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The Other Guys

  • Comedy
  • Drama
  • 2010
  • Adam McKay
  • 103 mins
  • 12A

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.

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Review

Rating: 3 out of 5.

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.

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Credits

Cast

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Allen GambleWill Ferrell
Terry HoitzMark Wahlberg
PK HighsmithSamuel L Jackson
Christopher DansonDwayne Johnson
Dr Sheila GambleEva Mendes
Captain Gene MauchMichael Keaton
David ErshonSteve Coogan
Roger WesleyRay Stevenson
FrancineLindsay Sloane
ChristinithNatalie Zea
FosseDamon Wayans Jr
Brooke ShieldsBrooke Shields
Rosie PerezRosie Perez
Pamela BoardmanAnne Heche
NarratorIce-T
DA RadfordJosef Sommer
MartinRob Riggle

Crew

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DirectorAdam McKay

Details

Theatrical distributor
Columbia Pictures Corporation Ltd.
Released on
2010-09-17
Language
English
Guidance
Some violence, swearing, sexual references.
Available on
DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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