Desk jockey detectives Allen Gamble (Will Ferrell) and Terry Hoitz (Mark Wahlberg) stumble onto the heroic forefront in Adam McKay’s latest laughfest collaboration (Anchorman, Step Brothers) with Ferrell.
[Read tt stern-enzi's feature story on Will Ferrell's recent path to The Other Guys here.]
With the brash bad boys of crime fighting, Detectives Danson (Dwayne Johnson) and Highsmith (Samuel L. Jackson), out laying waste to the criminal element and the city-at-large, it falls to the mismatched Other Guys to handle all of the paper work and the clean-up behind the scenes, which is actually the last place Hoitz wants to be.
Gamble ends up tagging along and discovers that he’s got a nose for more than the paper trail.
That description makes the whole
affair sound like a routine buddy cop story and while McKay steps up the
action, this isn’t a straight-ahead send-up of genre conventions. Ferrell and
Wahlberg invest more time and attention on the goofiness of the characters and
burrow past the laughs until something almost recognizable and real emerges.
But these Guys and a cast that includes Michael Keaton, Eva Mendes and Steve Coogan still have to fire a fusillage of shots to rip enough holes in the target so that it doesn’t matter whether all of them hit the bullseye or not. Mission accomplished. Grade: B
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