The Other Guys (2010)


“At age 11, I audited my parents. Believe me, there were some discrepancies, and I was grounded.” – Allen Gamble

Number of Times Seen – Twice (1 Sep 2010 and 24 May 2021)

Brief Synopsis – After the two best detectives in the NYPD are incapacitated, two bumbling detectives are given the case.

My Take on it – This is a film that has a pretty silly premise, yet it works much better due to the great chemistry between leads Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg.

The antics between the two of them are hilarious the whole way through and that adds so much to the way that the story plays out.

Adam McKay does a nice job directing this film and the way that this film connects itself to the financial breakdown in the country seems like a way for them to foreshadow McKay’s future involvement in The Big Short (2015).

Really liked the way that the film is able to keep surprising with the way that it reveals information about these characters and their family life as things progress.

The casting of Eva Mendes as Ferrell’s character’s wife is great especially given the fact that it seems as if they normally wouldn’t be able to be a believable couple, but the humor involved helps make that more fun and genuine to watch.

The mystery and crime that these detectives need to try and solve is a bit too superficial and doesn’t make things more interesting despite it being pretty inconsequential to the way that the story moves along.

Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The idea of teaming up of Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg had been gestating since The 79th Annual Academy Awards (2007), where Will had been viciously insulting other actors as part of a bit, but became extremely polite to Mark. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (7/10)

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