The Other Guys may not hit a homerun in the comedy department but as someone who hasn’t been the biggest Will Ferrell fan throughout his star-making career, I thought it was funny enough from beginning to end. The DVD itself doesn’t have much to offer in terms of features while the audio and video transfers are adequate when compared against other newer DVD releases.
Genre(s): Comedy, Action, Crime
Sony | PG13/UR – 116 min. – $28.96 | December 14, 2010
Directed by: Adam McKay
Writer(s): Adam McKay & Chris Henchy (written by)
Cast: Will Ferrell, Mark Wahlberg, Eva Mendes, Michael Keaton, Steve Coogan, Ray Stevenson, Samuel L. Jackson, Dwayne Johnson
Theatrical Release Date: August 6, 2010
Features: Featurettes, Deleted/Extended Scenes
Number of Discs: 1
Audio: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Portuguese (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
Video: Widescreen 2.40
Subtitles: English SDH, English, French, Portuguese, Spanish, Hindi
THE MOVIE – 3.75/5
Plot: Misfit NYPD detectives Allen Gamble (WILL FERRELL) and Terry Holtz (MARK WAHLBERG) are sentenced to life behind the desk. They hate each other and the monotony of their meaningless jobs, as they’re forced to live in the shadow of the two biggest and most badass cops on the force (SAMUEL L. JACKSON, DWAYNE JOHNSON). But when those guys go down for the count, opportunity knocks for Gamble and Holtz. Stumbling onto what could be one of the biggest crimes in years, can The Other Guys step up their game to solve the case without killing each other and destroying NYYC in the process?
I’ve never been a particular fan of Will Ferrell outside of Old School and uncredited roles in Wedding Crashers and Starsky & Hutch plus skits playing George W. Bush on “Saturday Night Live”. He’s reteaming with Anchorman and Talladega Nights director Adam McKay and while both of those movies found success both at the box office and with audiences, I would hardly call myself a fan of either film, although Anchorman has its moments, just not a complete comedy. So going into The Other Guys, I didn’t have high hopes yet like most things in life, you can be surprised and this movie certainly did that.
What makes the movie work, like so many other buddy (or for much of this film, enemy) cop movies is the chemistry that develops between the actors and their characters. For instance, I feel that the Lethal Weapon sequels, well, stink story-wise but thanks to Danny Glover and Mel Gibson, you got two actors who worked well together on the screen. Now we get Will Ferrell known for his off-the-wall characters/antics (and they can be quite annoying when taken too far) and Mark Wahlberg whose primarily been a dramatic actor (in fact he’s receiving Oscar buzz with his role in The Fighter), that dynamic helps drive the film and keep it afloat even during the times when the plot tends to meander from one scene to the next.
The supporting cast McKay and company assemble (Ferrell also served as producer) is also pretty good, each providing just enough to allow Ferrell and Wahlberg to do their thing. Eva “Mrs. Movieman” Mendes is still pretty hot (though does not come close to her appearance in The Spirit) while it’s great to see Michael Keaton who doesn’t seem to appear in many Hollywood movies nowadays with his last live action appearance was in 2005 with White Noise and Herbie Fully Loaded (he was in a couple direct-to-video flicks as well as lending his voice talents to Pixar in Toy Story 3 and Cars).
As one would expect, The Other Guys also pokes fun at the buddy-cop action films especially during a great opening sequence which follows a hotshot cop duo played by Samuel L. Jackson and Dwayne Johnson tearing through New York City and, as a reporter later states, causing $12 million in damages all over a misdemeanor pot possession, and yet the city and press loves them for their vigor and ultimate kickass-ness.
Now, some of the jokes don’t exactly land and in one instance isn’t timely such as the case later in the film when Keaton’s character, a stern police captain, makes references to TLC lyrics and when called out on it by Ferrell, has no idea what he’s talking about. Yeah, as a TLC fan it’s kind of funny but the running joke quickly runs out of steam. Outside of that instance, I did laugh at many of the other jokes and even as Ferrell himself who, as I mentioned before, I’ve never found that hilarious as others have.
The Other Guys is a funny action-comedy and while it isn’t entirely consistent from beginning to end, there was more than enough laughs that I can easily recommend the movie for fans and non-fans of Ferrell and his type of comedy.
SPECIAL FEATURES – 1.75/5
This release includes the Extended and Theatrical Versions with the extended version running about 9-minutes longer. This version has some stronger sexual innuendos which probably would’ve brought the film an R-rating, albeit a soft one.
Deleted & Extended Scenes (6:45) – There are five so-so scenes included.
Crash and Burn! (10:06) covers the numerous action scenes and mixing in the comedy into it. In between the comments from members of the cast and crew we get the inside story on how some of the scenes were shot and the influences on them (one example was Beverly Hills Cop).
Bed Bath and Way Beyond (4:06) profiles Michael Keaton and casting him in the role of the police captain. Keaton and McKay talk back and forth about the part and the character’s second job at Bed Bath and Beyond. The featurette also includes some raw film dailies of his scene there.
VIDEO – 3.75/5
The Other Guys is presented with an anamorphic widescreen transfer and a 2.40 aspect ratio. The picture, especially on background objects, tends to show some pixilation while close-ups are a bit clearer. Color tones and black levels both look pretty good as well.
AUDIO – 3.5/5
The Dolby Digital 5.1 track is OK offering up clear dialogue via the center speaker while the rears get some usage during the action scenes.
OVERALL – 3.25/5
Overall, The Other Guys may not hit a homerun in the comedy department but as someone who hasn’t been the biggest Will Ferrell fan throughout his star-making career, I thought it was funny enough from beginning to end. The DVD itself doesn’t have much to offer in terms of features while the audio and video transfers are adequate when compared against other newer DVD releases.
Brian Oliver, The Movieman