Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Will Ferrell, Eva Mendes, Samuel L. Jackson, Dwayne Johnson, Michael Keaton, Steve Coogan, Ray Stevenson, Rob Riggle, Damon Wayans Jr.
Written By: Adam McKay, Chris Henchy
Directed By: Adam McKay
Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
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Will Ferrell and Adam McKay movies can be outrageously funny or just so-so. The Other Guys is a so-so comedy/action spoof movie that might be funnier over multiple viewings. From seeing The Other Guys only once, I thought it could have been a lot funnier but there some laughs in it.
The Other Guys is about Detective Allen Gamble (Will Ferrell) and Detective Terry Hoitz (Mark Wahlberg), two cops that aren’t taking seriously. Allen rather sit at his desk and do paper work, and Terry is a disgraced cop for accidentally injuring a baseball player during the World Series. They are considered the other guys because other cops steal the limelight and are considered heroes & superstars. One day, Allen and Terry have a chance to go into that limelight but things don’t work out the way they planned. The duo get caught up in a scaffolding permit violation case and it spirals into something a lot bigger.
The Other Guys seems like a movie I’d like if I saw it a few times. With Anchorman and Step Brothers, I was cracking up from the start. This comedy doesn’t feel that way to me. I was laughing at some jokes and lines, but I still felt something was missing from this movie. I don’t know if its the mismatched chemistry of Ferrell and Wahlberg, or just the storyline was. I thought the story was a bit confusing, even for a comedy. Maybe that’s why I didn’t like it as much as other Will Ferrell/Adam McKay flicks? I loved the characters that Sam Jackson and Dwayne Johnson played and cracked up what happened to them. That was probably the funniest moment in the movie. The other funny moments involved Mark Wahlberg being obsessed with Allen’s “plain” wife, played by Eva Mendes. Also liked Allen’s shady past, which was quite comical. But other than a few chuckles here and there, I thought the comedy could have been better & funnier.
The Unrated DVD contains both the theatrical and unrated film version. Since this was the first time seeing the movie, I went with the unrated version. So I couldn’t tell you what was different or added. The deleted and extended scenes were pretty funny; I wish they kept in a 1 or 2 scenes. Bed, Bath & Way Beyond featurette is a funny extra to see if you like Michael Keaton’s TLC quoting character. The joke is he’s the captain of the force, but also works at Bed, Bath and Beyond. The lines he was coming up with during the BBB meeting was hysterical, considering he was mixing the 2 jobs up. That feature just shows you variations he used.
Maybe my expectations were too high, but The Other Guys could have been a lot funnier. I think I might like this more if I see it a few times.
Includes BOTH Theatrical & Unrated Film Versions
Deleted & Extended Scenes
Bed, Bath & Way Beyond – Watch Captain Mauch in Action!
Crash and Burn! – Stunt Featurette
Widescreen 2.40:1 Color (Anamorphic)
ENGLISH: Dolby Digital 5.1
FRENCH: Dolby Digital 5.1
English, Spanish, French
Bottom Line: Some funny moments but the movie could have been better.
Running Time: 116 mins