3 1/2 Stars
The new Will Ferrell action-comedy runs for 107 minutes. If only director Adam Mckay had trimmed this down to 90minutes, leaving out the excessive and uninteresting action finale. Even at its current length, this is the funnest comedy of summer 2010. Pudgy wimp Ferrell is the paper pushing desk jockey that craves order and civility, that shys away from danger and violence. Mark Wahlberg plays his fiery partner, Terry Hoitz, who’s restricted to a desk and paired with Ferrell as punishment for shooting New York Yankee Derek Jeter. Look for that scene to draw applause in Boston.
‘The Other Guys‘ is at it’s best when it lets Ferrell tear lose as the alter ego ‘Gator’, a sexual tyrannosaur that shows up from time to time. Samuel L. Jackson and Dwayne Johnson are pitch perfect as the bad-boy cops Highsmith and Danson, look for an early gag that will either leave you in hysterics or disgusted. Unfortunately Wahlberg is lost in the shuffle. He isn’t a strong enough comedic presence to come across as natural, his mannerism seems forced and unconvincing. I like the guy, but I think his strengths as an actor don’t include comedy.
The only glaring problem with the picture is that is disintegrates into a standard and sub-par shoot ’em up. In return the film turns into exactly the type of movie it had been spoofing for the previous 90minutes. The action is too brutal and the villain is played far too serious for the material, much in the same vein as ‘Pinapple Express‘. It almost runs the good will the film had built up to that point,almost. However for much of it’s running time ‘The Other Guys‘ is the laugh out loud, fun movie that audiences have been waiting for all summer.
Director: Adam Mckay
Stars: Will Ferrell, Mark Wahlberg, Eva Mendes,
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