The Other Guys

Putting together a seemingly mis-matched acting duo may lead to disaster. Sometimes it works with others showing why differing performance styles can go against a film. Having Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg may seem unlikely but it mostly works for ‘The Other Guys’. An uneven but amusing enough comedy directed by Adam McKay, ‘The Other Guys’ generally hits its targets more often than misses.

Terry (Mark Wahlberg) and Allen (Will Ferrell) are New York police detectives seriously on the outer. With one constantly making mistakes and the other unwilling to take risks, the duo are confined to desk duties assisting high profile cops Danson (Dwayne Johnson) and Highsmith (Samuel L Jackson). When a crisis hits the latter pair, Terry and Allen are tasked with investigating shady capitalist Sir David Ershon (Steve Coogan). Events swiftly spiral out of control with the wayward partnership tested as bullets and barbs fly.

‘The Other Guys’ heavily relies on the hoped for chemistry between Ferrell and Wahlberg. It partially succeeds with Ferrell taking the honours in his earnestly nerdy role. Wahlberg less so as he seems to try too hard to be funny. The same can be said for the movie overall as scenes are pushed to their limits in attempting to hit the funny bone. Occasionally it flies whenever Ferrell cuts loose in manic mode but there’s a down-beat feel to proceedings.

The intermittent action sequences are great and enliven the often glacial pacing. Comedy can be difficult to pull off with the elements seemingly in place for a good time. Even for a laugh-agitator as ‘The Other Guys’ it discards too many moments for humour. If it wasn’t for Ferrell ‘The Other Guys’ would have little value.

‘The Other Guys’ is a mixed bag. While having good scenes, there aren’t enough of them. It needed more energy and enthusiastic performances to fully soar. Odd couple partnerships will always thrive however as cops like the ones found in ‘The Other Guys’ ones you wouldn’t want on the beat.

Rating out of 10: 5


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