Sunday, August 1, 2010


By D.E.Levine

Director: Adam McKay
Writer: Adam McKay and Chris Henchy
Cast: Will Ferrell, Mark Wahlberg, Derek Jeter, Samuel Jackson, Dwayne Jackson, Steve Coogan, Eva Mendes, Larnell Stovall, Jalil Jay Lynch, Roy T. Anderson, David Gideon, Michael Keaton, Damon Wayons Jr., Rob Riggle et al.
Producers: Patrick Crowley and Jimmy Miller
Executive Producers: Will Ferrell, Chris Henchy, David B. Householter, Adam McKay and Kevin J. Messick
Associate Producers: William M. Connor and Rizelle Mendoza
Original Music: Jon Brion
Running Time: 107 Minutes
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Genre: Comedy, Action

Another successful pairing of comedien Will Ferrell and director Adam McKay. This is a funny film based on the age-old premise of the cop-buddy duo.

In The Other Guys, Ferrell plays Adam Gamble, a forensic accountant police detective who loves paperwork and is the butt of jokes by other detectives.

His partner, Terry Hoitz, is frustrated by being paired with Gamble, but he shot Derek Jeter and that has pretty much kept him office bound.

Who would have thought that Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg could do comedy together. But, the two are hilarious. Undoubtedly, much of that is due to Ferrell's outrageous comedic talent and Wahlberg's ability to play the straight man.

However, Wahlberg exhibits great comedic skill and timing in some scenes, especially when Gamble takes partner Hoitz home to meet his "ball and chain" wife played by Eva Mendes.

There's a very interesting supporting cast of detectives and administrators and plenty of funny jokes that caused the audience to laugh out loud throughout the film.

Steve Coogan is cast as a superb sleazy villain who manages to elude the hero cops but not "the other guys".

This is fun summer entertainment. Some of the language and jokes are crude, but overall it's a lightweight, fun film that deftly blends comedy with action.