Friday, August 20, 2010

Movie Review: "The Other Guys"

5. "The Other Guys" is very funny — maybe the funniest movie of the year and Will Ferrell's best comedy since the terrific "Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy" — but the flick works on another level: It's a buddy cop send-up that happens to be the best buddy cop movie since "Lethal Weapon."

4. Ferrell plays a mild forensic accountant with a dark side partnered with Mark "Third Nipple" Wahlberg, a talented-but-angry detective who yearns for action and glory but his held by the career-limiting move of accidentally (but quite hilariously) shooting Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter before the seventh game of the World Series.

3. Both Ferrell's and Wahlberg's characters are overshadowed by flashy caricatures of muscled action heroes, played by Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and Samuel L. Jackson, who do all the things cop pals do in action movies — go on high-speed chases, wreck vintage sports cars, blow stuff up and shoot guns with great abandon — while Ferrell and Wahlberg tool around in Ferrell's Toyota Prius and investigate scaffolding permit violations.

2. "Guys" delivers the dead-pan cherubic worldview Ferrell does so well, though more restrained than some of his on-screen incarnations, while also providing a sly, stinging critique our decade-long economic woes and the greed and stupidity that led us here.

1. Another hidden gem is the closing credits, which provide a series of animated graphics about corporate greed that would almost be funny if they weren't so true.

"The Other Guys"
Run time:
1 hour, 47 minutes
Rated PG-13‎‎
Genre: Comedy‎
Director: Adam McKay
Cast: Will Ferrell, Mark Wahlberg, Eva Mendes, Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Keaton and Dwayne Johnson
Finney's Flicks Grade: A

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