Friday, August 6, 2010

The Other Guys

WORTH IT: (Adam McKay) Detectives Allen Gamble (Will Ferrell) and Terry Hoitz (Mark Wahlberg) have never been heroes. In fact, one thrives pushing paper and crunching numbers, and the other is famous for shooting Derek Jeter. Basically, these guys don’t just get ignored, they get tortured, and their tied to their desks while the big guns, Detectives Christopher Danson and P.K. Highsmith (Dwayne Johnson and Samuel L. Jackson) rake in glory with case after case. Total opposites and unmatched partners, Hoitz and Gamble finally stumble upon a case that may serve as their ticket back into a respectful reputation, if they can just find a way to do good without somehow screwing it up. The chemistry between Marky Mark and Will Ferrell is tremendous, delivering humor in all degrees and with almost every line. Be prepared to laugh out loud and chuckle to yourself in between. Sure, with every ridiculous movie there are some lame lines, forced comedy and hyperbolic scenarios, but overall, you’ll leave satisfied and cracking up. Enjoy an unlikely performance from Eva Mendez, an amusing one by Michael Keaton, and appearances by all those guys that are always in funny movies but whose names you never really learn. You’ll even learn more facts than you ever wanted to know about the catastrophic salaries of AIG employees if you stay through the credits. Bottom line – this film is easy to take, absolutely hilarious, action-packed and utterly ridiculous, all adding up to your perfect summer flick. It’s 107 minutes of comic bliss, proving that Director Adam McKay’s love fest with Ferrell might just be his smartest decision yet (Anchorman and Step Brothers).

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