Terry Hoitz’s past mistakes in the line of duty and Allen Gamble’s reluctance to take risks have landed them the roles of the “Other Guys”, disgraced New York City police detectives relegated to filling out paperwork for cocky hero cops Danson and Highsmith (Samuel L. Jackson, Dwayne Johnson). The mismatched duo must look past their differences when they take on a high-profile investigation of shady capitalist David Ershon and attempt to fill the shoes of the notoriously reckless officers they idolize.
Rating: 7 out of 10
Maybe this is the Red Sox fan in me talking, but I just love a protagonist whose major setback in life was accidentally shooting Derek Jeter in game 7 of the World Series.
“The Other Guys” is a truly funny buddy cop movie by director Adam McKay, who brought us the classic “Anchor Man,” but not quite as good. He teamed again with Will Ferrell (Allen Gamble) who plays a straight-laced detective opposite the loud-mouthed Terry Hoitz, played nicely by Mark Wahlberg. The cast is rounded out by Michael Keaton, Samuel L. Jackson, Dwayne Johnson, and Eva Mendes.
This is a ridiculous movie, but it’s so chalk full of sharp talent that deliver bit after bit after bit. It was seldom when I wasn’t laughing. The film lags about three quarters in, but the ending picked back up. The cast made this movie, and if you’re a Ferrell fan, you definitely want to check this out. It’s a fun summer movie.