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    October 24, 2010

    MOVIE REVIEW: THE OTHER GUYS

    THE OTHER GUYS (English/PG13)
    Genre: Action/Comedy
    Release Date: 14 October 2010
    Distributor: Sony Pictures
    Running Time: 105 minutes
    Director: Adam McKay
    Producers: Adam McKay, Will Ferrell, Jimmy Miller, Patrick Crowley
    Writers: Chris Henchy, Adam McKay
    Casts: Will Ferrell, Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson, Samuel L Jackson, Eva Mendes, Steve Coogan, Michael Keaton
    Plot: Allen Gamble (Will Ferrell) and Terry Hoitz (Mark Wahlberg) are partnered NYPD detectives who work in the forensic accounting department and rarely see any action. Gamble is more than happy with his job while Hoitz has been assigned against his will after a public incident with his quick trigger finger. They idolise the city's top cops Danson (Dwayne Johnson) and Manzetti (Samuel L. Jackson), but when an opportunity arises for Gamble and Hoitz to step up, things do not quite go as expected.

    THE VERDICT

    Cross the match now and ask yourself this; when you have Adam McKay and Will Ferrell, what do you get? A great combination for steroidal comedy film with some non-sense lingering at the back of your head of course. That kind of medicine always comes in a form of love it or hate it. Once, there is a Talladega Night and then Step Brother that you love for while there are times like a douche at all. Now adding some sauces of action, you get The Other Guys. so, will this latest invention follows the success of Ricky Bobby or trenching into the drain like Land of the Lost?

    In The Other Guys, Allen Gamble (Ferrell) and Terry Hoitz (Wahlberg) formed an unlikely cop buddy partnership. When the city's top cop Detectives Danson (Johnson) and Highsmith (Jackson) are busy pursuing criminals, Gamble and Hoitz sought a chance for themselves by investigating the scaffolding permit violation and winds up uncovering a much bigger plot by multi-billionaire David Ershon to cover his company's losses. However, things do not quite go as planned as they embroiled deeper into a scandal that could threaten their lives and reputations. 


    The Other Guys is practically an acceptable comedic performance for Ferrell and Wahlberg. It bursts some laughter out while maintaining the silliness of the idiotic story plot. There are various kinky and sexist references too; where those criteria fulfill the top notch of criteria in any Adam McKay - Will Ferrell partnership. The spoils are imminent and the story is fun to follow, but it seems at times the business jargon gets too hard to follow and at times too stupid for a brainy movie at this. This is however been a major exception from any other McKay's films because if it is easier to describe this movie in a sentence, it could be "a dumb movie for smart peoples". 


    Ferrell recovers from a setback after his last year's douche performance in Land of the Lost by delivering a solid and less idiotic police officer that partners with Wahlberg who as always have a solid performance for anything he is in. In this movie, Ferrell and Wahlberg double the fun while the addition of major supporting casts like Eva Mendes, Dwayne Johnson, Samuel L Jackson and Steve Coogan made the film even more impressive.



    Certainly, The Other Guys fared better than other buddy cop films. For instance, the critics universally praised the film way better than Cops Out, the Kevin Smith film that looks horrible on one end. While Cops Out is a trash, The Other Guys saved the day by bringing in one heroic and crazy comedy for audience. Nevertheless, there is still some room for improvement because I do not think this is enough to be McKay-Ferrell's best partnership ever. Besides, the high rating on Rotten Tomatoes for this movie seems over-exaggerated.


    In the end of the day, if you are looking for a comedy to gauge some laughter, The Other Guys is the perfect choice. Beware, you may get lost because of its heavy plot that deals a lot of business jargon while maintaining a lot of fun factors in it. The Other Guys seems passable and acceptable.



    THE RATING
    Story - 3.5 stars
    Casts - 4.0 stars
    Cinematography - 3.5 stars
    Effects - 3.5 stars
    OVERALL - 3.5 stars
    GREEN-TEA-O-METER: 14.6
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