The Other Guys (2010)

logoDirector: Adam McKay

Writer: Adam McKay, Chris Henchy (Screenplay)

Starring: Will Ferrell, Mark Wahlberg, Eva Mendes, Michael Keaton, Ray Stevenson, Samuel L. Jackson, Dwayne Johnson, Steve Coogan


Plot: 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. 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.


Verdict: Solid Action Comedy


Story: It has been a while since we have seen a half decent buddy cop film and this offers a chance to bring it back to life. It follows the basic very well, with the odd couple going against orders of the captain to complete a case they have no business in. we have the overseas villain who is always smooth before losing patience. It has a new laughs for the genre but we have seen it all before, the glue for this film is the complete opposites Ferrell and Wahlberg other. (7/10)


Actor Review


Will Ferrell: Allen Gamble the account management officer who doesn’t want to take a chance on a real case. He has a past which caused him to be this way, but once the animal is released no one should get in his way. Good performance from Ferrell using his straight faced comedy which is easily his strongest. (8/10)


Mark Wahlberg: Terry Hoitz the angry cop who has been stuck in an office job because of an accidental shooting. He just wants to break out but Allen holds him back, but once they are on the case they show their potential. Good performance showing that Mark can do comedy with his tough guy persona. (8/10)


Eva Mendes: Sheila Allen’s wife who he is lucky to have, but like all woman find Allen attractive much too Terry’s confusion. Good supporting character but not enough screen time. (6/10)


Steve Coogan: David Ershon the man behind the crime which is leaving multiple people after him because of the money he has taken from them. Good performance from Coogan who has never quite made it in America. (7/10)


Michael Keaton: Captain Gene Mauch who tries to keep everything together but due to his second job he doesn’t take the chances the cops would like to take, but he always looks out for his team. Good performance with some increased chuckles because of his accidently song references.(7/10)


Ray Stevenson: Roger the man with the gun who is trying to keep David away from the cops to make sure his boss gets their money. Good performance in the villainous role. (7/10)


Samuel L. Jackson: P.K. Highsmith part of the popular partnership who cause all sorts of damage to the city to stop the smallest crimes before their egos get the better of them. Good small performance who gets some good laughs. (7/10)


Director Review: Adam McKay – Good direction to re-create the buddy cop genre to appeal to the new audience. (8/10)


Action: The film focuses more on the comedy than the action which works well. (6/10)

Comedy: Top comedy with plenty of what look like awkward conversations between everyone and funny moments and references. (9/10)

Settings: New York always makes a good place to have a cop film. (7/10)

Suggestion: I do think you will need to be a fan of the stars to enjoy this, it is them who carry the film rather than the story. (Try It)


Best Part: The explosion reaction.

Worst Part: Not the most original.

Action Scene Of The Film: Car chase through New York in a Prius.

Funniest Scene: Highsmith and Danson good bye scene.

Favourite Quote: The Tuna and Lion Talk.

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: Could have one.


Oscar Chances: No

Box Office: $170 Million

Budget: $100 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 47 Minutes


Overall: Good Buddy Cop Film

Rating 79

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