Movie Review: The Other Guys

Movie Review: The Other Guys

The Other Guys

PG-13 for crude and sexual content, language, violence
and some drug material.
Genre: Action, comedy
Running Time: 1 hour 47 minutes

NYPD Detectives Christopher Danson and P.K. are the baddest and most beloved cops in New York City. They don’t get tattoos – other men get tattoos of them.

But, two desks over and one back sit Detectives Allen Gamble
and Terry Hoitz.

These are the Detectives you see in the background pictures of Danson and Highsmith. They’re always out of focus and have their eyes closed. They’re not heroes – they’re known as The Other Guys. But, every cop has his or her day and very soon Gamble and Hoitz stumble into a seemingly innocuous case no other Detective wants to touch which could turn into New York City’s biggest crime.

It’s the opportunity of their lives…but will these guys have the right stuff to pull off the job?

An Unmatched Dynamic Duo!?

It’s like a bad Batman TV series flashback!

Mark Wahlberg plays Terry Hoitz while Will Ferrell is his cop detective partner Allen Gamble. They’re two mismatched New York City detectives but in The Other Guys they seize an opportunity to step up like the city’s top cops whom they idolize.

But, as you can imagine…things don’t quite go as planned.

We have to admit, we do not like Will Ferrell. As a matter of fact, we usually run the other way whenever we hear about a Ferrell movie. But, The Other Guys looked like it had potential because Ferrell pretty much plays a supporting role with Mark Wahlberg, Samuel L. Jackson and Dwayne Johnson.

Oh, and by the way, watch for a great cameo appearance of
Derek Jeter playing himself!

When all is said and done, The Other Guys could double as a bad Batman TV series spin-off. It’s campy, it’s hokey and all it really lacked were the dumb “ka-pow” graphics we used to laugh at as kids. But, in the end, The Other Guys is probably destined to be another Will Ferrell box office flop. If you head to the movie hoping for something good because of the other star power names – Samuel L. Jackson, Dwayne Johnson, Mark Wahlberg and Michael Keaton – you will be sorely disappointed.

When it comes to the acting, if you blink you’ll miss the appearances of Jackson and Johnson. When it comes to Wahlberg he looks like he’s simply going through the motions hoping to pick up his paycheck at the end of the day. Eva Mendes shows up as the usual eye-candy she is. Michael Keaton looks like he’s pretty much a washed up actor. Then, last but certainly not least, there’s the sub-par bad acting performance of Will Ferrell. I have no idea what the appeal is for Ferrell. He’s proven time and time again that he is not a box office draw at all. As a matter of fact, many of his recent movies have been huge box office flops.

In The Other Guys, Will Ferrell proves once again he’s a no-talent-hack trying to relive his somewhat successful days of Saturday Night Live.

I find it very interesting that even though Wahlberg and Ferrell appear on the movie poster and they’re cast as the stars, on the Movie Web Internet site, they show up under the “other actors” category! That should tell you a whole lot about how the filmmakers felt about the performances of Wahlberg and Ferrell! Adding insult to injury, Derek Jeter, Samuel L. Jackson and Dwayne Johnson take top billing on the Movie Web site! It’s almost like the filmmakers are embarrassed to point to the fact that Wahlberg and Ferrell are the stars!

That in itself should tell you a lot about this movie!

It’s A Crime Scene – Don’t Cross The Line!

The bottom line is this – The Other Guys – is simply a bad movie that looks like it was also a very low-budget flick.

This movie is simply a series of juvenile jokes looking for quick laughs. There’s absolutely nothing new here and when you do laugh, it’s simply because 90% of the humor is just stupid. It’s a poorly written script with an endless stream of bad and raunchy jokes. Initially we thought Wahlberg and others might pull this movie out of the dumpster. But alas, instead of working hard on their screen appearance, they simply go through the motions.

All in all, The Other Guys truly does need the “Crime Scene-Do Not Enter” tape. It’s an insult to our intelligence and all we can do is hope it dies a quick death. I’m sure in the years to come those involved in this flick will stop and ask — “What was I thinking!?”

When it comes to rating, there is no way The Other Guys is even remotely close to falling into the family-friendly category. If anything, this movie deserves an R rating.

Avoid the show!
Dr. Rus

About the Author

Dr. Rus has 30+ years experience in the field of communication. He takes this experience, and his passion to encourage others to positively effect their environment, when providing insight and movie reviews.