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'The Other Guys': a Hidden Gem Cop Duo Film

Brett Nichols

Posted on July 12, 2020 16:10

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A reflection on the 2010 buddy cop film with Mark Wahlberg and Will Farrell.

I have a question for you. Do you find yourself agreeing with Danny Butterman from the 2007 feature film Hot Fuzz that the buddy-cop genre is one of the best out there? Even if not, you must decide that many of the highest-grossing and or acclaimed films fit within the genre–such as the likes of Dirty Harry, Lethal Weapon, Badboys, Badboys II, Beverly Hills Cop, and so many more.

Well, if you are a fan of the buddy cop film, be ready to have your expectations diverted again and again with the buddy cop film that takes the genre and flips it on its head. That film, ladies and gentlemen, is The Other GuysThe Other Guys is first a comedy and somewhat of a parody of the typical genre, as the focus of the film is on two cops, one being a former forensic accountant turned bench-warming office cop (Will Farrell) and the other a cop with a short fuse put on desk duty due to a trigger-happy tirade at a football stadium (Mark Wahlberg). At the beginning of the film, you can tell that the characters go together like water and oil. I even got that feeling at first when seeing Wahlberg and Farrell on the same screen. However, once the movie starts to take off, I found myself very wrong in this regard.

Farrell and Wahlberg are hilarious together; throughout the movie, it seems like they live in peculiar worlds set apart from each other. Wahlberg's world being where when trying to do the right thing, he fails miserably, and when doing the wrong, he dramatically succeeds. Farrell, on the other hand, typically wins in his life without even knowing it. Dorkier than ever, Farrell's character finds himself to be desired by beautiful women throughout the movie. Yet, he doesn't even recognize this and acts like these women (who are actually models in real life) are "average" (in his own words).

The movie is sheer ridiculousness. If you find yourself looking for a movie with a deep story and complex characters, The Other Guys is definitely not for you. But if you had a hard day at work and nothing would make you happier than see a bunch of grown men act like angry 8-year-olds punching people, blowing stuff up, being bribed to see the Jersey Boys in concert, and see Mark Wahlberg "ironically" gracefully dance like a ballerina, this movie may be your ticket out of the Corona blues.

Brett Nichols

Posted on July 12, 2020 16:10

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Source: TVGuide.com

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