Starring:
Will Ferrell (“Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy”, “Step Brothers”)
Mark Wahlberg (“Boogie Nights”, “Rock Star”)

Directed By: Adam McKay ((“Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy”, “Step Brothers”)

Rating: 6.5 out of 10
Recommendation: Watch/Rent

There’s great cops known for their daring heroics, regular cops who spend their time looking up to and trying to become great cops and then, there’s the other guys.  Two detectives, Ferrell and Wahlberg, have been stuck behind their desks; looked down upon by the rest of the department.  When they suddenly find the chance to break out and become great cops, they only find themselves hitting self-erected roadblocks.

This was a constant chuckle-fest, not a laugh riot, but just a steady stream of mindless jokes and absurdities that keeps you amused.  This was fairly comparable to many of Ferrell’s prior comedies, but with one major difference: instead of being the usual loud-mouthed, obnoxious idiot blaring with arrogance, in The Other Guys he plays a buttoned-down, conservative, ultra-naive simpleton.  It’s his naivety that gets the better of him and makes the comedic action work.  Wahlberg does pretty well too, playing the straight man all too well to all of Ferrell’s idiosyncrasies.  The story itself seems to jump around trying to entangle a mystery into the comedy.  It did however sport a pretty impressive cast: Eva Mendes, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Keaton, Steve Coogan, Anne Heche, Rob Riggle, Damon Wayans Jr., Bobby Cannavale and Ray Stevenson.  There has to be some appeal to the film though; even on a Monday night, although the film was showing every hour, the theater was near capacity.  And if it weren’t for the fact that random members of the audience sporadically laughed throughout the film, I would have just sort of liked the film.  Therefore, only watch this if you’re with a large crowd or rent once it comes out on DVD – I seriously doubt Blu-ray would even be a slight decision on this one.