Movie Review: The Other Guys (2010)

Posted: April 7, 2012 in Comedy
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Terry Hoitz (Mark Wahlberg) used to be a homicide detective, until he shot Derek Jeter in the leg.   Alan Gamble (Will Ferrell) is a forensic accountant who’s Terry’s partner, they’re both on desk duty, until cops PK Highsmith (Samuel L Jackson) and Christopher Danson (Dwayne Johnson) leap to their deaths during a high speed car chase.  Terry and Alan are reinstated into the force and Terry gets a tip about David Ershon (Steve Coogan) not filing some permits with the city and arrests him.  Ershon’s lawyer quickly gets him out of jail and gets Terry and Alan off the case.  But Alan and Terry don’t give up, the more they dig, the more shady information they find.  Ershon has lost billions of dollars for a multinational corporation called Lendl and has called in shady financiers from Chechnya and Nigeria to cover the losses, and now Ershon is planning to steal from the New York City police pension fund to pay back the Nigerians and Chechens.  Can Terry and Alan uncover this plot before Ershon executes it?

The cop buddy movie genre has been used many times, most successfully by Eddie Murphy, Mel Gibson, Chris Tucker and to a lesser extent by Will Smith, it’s a well worn formula, that doesn’t work here.  Will Ferrell is in obnoxious mode again, and that makes his character unlikeable, and therefore hard to root for.  There are a few funny jokes here, but they are mostly in the beginning of the movie.  Wahlberg has no sense of comedy, he tries very hard to be funny, but sadly overacting is not a virtue.  Samuel L Jackson, and the Rock are wasted in tiny cameos, as is Eva Mendes, she is basically a one joke character.  Michael Keaton and Steve Coogan are  wasted as well, Keaton’s basically a one joke character as well, and Coogan is a simpering wimp. To top it off, there is needless narration by Ice Tea, and some political commentary about the financial crisis in the closing credits.  Jackson and the Rock are lucky, they checked out of this movie early.  Ferrell’s  career is in deep trouble if he starts to coast.  Maybe the movie would have worked better if Jackson was the seasoned cop and Ferrell the nerdy accountant, or if they had kept Jackson and Johnson around as rivals, but this formula doesn’t work at all.

The Other Guys.  The other buddy movie.  The lame kind.


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