The Other Guys: They disappoint—Movie

Despite the best efforts of Will Farrell, Mark Wahlberg and the rest of the talent assembled for this comedic look at cop movies, The Other Guys ultimately disappoints.

 Directed by Adam McKay and written by McKay and Chris Henchy, The Other Guys tells the story of two New York City mismatched, underused detectives—gung-ho Terry Hoitz (Mark Wahlberg) and pencil-pusher Allen Gamble ( Will Ferrell).  By virtue of their own tenacity, they are forced into action and find themselves hot on the trail of some high stake financial crimes.

The Other Guys’ cast turns in excellent performances. The unlikely pairing of Ferrell and Wahlberg is genius as the two work surprisingly well together. Michael Keaton as the police captain who moonlights at Bed, Bath and Beyond, Eva Mendes as Allen’s unbelievably gorgeous, sexy wife and Steve Coogan as the Bernie Madoff/Gordon Gecko-type criminal– are all very good. The brief scenes with Samuel L. Jackson and Dwayne Johnson as cocky, hero cops are funny and the narration by Ice-T in full Law and Order mode is especially amusing.

The problem? There isn’t enough funny and the blame falls on the script. The premise is a great one, but the full script falls really short in fleshing it out.  For a comedy, the material is very confusing. Sometimes it feels as if you’re watching several different movies. When you find yourself wondering why Mendes and Farrell, portraying a New York City couple, are so suntanned, you know something is very wrong. And for the most part, when Jackson and Johnson exit the screen, most of the guffaws go with them.

Sure, there are laughs here and there. But with this cast, the laughter should be non-stop and that is not the case. In fact, it’s criminal.

2 ½ nuggets out of 4


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