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The Other Guys

The Other Guys (2010) – Rated PG-13 for crude and sexual content, language, violence, and some drug material.

Adam McKay and Will Ferrell are no strangers.  They’ve worked together on three previous projects: Step Brothers, Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, and Anchorman: The Legend Of Ron Burgandy, and co-founded Funny Or Die.  In Talladega Nights, they made fun of NASCAR race car drivers.  In Anchorman, they made fun of news anchors.  And in this, the third film in their “Mediocre American Man Trilogy,” they make fun of detectives.  Somehow, when McKay and Ferrell join comedic forces, magic happens.  And with Mark Wahlberg on board this time around, the laughs are big.  The comedic chemistry between Ferrell and Wahlberg is spot on and you’ll be crying from laughing so hard.  This is truly a great parody of the buddy cop film.

Ferrell plays Detective Allen Gamble, a man who is quite content to be doing paperwork at his desk and not going out on the field.  Wahlberg plays Detective Terry Hoitz, a man who is ambitious and very eager to go out on the field.  These two polar opposites manage to find a way to work together and solve a high-profile case, with a ton of mishaps along the way.  And in the end, they become friends, though still with their differences.  Michael Keaton is pretty funny as their Captain, Gene Mauch.  His many TLC (the band) references, though unknowingly, are hilarious.  And the fact that he moonlights as a Bed, Bath, and Beyond manager is hilarious. 

McKay is a great comedy screenwriter.  His films are clever, hilarious, and few jokes fall flat.  Most importantly, his comedies are endlessly quote-able and The Other Guys is no exception.  If you thought Talladega‘s “Shake and bake!” and Anchorman‘s “You stay classy, San Diego!” were awesome quotes, just wait till you watch The Other Guys and start quoting Wahlberg’s lion/tuna speech.  Or mock how his character asks, “Is he a Columbian drug lord?” every time a bad guy tries to kill him and Ferrell.  Or repeat Ferrell’s line, “Gator needs his gat!”  And trust me, that is just the tip of the iceberg of the many funny lines you’ll be quoting as you walk out of the theater.  And let’s not forget the action in this action-comedy.  Though the action is nowhere near perfection, considering this is McKay and Ferrell’s first outing into action territory, it is quite impressive and doesn’t disappoint.  I mean, the fact that Ferrell drives a Mazda Prius and listens to Little River Band while being chased through the mean streets of New York is hilarity at its best!

 When someone asks me if a movie was funny, I have one indicator that tells me the true quality of the humor.  If at any time during the course of the film I am laughing so hard that I miss the next joke, that movie was hilarious and worth a recommendation.  Let me tell you right now, you will laugh so hard that you will miss jokes.  You will laugh so hard that you will cry.  And please don’t forget to stay after the credits for a funny scene.  Filmtastic review = 4 1/2 stars.

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