By Ryan Parsons | Image property of Universal Pictures
Sweet relief. After seeing action comedies miss the mark all throughout 2010, The Other Guys seems to have finally brought back the genre-mixer's A-game.
The Other Guys Reviewed
Two of the first reviews have arrived for The Other Guys and they agree on one simple idea -- the movie is funny, though it may lose some rhythm here and there.
Arrestingly funny. Just when it seemed like the once-robust buddy-cop action-comedy was going to require a do-not-resuscitate order, along comes Will Ferrell and Adam McKay to show 'em how it's done. Having successfully collaborated with director-writer McKay several times in the past, most notably on "Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy" and "Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby," Ferrell keeps the winning streak intact while drawing out Mark Wahlberg's untapped funny side in "The Other Guys." Although their yin-yang dynamic makes for the comic dream team of the summer, they receive plenty of expert backup from Michael Keaton, Eva Mendes, Steve Coogan, Samuel L. Jackson and Dwayne Johnson.
The Other Guys
After a season of coed action comedies ranging from "Date Night" to "Knight and Day," it figures Adam McKay would be the one to bring back the bromance, milking the testosterone-fueled buddy-cop genre for touchy-feely fun in "The Other Guys." Starring Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg as two paper pushers who'd surely be sidelined in a traditional policer, pic sets out with more of a plot than such previous McKay comedies as "Anchorman" and "Talladega Nights." That should push B.O. further, but it also becomes the film's undoing, as the laughs ultimately take a backseat to a convoluted white-collar crime story.
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