Samuel L. Jackson
Two mismatched New York City detectives seize an opportunity to step up like the city’s top cops whom they idolize — only things don’t quite go as planned.
Will Ferrell is at his best when he plays his parts low-key and dead serious, which is what he truly does best here as Allen Gamble. The teaming of Ferrell and Wahlberg is an inspiring match as the two work very well off each other. The film is packed with more than capable actors that add much personality and a lot of humor to the film.
The real standout here (other than the two leads) is the return of Michael Keaton. Having been a movie fanatic all my life, I grew up on many Keaton movies such as Beetle Juice, Night Shift, Multiplicity, Mr. Mom, etc. The man has some serious comic timing and a real presence on screen, it is really too bad he’s been forgotten the past few years. Not surprisingly, Keaton has still got it as he plays the part of police chief perfectly and adds his own blend of humor to the film, it was a joy to watch.
As with Adam McKay’s films (Anchorman, Talladega Nights), this film is never meant to be taken seriously. The Other Guys is a completely over-the-top parody on buddy cop films of the 80s and even the more recent action films.
If you are in the mood for something completely ridiculous, then this is right up your alley. I have seen the movie twice and have truly enjoyed it both times. If films like Anchorman hit your funny bone, then this definitely do the same.
Rating: PG-13 for crude and sexual content, language, violence and some drug material
Runtime: 107 minutes