The Other Guys (2010)



Critic Consensus: A clever parody of cop-buddy action-comedies, The Other Guys delivers several impressive action set pieces and lots of big laughs, thanks to the assured comic chemistry between Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg.

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A desk-jockey detective and his tough-talking partner get their moment to shine in this buddy police comedy starring Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg, and directed by Adam McKay (Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby). New York City detective Allen Gamble (Ferrell) is more comfortable pushing pencils than busting bad guys. A meticulous forensic accountant, his numbers are never off. Detective Terry Hoitz (Wahlberg) is Gamble's reluctant partner. Try as Detective Hoitz might to get back on the streets, an embarrassing encounter with Derek Jeter has left a sizable black mark on his permanent record. Detectives Danson (Dwayne Johnson) and Highsmith (Samuel L. Jackson) are the complete opposites of Gamble and Hoitz: unwaveringly confident, they always get their man, and they do it with style to spare. When the time comes for Gamble and Hoitz to prove their mettle and save the day, their incompetence becomes the stuff of legend. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
PG-13 (for crude and sexual content, language, violence and some drug material)
Action & Adventure , Comedy
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Will Ferrell
as Det. Allen Gamble
Mark Wahlberg
as Det. Terry Hoitz
Eva Mendes
as Dr. Sheila Gamble
Michael Keaton
as Capt. Gene Mauch
Dwayne Johnson
as Det. Christopher Danson
Samuel L. Jackson
as Det. P.K. Highsmith
Steve Coogan
as David Ershon
Ray Stevenson
as Roger Wesley
Lindsay Sloane
as Francine
Natalie Zea
as Christinith
Rob Riggle
as Martin
Zoe Lister Jones
as Therapist
Adam McKay
as Dirty Mike
Viola Harris
as Mama Ramos
Brooke Shields
as Herself
Anne Heche
as Pamela Boardman
Rosie Perez
as Herself
Derek Jeter
as Himself
Michael Delaney
as Bob Littleford
Michael G. Delaney
as Bob Littleford
Zach Woods
as Douglas
Andy Buckley (II)
as Don Beaman
Rob Huebel
as Officer Watts
Danielle Cell
as Brenda
Brianne Moncrief
as Ershon's Assistant
Oliver Wood
as Captain Salty
Ben Schwartz
as Beaman's Assistant
Jake Quinn
as Precinct Detective #1
Patrick Ferrell
as Precinct Detective #2
Will Lyman
as Frontline Narration
Andrew Secunda
as Press Conference Reporter
Sara Chase
as Press Conference Reporter
Josh Church
as Hot Dog Guy
Alison Becker
as Financial News Anchor
as Narrator
Warren Kelley
as NYSE Official
Sean Heilig
as Therapy Cop
Matthew J. McCarthy
as Therapy Cop
Adam Phillips
as Therapy Cop
Tess Kartel
as Brazilian Woman
Rob Mars
as Wesley's Guard
C.C. Taylor
as Wesley's Guard
Elizabeth Kaledin
as NY1 Reporter
Peter R. Thewes
as Hazmat Officer
Robin Ng
as Waiter
Malachy McCourt
as Old Man at Irish Bar
Barry Carl
as Irish Singer
Benjamin Magnuson
as Irish Singer
Thomas McDonnell III
as Irish Singer
Jimmy O'Donnell
as Irish Singer
Kevin Osborne
as Irish Singer
Pierce Turner
as Irish Singer
James Archie Worley
as Irish Singer
Shakiem Evans
as Dancer
James Mazzola
as Homeless Dude
Patrick Crowley
as Homeless Dude
Tara Copeland
as Police Dispatcher
Eamon Speer
as Ice Cream Man
Patrick Reale
as Beaman Tow Cop
Zak Orth
as Accountant
Pete Antico
as Chechen Rebel
Jamie Dugal
as Schoolgirl
Michael Fawcett
as Minister
Pilar Angelique
as Stunning Woman
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All Critics (198) | Top Critics (38)

The Other Guys is the sort of movie that generates some of its best jokes quietly in the background or as quick-hit throwaway lines, while other terrific gags are defiantly over the top.

Full Review… | January 30, 2011
Miami Herald
Top Critic

This is the fourth feature that Will Ferrell and writer-director Adam McKay have collaborated on, and once again they deliver laugh-out-loud if ultimately disposable comedy with mixed messages about arrested male development.

Full Review… | December 20, 2010
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

There's a wealth of joyously berserk idiot humour, fusing slapstick and satire, surrealism and stream-of-consciousness improv into what could well prove the funniest movie of the year.

Full Review… | September 15, 2010
Time Out
Top Critic

The Other Guys is most authentically itself when it indulges in a free-form but nonetheless highly disciplined silliness that has the effect of dissolving, rather than piquing, whatever worldly anger or frustration you may be harboring.

August 6, 2010
New York Times
Top Critic

As good and fleeting as a street corner popsicle

August 6, 2010
Boxoffice Magazine
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Through it all, Ferrell is as Ferrell does. He's a non sequitur with frizz.

Full Review… | August 6, 2010
Houston Chronicle
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Audience Reviews for The Other Guys


Not the best of buddy cop flicks, but does well enough.

familiar stranger
familiar stranger

Super Reviewer

The premise is quite promising and the first couple of minutes of the film accordingly excellent: Take away the two most flamboyant and kickass cops in town and who will step up to take over the job? Probably some idiots. The chemistry between Ferrell and Wahlberg (just imagining his character may be the same he played in The Departed is fun enough) is great and carries most of the film. Sadly, their case is not all that interesting. Financial villains? Meh. So the last act and showdown fall a bit short and end up being way too conventional. So it's best to watch the most outrageously funny scenes on repeat than rewatch the entire film, I suppose.

Jens S.
Jens S.

Super Reviewer


The duo of Ferrell and Wahlberg entices the screen in this clever and hilarious buddy-cop film. McKay's flick is a comedy, as well as action-filled shoot-out with jokes and bullets flying from end to end. Though the story is partially let down by the slightly strenuous plot and debatable and conclusive intent, Other Guys does well to please its audience. 4.5/5

Eugene Bernabe
Eugene Bernabe

Super Reviewer

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