Okay, I’m coming to this movie a little later than most, but man, was it worth it to see. I know, I know, people are sick of Will Ferrell and over-the-top ridiculous comedies; but seriously. THE OTHER GUYS is probably one of the funniest movies I’ve seen in a while. (Possibly since THE HANGOVER?) There was actually one moment where I couldn’t breathe, tears were streaming down my face and I was curled into a ball on my seat – laughing. I also snorted out loud, twice. Plus, it dethroned INCEPTION from the top spot at the box office, so “respect”.
The movie focuses on Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg’s characters (honestly, I don’t remember their names and they’re unimportant to the plot, but fine; Allen Gamble and Terry Hoitz, respectively.) who are indeed, “the other guys.” Meaning, they’re the cops that have to sit at desks and do the paperwork of the superstar cops – in this case, personified by Samuel L. Jackson and Dwayne (don’t call him The Rock) Johnson. In a twist of fate, or luck – or just in order to make the plot happen – Gamble and Hoitz find themselves stepping in over their heads as they set out to arrest a construction and financial magnate (played by Steve Coogan) who failed to get scaffolding permits on some of his projects.
They run afoul some heavies – led by Ray Stevenson (HBO’s series ROME and PUNISHER: WARZONE), and a few other guys with guns – their own boss, played by Michael Keaton; and finally a rival team of cops played by Rob Riggle (The Daily Show with Jon Stewart) and Damon Wayans, Jr. (um…Damon Wayan’s son? Better than listing him as in MARMADUKE, right.). Which leads to some crazy shoot-outs and action beats, and of course many quarrels between the leads – who work very well off each other.
Honestly, to go into much more detail about the story than that robs it of some of the surprise and set-up/pay off’s of the movie. And there’s a lot. Though there are moments where the story actually tries to take precedence over the comedy – which leads the movie to drag for a minute, and some of the action scenes are pretty frenetically undecipherable. It’s still a fantastic ride, and well worth the time to see.
Will Ferrell is actually pretty restrained in the movie. Almost putting on an air of his role as Harold Crick from STRANGER THAN FICTION; where he’s pretty straight-laced and happier doing accounting stuff than being crazy. Though, there is a flip side, that takes his character more in the direction of Frank the Tank, from OLD SCHOOL. He gets one great moment, right at the beginning of the movie. It’s not over-the-top, it’s just elaborate and perfectly executed. And it’s about tuna in the sea. (That’s all I’m saying.)
Wahlberg, also gets to play up the humor that we got a great taste of in THE DEPARTED (what? that was a comedy, right?). Here he gets to let loose, sure he yells a lot, but it’s a character trait and it’s discussed in a scene in the movie. There’s also a fantastic moment where the title of this post is used. (That’s all I’m saying about that too.)
The last thing I’ve got to say is, “soup kitchen.” And I’m done. Go see THE OTHER GUYS!! Adam McKay and co-writer Chris Henchy (LAND OF THE LOST) bring their A-game, and provide what I’m calling the best straight-up comedy of the year.