Thursday, August 5, 2010

Hollywood Bites Reviews: The Other Guys

Just when you thought buddy cop movies were as outmoded as Tetris and neon scrunchies, The Other Guys comes along and resuscitates a once dead genre (no thanks to you, Cop Out). Not since the days of Beverly Hills Cop and Lethal Weapon has there been such a seamless melding of action and comedy playing out over a ping pong match of talented leading actors, in this case Will Farrell and Mark Wahlberg.

You know those hard core, kick butt cops who always get their man? Well, Wahlberg and Ferrell are the other guys, two NYPD detectives strapped to their desks, living in the shadow of a duo of super cops (Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Samuel L. Jackson, both in a shining hour). But when they finally get the opportunity to step up to the plate, they find themselves in way over their heads.

Uproariously funny yet stealthily topical, the film, written and directed by Adam McKay (Anchorman, Talladega Nights, Step Brothers) features a superb supporting cast, including Michael Keaton, Bobby Cannavale, Rob Riggle and Steve Coogan, but it’s really Wahlberg and Ferrell’s time to shine as they pay homage to greats like Martin and Lewis and Murtaugh and Riggs. Here’s hoping they’ll continue the grand tradition with multiple sequels as well.

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