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“Other Guys” can go away


Samuel L. Jackson. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. Mark Walhberg. Will Ferrell? One of these things is not like the others; one of these things just doesn’t belong.       


That was my thought as I watched the newest Adam McKay/ Will Ferrell comedy “The Other Guys.” Ferrell and Wahlberg star as Allen Gamble and Terry Hoitz, two New York detectives.


They spend a lot of time behind their desks while they watch the rock-stars of the force, Highsmith and Danson (Jackson and Johnson) catch the bad guys and get all the glory.

After Highsmith and Danson are taken off active duty (I won’t spoil the how/ why) Gamble and Hoitz seize the opportunity to become the star detectives they know they are.

When they go to arrest David Ershon (Steve Coogan), a Wall Street tycoon, for failing to file some building permits they unexpectedly stumble into the biggest Ponzi scheme NY has ever seen. It’s up to Gamble and Hoitz to bring in the bad guys and not get themselves killed in the process.

It’s hard to pin-point exactly what is wrong with this film. None of it works really. It starts off bad and then just doesn’t go anywhere else. The film starts on an action sequence, Jackson is driving his car behind the bad guys car that Johnson just happens to be on the roof of. Johnson leaps back to Johnsons car and climbs in thru the window. (Fine, I’ll buy that)

Then during the high-speed chase they end up crashing thru a double-decker tour bus. The next shot is of Johnson driving the bus (naturally) with Jackson’s car still stuck in the middle of it. One sharp corner and the car gets dislodged and sent straight towards the bad guys. (Yeah, okay, that could happen.)

They, of course, catch the bad guys and arrest them. And what you may ask was their great offence that would be worth the hundreds of thousands of dollars of damage to the city … a misdemeanors worth of marijuana.

We then meet Ferrell and Wahlberg. There’s a running joke (and I use the term loosely) through-out the movie about how incredibly hot women find Ferrell irrestible that’s not funny and Wahlberg keeps talking about how he wants to fly like a peacock that I still don’t get.

The funniest part of the film is Michael Keaton who plays the Police Captain. In order to put his kid thru college he moonlights at Bed, Bath, and Beyond and the sight of Batman in a Bed, Bath, and Beyond smock still makes me chuckle. He also uses TLC lyrics as put of his dialog but claims to not know who TLC is which I found stupidly funny.

The plot and the Ponzi scheme are really unimportant and there’s so much talk about Wall Street and stocks and numbers that you really don’t care. The end credits roll over an interesting animation about CEO incomes and Ponzi schemes that just seem out of place.

I’m not sure why I keep going into these McKay/ Ferrell films expecting something. Nothing can top “Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy.” It was comedic greatness and I keep hoping that they’ll tap into that same vein again but all I find is disappointment. Even the FunnyorDie videos have gotten less amusing.

“The Other Guys” was a huge let-down for me and yet another reason why this summer movie season has truly sucked.




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