The Other Guys


The Other Guys

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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

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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
Natalie Zea
as Christinith
Rob Riggle
as Martin
Adam McKay
as Dirty Mike
Viola Harris
as Mama Ramos
Anne Heche
as Pamela Boardman
Rosie Perez
as Herself
Derek Jeter
as Himself
Michael Delaney
as Bob Littleford
Zach Woods
as Douglas
Michael G. Delaney
as Bob Littleford
Rob Huebel
as Officer Watts
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
as Narrator
Alison Becker
as Financial News Anchor
Warren Kelley
as NYSE Official
Sean Heilig
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
Jimmy O'Donnell
as Irish Singer
Kevin Osborne
as Irish Singer
Pierce Turner
as Irish Singer
James Archie Worley
as Irish Singer
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
Pilar Angelique
as Stunning Woman
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  • 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.

    Jan 31, 2011 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Dec 20, 2010 | Full Review…
  • The Other Guys has surprisingly energetic action sequences, shoot'em-ups and car chases, and even a bit of a whodunit plot...

    Sep 22, 2010 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • McKay and co-writer Dave Henchy keep on pumping out gags; their movie often looks like a 107-minute comedy sketch, and I laughed throughout.

    Sep 16, 2010 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…
  • A forgettable addition to the McKay canon.

    Sep 16, 2010 | Rating: 2/5
  • 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.

    Sep 15, 2010 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Other Guys


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

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familiar stranger

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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


Allen Gamble: I can't hear! I can't hear! There's blood blisters on my hands! Oh, my God! How do you walk away in a movie without flinching when it explodes behind them? There's no way! I call bullshit on that! When they flew the Millennium Falcon outside of the Death Star, and it was followed by the explosion, that was bullshit.  "NY's finest were busy" I've become a bigger and bigger fan of The Other Guys with every additional viewing. The first time I watched it, I liked it, but didn't care for the overacting. As I've watched it more though, I find that the overacting by every person involved makes it funnier than it should be. There's a lot of stupid dialogue that works perfectly because of the crazy performances of Farrell and Wahlberg. Also, Michael Keaton may be the funniest aspect of the movie. It's the most fun I've ever had watching Keaton. He's given better, serious performances, but as far as having fun watching him; this is his best. Two New York detectives, Gamble and Hoitz are the laughing stock of the police department. One, Gamble(played by Will Farrell) never leaves his desk. The other, Hoitz(Mark Wahlberg), has promise as a detective, but his career slowed down after he accidentally shot Derek Jeter. When the two heroes of the police department die in the line of duty, Hoitz tries to fill their shoes and he needs Gamble to leave his desk and actually go do police work. When they finally get out there, they stumble on a huge case. The only problem is, no one takes them seriously. As far as a comedy goes, this one works for a variety of reasons. The makers went for a silly as possible comedy; something that makes sense, seeing as it's another McKay, Farrell collaboration. Silly works when you give the right actors the right dialogue, and in The Other Guys case, both are present. The supporting cast also make for some of the funniest and best scenes in the movie. That just adds a whole new element to the movie; when you don't need you're lead characters to spout out all the jokes. Overall, this is a very good comedy. There's some hiccups here and there, but as a whole, it's extremely funny and entertaining. If you don't like Farrell though, this one probably won't change your mind on the guy. In fact, his performance here may be up there with his craziest. In my opinion though, this is one of the better movies he's done lately. Him and Wahlberg's chemistry is amazing and reminds of the chemistry he has with John C. Reilly. 

Melvin White
Melvin White

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