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Two mismatched new york city detectives seize an opportunity to step up like the city's top cops whom they idolize -- only things don't quite go as planned.


Studio Sony
SKU 217550895
UPC 043396367616
UPC 14 00043396367616
Format DVD
Release Date 9/22/2015
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Anamorphic Widescreen  2.40:1
ReviewSource ReelViews
Review Will Ferrell's recent resume isn't anything to get excited about: Land of the Lost, Step Brothers, Semi-Pro, Blades of Glory. There's a sameness to all of them, not only in that the Ferrell characters are difficult to differentiate from one another, but that the comedy is tired and tepid. Fortunately, The Other Guys has a better grip on what's funny, exhibits solid comedic timing, and is generally more entertaining than tedious. Director Adam McKay has a stronger sense than some directors about how to best employ Ferrell's likeability and cluelessness (his two most disarming on-screen characteristics). McKay started with Ferrell on Saturday Night Live and followed him to the big screen, directing one of the actor's most consistently amusing feature endeavors, Anchorman. (Although, to be fair, he was also responsible for Step Brothers.)...The film's first 15 minutes are by far the most fun (and could be the best quarter-hour of any movie released this year), with Samuel L. Jackson and The Rock letting it all hang out. Jackson screams and shouts one-liners the way he hasn't done since all those fu**in' snakes got on the fu**in' plane. Is there anyone better at knowing self-parody than this man? The Rock, meanwhile, channels Arnold Schwarzenegger from Last Action Hero. Once these two are out of the picture, it becomes a lower-key, straightforward action-comedy, but McKay and Ferrell are smart enough to keep the set pieces fresh and diverse. Some, like Terry's befuddlement with Sharon's hotness, are effective, while others, like Sharon's mother playing the go-between, are less likely to provoke laughter. Comedic timing, as in the "Jersey Boys" snippet or the instance when a man tries to fly, is paramount. For the most part, the jokes have punch lines, which is too rarely the case in big-budget comedies...The Ferrell/Wahlberg matching is not among the screen's most inspired pairings. The two lack chemistry, and Wahlberg's capabilities as the "straight man" are dubious (although his reaction to the choice of the Little River Band as "psych music" is priceless). Aside from his recent supporting role in Date Night, Wahlberg hasn't done much comedy, concentrating his performances in the thriller and/or drama arena, and the lack of experience occasionally shows in The Other Guys. Nevertheless, the responsibility for being funny rests on the shoulders of Ferrell and, for the first time in several years, he is up to the task (with more than a little help from Jackson and Johnson).
Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 7
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-times
Review Even though [Adam] McKay is clearly enjoying the opportunity to stage legit car chases and blow things up, he never strays too far from the comedic task at hand, going through one cop-movie cliche after another...The plaintive, soaring alto-sax solo that kicks in after a dramatic moment? Check. The explosion that takes everyone by surprise and sends our heroes flying skyward? Check. The gruff captain who calls the cops into his office and gives them a dressing down? Check. One partner showing up at just the right moment to save the other partner? Check. The Other Guys hits all those overly familiar notes and many more -- but each time with a wickedly satiric spin.
Reviewer Richard Roeper
ReviewRating 8
DVD, Rated PG13, Dolby, Dolby Digital (5.1)
Product Attributes
Video Format DVD
Joe Williams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch The funniest movie of the year.
Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly It's a comedy of manhood for the age of emasculation.
Alex Zane, Sun Online One insanely funny film.
James White, Empire Magazine Skewers the action genre while also finding room for sheer madness.

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