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What a cop out!

by jmaloni
Tue, Sep 21st 2010 09:00 am
Review by Matt Crouch


*What you are about to read is a cinematic review. Each movie is critiqued based on its rating-pending (PG or R), Genre (Comedy or Thriller), the acting, the score, the plot, and the overall quality of the movie. Hence, just because there are explosions, blood, or you think George Clooney/Megan Fox is "hot" does not mean it's a good film. Or does it. ... You be the judge.*

‘The Other Guys' (2010)


Will Ferrell, Mark Wahlberg, Eva Mendes, Michael Keaton, Dwayne (The Rock) Johnson, Samuel L. Jackson, Derek Jeter

Director:  Adam McKay -- "Anchorman," "Talladega Nights," "Step Brothers"

Written by: Adam McKay


Terry Hoitz's (Wahlberg) past mistakes in the line of duty and Allen Gamble's (Ferrell) reluctance to take risks have landed them the roles of "The Other Guys" -- disgraced New York City police detectives relegated to filling paperwork for cocky hero cops. The mismatched duo must look past their differences when they take on a high-profile investigation of a shady capitalist billionaire and attempt to fill the shoes of the notoriously reckless officers they idolize.


I'm a huge fan of "Anchorman" and "Step Brothers," just to put that out there.

Will Ferrell and director Adam McKay work with each other so well that they create comedies that are both original and so "out there" that you can't help but fall out of your seat laughing. Their movies, together, are so good that you not only remember them because of the comedy of the film, but because you can't stop quoting the movie lines four weeks after you've watched them. And that's what makes this team successful.

But I have to draw a line between myself and some other movie critics out there in regards to this film.

I have no clue why people are raving about this slow-paced, barely-funny movie. I laughed maybe a total of four times. The whole film is a mock off for movies such as "Bad Boys" and "Lethal Weapon." The premise is fun and creative, but just not funny enough to hold it together.

The film starts off with "The Rock" and Jackson tearing up the streets kind of like Will Smith and Mel Gibson. As a result, Wahlberg becomes jealous and loud about how he wants some of their glory. So, the entire film is Wahlberg trying to convince Ferrell to do some "real" detective/explosive work.

They end up finding a case, but in the midst of doing so, and also trying to make fun of the premise, the story ends up boring and uneventful.

There really isn't anything else to say other than don't see it if you're expecting an "Anchorman" experience, or a high-flying-shooting comedy.

I'm so disappointed Mr. McKay!


If your fans of "Paul Blart: Mall Cop," "Cop Out," or "Money Train."

2 out of 5 stars

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