Highsmith (Dwayne Johnson and Samuel L Jackson) are NYPD officers on top
of their game. They’re good at what they do- just ask them. They show a
wanton disregard for property and traffic laws; it’s all about stopping
the bad guys and saving the day, and the city will clean up the mess.
These guys are heroes, beyond reproach. But what happens if these
hotshots become so arrogant that it costs them their lives? And who will
step in to fill the vacuum left by the departure of these massive
the question posed to us by ’the other guys,’ a product of Will Ferrell
and Adam Mckay’s Gary Sanchez Productions.
as screenwriter and director, while Ferrell plays one of the two lead
roles: Allen Gamble, who is a forensic accountant, and quite possibly
the most boring police officer ever. The other side of the coin is Terry
Hoitz, played to effect by Mark Wahlberg. After accidentally shooting a
famous baseball player, Hoitz has been tethered to a desk job alongside
Gamble- a source of perpetual frustration, and frequent boil-overs.
begin by investigating a pedestrian case involving building permits, and
find themselves sucked into a conspiracy that is much larger than
seen ‘Talladega nights’ or ‘Anchorman‘, then you’ve got some idea of
what to expect from this film. And while the comedy doesn’t quite reach
the heights of those performances, there are still plenty of laughs to
Keaton is a stand-out, playing the police captain who moonlights at Bed
Bath and Beyond.
laughs are frequent, they are offset by a good dose of proper action as
well. The set-pieces are as creative as they are outrageous, the picks
being the shoot-out between Hoitz and Gamble and a helicopter on a golf
driving range, and a daylight robbery involving a wrecking ball. It’s
all crazy, fun stuff.
is a downside, it is the way some scenes can meander along without
hitting the right note- a by-product of the improvised nature of the
were given free reign in a lot of cases; sometimes it works, sometimes
it doesn’t. The interplay between the two leads is for the most part
entertaining, but Wahlberg’s explosive character begins to wear thin
before the end of the feature. At one point, Gamble confronts Hoitz
about his anger problem. “It’s exhausting,” he laments. It is
exhausting, for the viewer, but thankfully the climax is reached before
this really starts to grate.
Ferrell finally cuts loose at baddie Steve Coogan, the results are
Blu-ray edition of ‘the other guys’ contains both the theatrical release
and an extended version of the film with an additional 9 minutes of
looks fantastic in 1080p: New York City looks stunning as a backdrop,
and the action is crystal clear. Perhaps the most impressive and
memorable scene in the movie depicts Hoitz and Gamble on a drunken
outing, with the camera moving between frozen shots. The soundtrack is
well designed, with narration by Ice T and numerous well-chosen tracks
to accompany the action.
treated to a whole bag of special features, although the range of
quality is fairly broad:
Mom-entary: The mothers of director Adam Mackay, co-writer Chris
Henchy and Will Ferrell provide commentary. It isn’t quite as funny
as it should be.
Line-O-Rama: Some nice pieces of improvisation from the main
reel: What sort of comedy film doesn’t have one of these? Definitely
worth a watch.
Additional deleted and extended scenes: Quite lengthy in running
time. Some, but not all, are worth a look.
forwards: Certain scenes throughout the movie are looked back on by
the characters, after the event. This one hasn’t been explored to
its full potential, but there are some mildly funny cameos by Donald
Trump and Paris Hilton.
Alternate action: Some more scenes involving Samuel L Jackson and
that: Explores how each of the actors came to work on this movie,
and their strengths as comedians.
and burn: A nice little feature that takes us through the stunts and
how they were realised.
are there Brits in this movie: Basically Adam Mckay and actor Steve
Coogan slagging each other off: worth a look.
Riggle likes to party: Riggle, who plays officer (name) in the film,
takes us on a brief tour of the set and its inhabitants.
shouldn’t kiss chicken: A slightly disturbing featurette.
Wahlberg’s eating contest entourage: Wahlberg invites a friend on
set, who claims he can eat anything… and is happy to demonstrate.
bath and way beyond: Some improvisation work by the talented Michael
Keaton that didn’t make the cut.
global commercial: An advertisement for the evil corporation.
Extreme close-up: Some interviews with the cast, conducted at
discomfortingly close range. Not a lot to like.
don’t cry music video: A clip for the song that Will Ferrell
co-wrote for the movie.
Everyone hates the DVD guy: Yet more interviews on-set, filmed with
a hand-held camera. Not a lot to smile at here.
guys’ on Blu-ray is well worth a watch if you’re a fan of Will Ferrell
and Adam Mckay’s past work, or if you’re just looking for some good,
loud, ridiculous fun.