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The Other Guys
Written by Sandra Fitzpatrick   
Tuesday, 10 August 2010 20:40

The Other GuysWhen I went to see The Other Guys I had just come from a long day of working at my day job (and let me tell you if I could pay the mortgage by watching movies all day I would. Curse you Roger Ebert!) I was still wearing fancy-shmancy work duds, including a pair of 3-inch strappy white sandals and my feet were killing me! The Other Guys actually made me laugh so hard I forgot the pain!

Will Ferrell has been hit or miss, but this time he’s come up with something fresh and funny just in time to save his career from garbage like Blades of Glory. The pairing of Ferrell with Mark Wahlberg as buddy-cops in a love-hate relationship was a genius move that gives both of them plenty of time to shine!

Will Ferrell, Steve Coogan and Mark WahlbergThey play a couple of cops relegated to being paper-pushers instead of out on the streets; in other words they watch other guys get the glory while they are stuck cleaning up the mess. When they get a lead on a famous businessman (Steve Coogan) they leap into action.

The supporting cast is superb – most notably Michael Keaton who is hilarious as the police Captain. Eva Mendez is suitably stunning as Ferrell’s wife while Dwayne Johnson (aka The Rock) and Samuel L. Jackson are larger than life as the pumped up star cops who might have brawn on their side, but very few brains.

Ferrell with Eva MendezWhat makes this movie work so well is that someone actually sat down and wrote a decent script before they started filming. Sounds like common sense doesn’t it? But the problem with so many comedies is that they rely on the name fame of comedians to draw the crowd but don’t give the actors any decent material to work with, resulting in a big improv mess with very few laughs.

The Other Guys is as funny as it looks! If you laughed at the preview, you will laugh the whole way through, although it could have benefitted from a bit of a trim.

INFOKERNALS

Directed by Adam McKay, Starring Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg.

McKay and Ferrell have worked together before on Step Brothers, Talladega Nights and Anchorman as well as smaller projects.

Mark Wahlberg has tried his hand at comedy before – and I don’t mean The Happening. He was last seen in Date Night in a very shirtless supporting role.