellent supporting cast I think it brings the best out in Ferrell. His onscreen presence seems to have come on in leaps and bounds and with some big name action stars around him he doesn't seem out of place. Like his role in Anchorman this film is full of memorable quotes and one liners form Ferrell that will become just as memorable.
The casting of Mark Wahlberg opposite Ferrell seems to work really well. He seemed a little shaky in the early scenes but settled into his character well and with the comical element he plays off Ferrell rather well. The two of them seem to have a good onscreen relationship and are supported very well by a good all star cast. The inclusion of stars such as Eva Mendes, Michael Keaton, Samuel L Jackson and Dwayne Johnson all seem to raise the performance of Ferrell and from a casting point of view the film is certainly a hit.
I have to admit that I was a little uncertain about The Other Guys before we went to see it. I'm glad though that I wasn't disappointed and felt that The Other Guys was actually better than my expectations. There is the underuse of a couple of stars and some special effects that weren't as good as they could have been but these are really just minor complaints. If you're a fan of Ferrell then there is a guarantee you will love The Other Guys but it also offers something for those who are a little unsure about him. It's a film that if you like action comedy films I'm sure you'll enjoy and I'm happy to recommend.
All these cinema visits are really getting a bit expensive now! So I hope that I can find some time in-between to review the films! There were a couple of films on at the cinema recently that both looked hilarious and The Other Guys was one of them. I'm not really that keen on the likes of Will Ferrell, though I don't mind him and the advertisements looked good so I was keen to see it.
If you have seen the trailer, you'll have seen some hilarious scenes with Dwane Johnson (The Rock) and Samuel L Jackson. Just to warn you now, if you wanted to see this film because of these two guys, their appearances are not particularly long-lived but will have you laughing your head off uncontrollably. Seriously, I've never seen a cinema audience laugh so much.
The "Other Guys" are Allen Gamble (Will Ferrell) and Terry Hoitz (Mark Wahlberg), a complete nerd who seems to pull the most amazing women yet says his wife is 'plain' and short guy with a serious temper problem and girlfriend troubles. Terry has already messed up by shooting a VIP and Allen is too much of a 'play it safe' guy who prefers his paperwork to his actual job. They hardly get on and do nothing but annoy each other and so they seem to be getting nowhere in their careers. However, following the disastrous loss of the two strongest players in their department, they find themselves stepping up to the next big challenge, but not without difficulty, of course. Money scams and murders, and some weird Australian guy that takes them hostage and steals their shoes before letting them go, are all linked into some bigger conspiracy.
I like the idea of this story as a kind of spoof-cop-movie, although I don't think it is meant to be linked to any previous films (certainly none that I recognised). The classic tale of mismatched partners is nothing new and nor is the rivalry they face with other people in their department or from other organisations like the FBI. The relationship stories are a little weaker here than we might have hoped for but in all fairness this is not meant to be a serious film and could have run the risk of going down the drama avenue if more had been made of Allen and Terry's personal lives. My only serious thought that occurred to me about this film was that it does worry me that police can opt out of doing the main part of their job that they were employed for to hide behind computers doing paperwork. You can sort of understand why this pair of clowns are allowed to do just that though!
Obviously the story is far from plausible and the craziest things occur that we would normally not dream of. The two top cops cause over 12m of damages to the city just to catch a small-time criminal and yet are applauded by the city's people. The pace is pretty rapid as events seem to spiral ridiculously out of control and somehow this just makes the story even funnier. Most of the time in the cinema, in fact, the laughing was enough that I did not feel self-conscious laughing out loud (and my laugh is not the nicest when I really let it out!). There wasn't a moment where you could sneak off for a loo break so be prepared. Admittedly the humour will be a little silly for some people's taste and maybe offensive to others, but taken with a pinch of salt it is quite an uplifting film in all.
I think the perfect mix of actors was achieved with this film and that was what made it so good and somehow the pairing up worked perfectly. It is just a shame that Samuel L Jackson and Dwane Johnson's appearances were so brief, as they complemented each other brilliantly and more of them would have been great. However, that is the point; the film is not about them, but the Other Guys.
As I say, Will Ferrell isn't someone I'd necessarily watch a film for, but I really enjoyed him in this film. Mark Wahlberg was even funnier as the small guy with the big temper and did not have to be silly to be funny, which was nice. Together they complemented each other really well and I expect that has a lot to do with why I liked the film so much. They do create a very childish form of humour in this film which will appeal much more to younger audiences but there was a nice feeling of release to be able to laugh at stupid because for once stupid actually was funny!
Eva Mendes plays Allen's gracious, very good-looking and yet humble wife. Looks-wise and by her acting, she is a good choice for the role.I think we are meant to wonder what the hell she sees in Allen from the start!
There's plenty of action and scenes are on the whole shown with clarity and realistic appearance. At times it is a bit fast-moving so does occasionally require a sharp eye, which I for one do not have! Costume is intentionally a bit on the silly side. There is a scene where Allen's wife dresses as her mother to disguise herself and she really does look quite funny, yet from a distance it is actually quite convincing!.
The soundtrack has a really good mix of music, most notable including tracks by TLC but also plenty from the rock and pop genres. Clearly specific tracks have been chosen for some scenes that stand out really well and others are just to keep the excitement going but have a great effect as such.
I think 12A is a fair rating for this film as I can appreciate that a lot of parents will not be keen for their children to watch a film that has a lot of very rude jokes, some swearing and also humour about sex, crime and death (not all at once, thankfully!). However, the film really is very funny in a childish way and will probably appeal most to the younger audiences, so it is good that teenagers generally are able to see this film. The film is not advised for those likely to be offended by any of the these themes, either and it really must not be taken too seriously.
This film is definitely worth a watch, whether at the cinema or home with friends. I reckon if someday I'm home alone and need cheering up, even then I would be happy to stick this on and laugh away, although certainly it is better enjoyed with other people about and when you are in a good mood. I would recommend buying as I'm sure I'd enjoy watching this film again and again, especially if you like the cast, but more so if you like Will Ferrell's style of comedy.