The Other Guys (2010)

The Other Guys Poster
Poster design by Ignition Print (with thanks to IMP Awards)

It’s a good thing I hadn’t seen any trailers prior to watching The Other Guys, as I wanted to surprise myself as to how good or how bad this buddy cop film was, and with a start studded cast I was hoping I would be getting my moneys worth.

Now if there’s one genre I really struggle with, then that has to be Comedy. I guess I am quite hard to please when it comes to these kinds of films.

Actors/ Characters

The so called “Other Guys” are Detectives Allen Gamble and Terry Hoitz (Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg). They are supported by the likes of Samuel L Jackson, Dwayne Johnson, Eva Mendes, Steve Coogan, and Michael Keaton amongst others.

Plot

Christopher Danson (Dwayne Johnson) and PK Highsmith (Samuel L Jackson) are two hotshot Detectives. They always get their men, but also leave a trail of disaster behind them, but the city and their department see them as heroes.

Then you have “the other guys”, Detectives Allen Gamble and Terry Hoitz, always looking up to Detectives Danson and Highsmith. Gamble and Hoitz make an unlikely team, Hoitz always dreaming to be just like his heroes Danson and Highsmith and would rather be out on the streets nabbing the criminals whereas Gamble is quite happy to be at his desk all day doing paperwork.

However, the latest bank robbery sees Danson and Highsmith fail for the first time in capturing them, so instead leap from a 20 storey building, as the Detectives would rather die in the line of duty than be seen as failures. It’s now time for Gamble and Hoitz to step up, much to the annoyance of Detective Gamble.

Scene from The Other Guys
Courtesy of IGN Movies

They stumble from one disaster to another, as they struggle to crack this case, until a routine scaffolding permit violation that Detective Gamble is investigating unearths an even bigger multi-billion dollar fraud by David Ershon (Steve Coogan).

Now it’s finally time for “The Other Guys” to stand up and be counted and nail this case, with a few mishaps along the way of course.

Verdict

I did mention earlier that I tend to struggle with comedy films, and this was no different. I was actually quite enjoying the movie while Dwayne Johnson and Samuel L Jackson were on screen, but sort of fell away a bit once they left the movie. I’m actually hoping they make a spin off film of Detectives Danson and Highsmith, as for The Other Guys, it was an OK movie and I can say I’m not much of a fan of Will Ferrell. The movie does have its moment so I can see it appealing to quite a few people out there.

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