Opened August 6, 2010 | Runtime: 1 hr. 47 min.
PG-13 for crude and sexual content, violence, some drug material and language
You know all those high-octane, walk on the wild side, crazy, rogue cop buddy movies. Well, this isn’t one of them. It’s about “the other guys”, the cops with the desk jobs who crunch numbers and write reports.
Just to be clear, this is a spoof. Not a straight comedy. Mark Wahlberg is awesome! He’s a great actor and he takes this part all the way. Will Ferrell is… well, Will Ferrell. He excels like no other in this genre. There are bad Will Ferrell movies and insanely awesome ones. Thank goodness this falls into the latter category!
This is a pretty star-studded cast: Samuel L. Jackson and Dwayne “the Rock” Johnson are HILARIOUS!!! Michael Keaton is perfect as the Police Chief. You’ll recognize the other two “other guys”. Though if I named them, you wouldn’t have any idea who I was talking about (one of them is a Damon brother). Eva Mendez is gorgeous and hysterical, great combo! I could go on and on.
Ok, so this isn’t high-brow. And some of the plot really doesn’t make any sense. But isn’t that how it is in all those cop buddy movies that its spoofing anyway?! The plot is really just an excuse for car chases, shoot outs, and blowing up stuff. And this has all that and more.
I will tell you that the whisper fight scene is probably one of the funniest things I have ever seen! Laugh quietly so you don’t miss a word of the dialogue! It’s already a classic!
My overall review: while this might not be everyone’s cup of tea (my parents definitely wouldn’t “get it”) if you can appreciate a good spoof and/or really like Will Ferrell, then you’ll LOVE this!
The Other Guys official movie website
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