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3.0 out of 5 stars Not one of Ferrells best, 2 Mar. 2011
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This review is from: The Other Guys [DVD] [2011] (DVD)
The start of this film was very promising & funny, with Dwane Johnson(The Rock) & Samuel L. Jackon as a pair of ass kicking cops, Danson and Highsmith, who think they are invincible & too good to do paperwork. Meanwhile, Will Ferrell & Mark Wahlberg are the "other guys" in the shadows who sit in an office fighting to do their dirty paperwork. Wahlberg's character (a disgraced cop who was on the way to the big time) is climbing the walls for a chance to do some proper work after being dumped behind a desk, meanwhile his partner Ferrell (a police accountant) is content with office work, so Wahlberg's task is to shake things up & persuade him otherwise. However his attempts get kicked up a notch pretty quick, as 20 minutes in, super cops Danson and Highsmith amazingly through their "we cant die" attitude, in a superbly silly OTT way, get themselves killed. A perfect opportunity for the other guys to step up....

As you can tell there is a quality support cast here, along with Eva Mendes, Michael Keaton & Steve Coogan. However this film just doesn't fully click into gear for me, i loved Ferrell's other work like Anchorman, Land of the Lost, Old School & Step Brothers. But here the film is passable with some comedy highlights, but nowhere near as good as the previously mentioned films with Ferrell in. Ferrell was decent in the film to be fair, although not quite his usual A class standard that i expect. The decision to cast Mark Wahlberg as his Co star just didn't sit right with me, he is NOT a comedy actor of Ferrell's caliber. It was quite honestly cringe worthy in places watching him trying to be funny, but to be fair to him, he was good in patches playing out the macho guy who can't fathom why Ferrell's geeky character gets the hot chicks. It's likely that Wahlberg was recommended after starring in Date Night from Ferrell's pal Steve Carell. Still, i am not blaming him 100% as i am not sure casting someoneelse would had saved this film tbh, sure it may had made it a bit better if there was someone Ferrell could of had better chemistry with, but still, not one of Ferrells best imo

In conclusion, The Other Guys has it's moments with some genuine funny scenes, but it just doesn't seem to click, as both leads find themselves floundering in places. Worth a watch.
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