The Other Guys

July 2, 2011 - Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg play a pair of mis-matched NYPD detectives who blunder their way into preventing a massive case of financial fraud. Michael Keaton plays their captain. Eva Mendes, Samuel L. Jackson, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and Derek Jeter also star.

Wahlberg plays Terry Hoitz, a cop who was really going places until a fateful incident at the World Series. Ferrell is his partner, Allen, a forensic accountant who has never even fired his gun. Together, they are the outcasts of the squad room, looked down on and made fun of by the other cops.

But, things start to change when Terry and Allen attempt to arrest a businessman who, Allen has discovered, failed to get some needed building permits. Things go horribly wrong and, at first, it looks as though Terry and Allen have made fools of themselves once again. But, they stick to their guns and, in their own unique way, mange to prove everyone wrong.

Overall review: *** This movie is totally, outrageously inappropriate. And, I mean that in a good way. What else would you expect from a movie written by Adam McKay (who also directs) and Chris Henchy? McKay is the guy behind Saturday Night Live's "Saturday TV Funhouse" sketches. He also wrote Anchorman and Talladega Nights, both of which starred Will Ferrell. Henchy, who's married to Brooke Shields, has worked on TV shows including Spin City and Entourage. More recently, he's known for the Funny or Die franchise, in which McKay and Ferrell are also big players. With The Other Guys, the team has created a movie that's about 75% funny.