The Other Guys (2010)

A police odd-couple action comedy film that see’s Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg team up as one of the strangest couples you’ll possibly meet.

A film that is highly entertaining but also strangely forgettable at the same time. What makes it so good and what makes it forgettable?

I guess the answer to the question what makes it so good is the comedy aspect. It is played really well the whole film.

For a start the strange coupling of Detective Allen Gamble and Detective Terry Hoitz is a masterpiece. Even more so when you have Ferrell as the accountant sex God Gamble and Hoitz as the loud mouthed angry Hoitz. A bit of a role reversal for both and the calmer and less in your face character of Gamble is a breath of fresh air when it comes to Ferrell.

The two end up in some strange situations, like a silent fight in the middle of a wake followed by being told off in whispers by their police Captain Gene Mauch (Michael Keaton), the big explosion that sends them flying and realistically in pain instead of getting straight up and walking away and of course any scene with Gambles “plain” wife Sheila (played by the extremely not plain Eva Mendes.)

A real satire on the genre of police/action movies where the action heroes die in the opening act and we get the accountant and the guy who always gets things wrong for the rest of the movie.

It was forgettable because the plot was weak, the actual story was neither here nor there so it doesn’t stick in your mind. After seeing it you just simply don’t care about the plot therefore when you think about what you want to watch it never pops up in your mind. The story is for these two “other guys” to solve the mystery surrounding Sir David Ershon (Steve Coogan) and the mystery takes a few turns but generally ends up not being important or mattering.

It doesn’t matter in the long run though as the story isn’t what you end up watching it for.

It is the careful way it plays with the genre that works. Think Johnny English but instead of secret agents its just normal police officers. Added to that the bizarre story of Gamble, literally his whole story is totally against what his character looks like or would be. The quiet desk guy who doesn’t like confrontation. In actual fact the ex-pimp who wants to be a desk guy so that he doesn’t become his alter ego “Gator” ever again.

You never get bored though. It is a fun journey even if it actually doesn’t make much sense.

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