Set in New York City, The Other Guys follows Detective Allen Gamble, a forensic accountant who's more interested in paperwork than hitting the streets, and Detective Terry Hoitz, a tough guy who has been stuck with Allen as his partner ever since an unfortunate run-in with Derek Jeter. Allen and Terry idolize the city's top c...more
Set in New York City, The Other Guys follows Detective Allen Gamble, a forensic accountant who's more interested in paperwork than hitting the streets, and Detective Terry Hoitz, a tough guy who has been stuck with Allen as his partner ever since an unfortunate run-in with Derek Jeter. Allen and Terry idolize the city's top cops, Danson and Highsmith, but when an opportunity arises for the Other Guys to step up, things don't quite go as planned. less
“Guys and those who enjoy the usual cop films with attempted humor, will definitely enjoy this.”
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The opening of shot of two trigger happy detectives, Danson (Dwayne Johnson) & Highsmith (Samuel L. Jackson), blazing through the crowded streets of New York, chasing a bunch of criminals, reminds one of the Lethal Weapon series. They are rough, arrogant and hell yes, famous! New York city loves them and they are NYPD heroes. But the movie is not about the heroes, it is about The Other Guys. Detective Allen Gamble (Will Ferrell), a forensic accountant and Detective Terry Hoitz (Mark Wahlberg) who is still being ridiculed for having shot a World Series player, 7 years ago. Gamble is very happy being a paper bitch for Danson & Highsmith. As destiny would have it, in an act of egoistic bravado, the heroes jump off a 20 storey building, aiming for the bushes meeting their concrete death eventually.
Now begins a scramble amongst the other law enforcement officers to be the new heroes. Gamble and Hoitz, two bumbling partners, out to make a mark, investigate a case of scaffolding violation involving millionaire David Ershon (Steve Coogan) not realizing that they are about to get uncover a multi-billion dollar scam. Ershon, who has lost billions for his investors, has Roger Wesley (Ray Stevenson) watch over him to ensure he does not run away. In this melee of trying to solve their case, they are reprimanded by Chief Gene Mauch (Michael Keaton) who cant stop talking about his sons bisexuality while quoting TLC lyrics now and again, while juggling his two jobs, one as Chief of Police and second as a Bed & Bath Store supervisor! Yes, you read it right. During their bonding dinner, Hoitz is introduced to Gambles wife, Dr. Sheila Ramos (Eva Mendes) who is deeply in love with Allen and cant stop her mammarian splendor from attracting Hoitz! Sounds cocky? Welcome to The Other Guys!
Set as a buddy cop flick, this Adam Mckay directed feature is part satire, part comedy, part action. Its chaotic, to say the least! There are gags galore, and ones which will really set your funny bone tickling. For example the scene where a helicopter is brought down by a bunch of recreational golfers, or the reaction of our dudes after a bomb blast in Jersey, or their trip to Las Vegas. There aint much in terms of scripting by Chris Henchy & Mckay himself. But they manage to club in all : Saturday Night Live type of characters, oodles of slap stick comedy, quite a few star cameos and some really funny scenes. The interaction between Gamble and Sheilas mother, the montage about a night of drinking to name a few.
Well where the film falters is in the message it wants to convey. Throughout the film, the plot revolves around the two trying to catch Ershon and you know Ershon is guilty, but dont quite know what his crime initially was. By the time in the end credits when the graphic representation of the financial irregularities is presented, the audiences have already left the hall.
Ferrell has mastered the art of self loathing gags and in this one, he does come up with a more restrained version of himself. His plays the now innocent Gamble with characteristic charm. His rendition of the lion and tuna episode is really hilarious. Wahlberg on his part, spoofs his own foul mouthing cop essayed by him earlier in The Departed. You can see the frustration in his eyes, whenever he is with Gamble or whenever he is trying to break out of his desk job with his Im a peacock, you have to let me fly. Eva Mendes has precisely 4 scenes in the film, but lives upto her tag as the sexiest woman alive. Steve Coogan as the sly Englishman is first rate. I just loved him on screen. Even in the worst of Ershons crisis situations, he maintains his calm demeanor throughout.
With the slew of releases this week, definitely worth your time.