The Other Guys

The Other Guys

Adam McKay (2010)

103min
12 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
This mismatched-cops comedy takes several well-aimed swipes at the action genre, blending knockabout farce with quick-witted humour. Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg play deskbound detectives envious of their all-guns-blazing front line colleagues (played to the hilt by Samuel L Jackson and Dwayne Johnson). So when the two paperhangers inadvertently find themselves at the centre of a major case while investigating a billionaire fraudster's building permit violation, Wahlberg sees it as an opportunity for promotion and to gain the respect of his mocking peers, if only he can overcome his accountant partner's constant bumbling. What could have been a bog-standard buddy movie is elevated here by the two terrific leads: Wahlberg succeeds by playing each scene with steely grit and a straight face, while Ferrell is close to the side-splitting form of Anchorman: the Legend of Ron Burgundy, an earlier collaboration with director Adam McKay. Jackson, Eva Mendes and Michael Keaton also get the opportunity to show off their comic talent in a fine supporting cast.

Summary

Two desk-bound incompetent cops live in the shadow of their more daring colleagues. However, when the heroes of the station are killed in a bizarre accident, the bumbling duo get the chance to prove their worth as they stumble across a tycoon's illegal activities. Action comedy, starring Will Ferrell, Mark Wahlberg, Steve Coogan and Eva Mendes.

Cast & Crew

Allen Gamble Will Ferrell
Terry Hoitz Mark Wahlberg
David Ershon Steve Coogan
Dr Sheila Gamble Eva Mendes
PK Highsmith Samuel L Jackson
Christopher Danson Dwayne Johnson
Capt Gene Mauch Michael Keaton
Roger Wesley Ray Stevenson
Director Adam McKay
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Columbia Pictures Corporation Ltd.Guidance: Some violence, swearing, sexual references.Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 17 Sep 2010
Comedy Drama