“The Other Guys”

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Available on DVD and Blu-Ray December 14th, director Adam McKay teams up with Will Ferrell again in “The Other Guys.” The pair’s previous films include “Step Brothers,” “Talladega Nights,” and “Anchorman.” Starring along with Ferrell are Mark Wahlberg, Samuel Jackson, Dwayne Johnson, Eva Mendes, and Michael Keaton. The comedy took in $120 in domestic ticket sales with a $100 million dollar production budget. The theatrical version is rated PG-13 for crude and sexual content, language, violence and some drug material.

Hot-shot NYPD detectives Highsmith (Jackson) and Danson (Johnson) take all the high-profile action on the streets and leave the rest of their department with the office work. Allen Gamble (Ferrell) and Terry Hoitz (Wahlberg) are “The Other Guys,” paper pushing detectives who never make it out of the station. When Gamble pursues some construction permit violations, they tie the project to David Ershon, a powerful investment broker. As they investigate, they realize that Ershon is involved in much more, and Hoitz jumps on the chance to get out and work on a real case. Unfortunately, Ershon is well-connected, and Gamble and Hoitz are commanded to let the case go. While staying under the radar, they must find concrete evidence to take down Ershon and gain the respect they both deserve.

Will’s Take:
Fans of Will Ferrell will love this movie. His character reminds me of his SNL days, adlibbing ridiculous dialog with a straight face while the other actors around him struggle to keep composure. One wonders how much of the production budget was spent re-shooting scenes once the actors stopped laughing. The film is obviously meant to be silly, but has enough of a serious plot to keep it moving and entertaining. If you are looking for lots of laughs you should definitely check it out.
3.5 popcorn kernels

Leanna’s Take:
“The Other Guys” is the best comedy I’ve seen in quite awhile! Though they make an unconventional combo, Wahlberg and Ferrell are hilarious together. Their characters are polar opposites, one explosive and unstable, the other cautious and boring. The comedy is a fun mix of slapstick and subtle dialogue. I was seriously laughing so hard that my face hurt by the end. Obviously, I highly recommend it when you need some humor. Be sure to watch the end credits and the scene that follows!
3.5 popcorn kernels


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