Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Movie Review - The Other Guys

The Other Guys - ***

Directed by: Adam McKay

Starring: Will Ferrell, Mark Wahlberg, Eva Mendes, Michael Keaton, Samuel L. Jackson, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Rob Riggle, Damon Wayans, Jr.,

Review: After a couple lackluster comedies Will Ferrell gets back on track with “The Other Guys.” From the very first scene, which involves a wonderfully thought out speech about the hunting tactics of tuna fish, you can tell this will not be another overdone zany Ferrell comedy.  In fact, it is just the opposite.  Even though it may look like this is your standard buddy cop movie fare, it isn't.  Rather, the movie embraces all the buddy cop movie cliches and decides to use them as plot devices and ways to strike up humor.  It is all done quite effectively.

I don't know that I could explain the plot to you.  It involves a man who lost a lot of money doing business on Wall Street and then in order to make up for it and make the money back devises a scheme to get back $32 million. This man is kidnapped and then comes under investigation by "The Other Guys" (Ferrell and Wahlberg).  The investigation takes them all around and they get into the normal hijinks, including meeting Ferrell's wife as played by the always gorgeous Eva Mendes.

The movie loses a little bit for itself through the plot.  The plot being so convaluted doesn't add anything to the movie at all and actually detracts a bit as it makes it hard to follow.  However, it does provide a vehicle for the characters to move forward in the story as some funny events and storylines play out.  The movie is not "40-year-old Virgin" funny, but it's worth your time.

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