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The Other Guys

23 Nov

Misfit NYPD detectives Gamble and Hoitz (Will Ferrell ad Mark Wahlberg) are sentenced to life behind the desk. They hate each other and the monotony of their meaningless jobs, as they’re forced to live in the shadow of the two biggest and most badass cops on the force (Samuel L. Jackson and Dwayne Johnson) But when those guys go down for the count, opportunity knocks for Gamble and Hoitz. Stumbling onto what could be one of the biggest crimes in years, can The Other Guys step up their game to solve the case without killing each other and destroying NYC in the process? From the director of Step Brothers and Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby (DVD)

Holy crap. This was quite possibly the funniest Will Ferrell movie I have seen in awhile. I wasn’t surprised though, considering it always seems like Will Farrell’s best work is done with Adam McKay as the director (see Anchorman, Step Brothers, and Ricky Bobby) and this was no exception. The stupid/hilarious humor I love so much is back in full force. A wooden gun, a character who unknowingly keeps quoting TLC songs, “I was so drunk, I thought a tube of toothpaste was astronaut food.” You get the idea. Will Ferrell proves his comedic genius once again, by saying everything completely deadpan and seriously, making it so much funnier. (Look up the bit where Mark Wahlberg says he is a lion and he would go attack a tuna, who is Will Farrell. Then read Will Farrell’s response.) Mark Wahlberg is hilarious as well, as a cop with some serious anger issues, and doesn’t understand that peacocks can’t fly. Wahlberg and Farrell’s chemistry is odd, but in a good way, making the pair really funny together. Eva Mendes, Steve Coogan, and Michael Keaton have some hilarious bits as well. An interesting thing about this movie, is that, at the surface, and about 90% of the way beneath that surface, it’s a funny cop movie. But that extra 10% is a movie that sheds light on the financial crisis that this economy is going through, and condemning all of the rich CEO’s who not only let it go on, but participate. (It makes a little more sense if you watch the credits) But during the movie, these extra hints and jabs were fit in very subtlely, and just very well done. Overall, a hilarious movie that any Will Ferrell fan should see.

8.5/10

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