REVIEW: THE OTHER GUYS
OVERVIEW: Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg are armed and dangerously funny in the year’s #1 action comedy THE OTHER GUYS, available on Unrated Blu-ray Combo Pack, Unrated Single Disc Blu-ray and Unrated DVD & Theatrical Cut DVD this December 14th from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. Funnyman Will Ferrell re-teams with director Adam McKay (Talladega Nights, Step Brothers) and partners onscreen with Mark Wahlberg (Date Night, The Departed) for this hilarious tale of misfit detectives who finally get the chance to step out from behind their desks and into the line of fire. Featuring humorous supporting turns from Eva Mendes (Hitch, Training Day), Michael Keaton (Batman, Out of Sight), Daman Wayans Jr. (Dance Flick, “Def Comedy Jam”) and Rob Riggle (The Hangover), THE OTHER GUYS suits up for even more gut-busting fun on Unrated Blu-ray and DVD, featuring an Unrated film version with footage too outrageous for theatres, plus the behind-the-scenes featurettes “Crash and Burn!” and “Bed Bath and Way Beyond.”
SYNOPSIS: NYPD Detectives Christopher Danson (Johnson) and P.K. (Jackson) are the baddest and most beloved cops in New York City. They don't get tattoos - other men get tattoos of them. Two desks over and one back, sit Detectives Allen Gamble (Ferrell) and Terry Hoitz (Wahlberg). You've seen them in the background of photos of Danson and Highsmith, out of focus and eyes closed. They're not heroes - they're "the Other Guys." But every cop has his or her day and soon Gamble and Hoitz stumble into a seemingly innocuous case no other detective wants to touch that could turn into New York City's biggest crime. It's the opportunity of their lives, but do these guys have the right stuff?
FILM REVIEW: You have to enjoy silly slapstick humor in order to enjoy watching this movie. That pretty much sums it up so the review is over . . . thank you for your time. No, just kidding, a little more can be said about this comedy. It seems that with Will Ferrell, it’s usually a hit or miss kind of situation. Movies like Semi-Pro and Blades of Glory were weak while Anchorman and Elf were excellent. You have some borderline ones with Talladega Nights and Step Brothers for example, but they don’t really leave a lasting impression. So when the news got out about this film, my initial reaction was “oh no, here we go again”. I was really expecting a disappointment but what I found was a much better amount of hard laughs. The LOLs were a plenty in the theater that night and I was impressed. The comedy excelled with its fresh one-liners and a pinch of over the top humor. It was good, crazy, silly fun with a hint of action. It doesn’t hurt at all to have the cast that it has. Names like Samuel Jackson, Dwayne Johnson, Michael
Keaton, Eva Mendes and of course Mark Wahlberg make this movie that much more appealing. Seeing Anne Heche in the film was a real shocker, but pleasant. She is looking pretty good. Unfortunately her role was very small. Eva really lights up the big screen and her performance will put a smile on your face. She handled her comedy well. It was good to see Michael Keaton in action again and he did a great job with his role. After all, his roots lie in the comedy field. Mark Wahlberg on the other hand was unsettling. He did a good job, don’t get me wrong, but its just plain odd to see him act this way. He is perfect for a cop role, and his character’s anger management issues fit him perfectly too, but some of his quirky, comical moments were weird and almost uncomfortable. However, teaming him up with Will was a brilliant choice in order to complete the odd couple feel of these two characters.
The storyline for this film is practically irrelevant. It is mostly shadowed by the performances and the comedy. In this case, it doesn’t matter that much. So why should you give this next Ferrell comedy a chance, you ask? Most of his comedies are slapstick or what might be considered today as “stupid” humor. Well in the world of stupid humor you have very funny, quality stupid humor and you have your actually stupid, stupid humor. Some of Ferrell’s movies have some really stupid humor where this one is quality stuff. That made all the difference and makes this movie a little more worthwhile. It also helps that the director from some of Will’s better movies (Anchorman, Talladega Nights, Step Brothers), Adam McKay, also directed this one. And the roll continues.
By Cine Marcos
DVD: The film is presented in widescreen with a
2.40:1 aspect ration preserving its theatrical
format. Looks clean images without any types of color
saturation. No evident issue in the many night scenes. Sony Pictures Home Entertainment has done it
again with this transfer. Not only the picture looks
good in this version of the film, also the sound it is
good. A Dolby Digital English and French 5.1
providing a nice complement to the picture. It also includes
English, Spanish and French.
Anamorphic Widescreen (2.40:1)
Digital 5.1 Surround - French and English
Subtitles - English- Spanish French
Both Theatrical and Unrated film versions
Deleted & Extended Scenes
Crash and Burn! Featurette
Bed Bath and Way Beyond
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