I would agree with many other reviewers that the best part of this film is early on. I was not quite sure when it started to lose it and was not fully conscious of it at the time. Sort of like how a frog will jump out of a hot pot immediately but if you boil it slowly it will stay there until it dies. With this film by the time I realized that it was gone it was too late. It was a slow gradual decline, but with moments here and there that would give you hope for it pulling it back together.Overall the film was a reasonably entertaining spoof on The NeverEnding stream of police/crime action films. It plays on many of the tropes of that genre and it's ridiculousness is a reflection of those tropes and the genre itself. I was surprised though that the plot was relatively coherent and maintained its own internal consistency. I'm used to most films like this not even trying to avoid plot holes, but rather lazily Revel in them. In this film almost everything ties back into the plot in some way. So while it often had a very juvenile humor, it also had a rather clever plot line that could be appreciated by someone more intellectual. This might make the film a good choice for a father and son to watch together.I would have rated closer to 7 for the first part and more like three for the final segments. I'll put it at 5 overall. I should note that it is still funnier and in better taste than anything Adam Sandler did ever.
The Columbia folks must have thought the pairing of Will Farrell and Mark Wahlberg would be a good match for a comedy. But it certainly doesn't work in this film. The comedy in "The Other Guys" is thin at best. That weakness probably has to be chalked up mostly to the writers, for the script seems strained at times. The actors are hesitant in their dialog in places. It all smacks of a combination of a poor script, weak directing, and a plot that just doesn't register. The early scenes with Dwayne Johnson and Samuel Jackson as Danson and Highsmith are even less funny. It's obviously supposed to be a spoof of fast action cop movies. While that's quite clear, it's also clearly a weak and seemingly cheap effort to launch this movie. The only character of some interest is Captain Gene Mauch, played very well by Michael Keaton. Ferrell is just fair but Wahlberg and the rest strike me as the type that filled the B movies of the past. This film shows what Hollywood seems to have evolved into in much of its output so far in the 21st century. It seems obsessed with sex, and this film itself seems a fetish. Especially the scenes in which Ferrell's Allen Gamble and Eva Mendes as Dr. Sheila Gamble, pass descriptive sexual encounter desires to one another through her mother. That seemed to me to be just plain stupid. This is a film any thinking person will want to skip. Those who enjoy good comedies would soon be bored and then rightly miffed at spending any money for this flat piece.
Trying to make a film that's action, drama, and comedy (all in one) is tricky, and "The Other Guys" can't avoid the difficulty. The parts that tried to be funny seemed flat, the parts that tried to be dramatic were tedious and many of the action scenes seemed intentionally overdone, to the point of being corny. The places where this film scored were the stupid parts, many of which were SO stupid they were hilarious.Dwayne Johnson and Samuel Jackson were excellent; Michael Keaton is solid, as usual, and I think my hardest laughs were at scenes with Eva Mendez, especially the ones featuring her character's mother.Judged against those sorts of all-in-one movies, I'd probably give this a 7 out of 10; judged against all kinds of movies, though, it's probably worth only about a 3 or a 4. In fairness, that could just be because in the last few days I watched Red and Red 2 for the first time, both of which did better at pulling off the action/drama/comedy trifecta, in my opinion.
Jesper Tved Korsgaard
"The Other Guys" is a comedy, crime action movie, which follows the two cop buddies Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg who try to make a name for themselves in the NYPD. The story itself is not what makes this movie fun to watch, but instead to see the chemistry that goes on between Ferrell and Wahlberg. Their characters, who minds are complete opposite of each other works great for some good laughs throughout the movie. I love that the movie is set in a police environment, and that we get to see the odd police partnership play out between these two main characters. The flaw I have for this movie is the opportunities the movie misses to make it even funnier. The jokes in the movie mostly consist of what looks like improvised talk, and it's hard to find some real jokes in the movie without witnessing Wahlberg yelling all the time and Ferrell's mumbling. I feel the script could have been much better, but that isn't to say that the movie isn't funny at all, because it certainly has some scenes that will make you laugh. The crime- solving story isn't really that exiting to watch, which makes you more focused on how well Will and Wahlberg can deliver a funny performance. In the end, the movie has its funny moments but overall it could have been better.