The Other Guys - The StoryAllen Gamble (Ferrell) is totally comfortable being the New York police detective who does all the paperwork for his precinct's hotdog detectives. He's into forensic accounting and not so into going out and actually making arrests. Meanwhile his partner, Terry Hoitz (Wahlberg), wants to be out in the field bagging the bad guys but is on desk restriction after shooting Derek Jeter. Yes, that Derek Jeter. Terry's now the laughingstock of the NYPD and has little hope of ever recovering his reputation.
However, after an unfortunate series of events puts the department's top detectives (played by Samuel L Jackson and Dwayne Johnson) primo spot at the front of the line up for grabs, Terry leaps at the chance to get back out on the streets. And because Allen's his partner, the career desk jockey is forced into actually doing some legwork. Of course this doesn't go smoothly, with their first attempt at beating another pair of detectives to a crime scene ending up with Allen's Prius resting on top of the already dead body and his car covered in cocaine.
The ActingMcKay surrounded Ferrell and Wahlberg with a bunch of scene-stealing comedians, and the number of recognizable actors who show up to interject a joke or two and quickly exit is pretty incredible. Add those hit and run funny people to an impressive supporting cast that includes Michael Keaton back in the world of comedy that he made his home in in the '80s (I still love him best for Mr Mom), Eva Mendes as the brunt of jokes over her Plain Jane looks, Rob Riggle and Damon Wayans Jr as detectives who think they're the department's next big thing, and Samuel L Jackson and Dwayne Johnson as two superstar detectives who are given keys to the city even after piling up millions in damages while chasing down a lowly marijuana dealer. Keaton et al keep the film lively, but The Other Guys is really Ferrell and Wahlberg's baby. If they didn't connect on screen, the film would fall completely flat. Fortunately, the odd couple pairing proves to be just the ticket for this action comedy with heart.
The Bottom Line
The Other Guys was directed by Adam McKay and is rated PG-13 for crude and sexual content, language, violence and some drug material.
Theatrical Release: August 6, 2010