August 6, 2010, - 7:02 pm

Weekend Box Office: “The Other Guys”

By Debbie Schlussel

If you liked “Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy,” you’ll definitely like “The Other Guys,” starring Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg. But it is far more raunchy, and I’m more than shocked by the PG-13 rating, given a lot of the explicit sex references and language.


While I could have done without that stuff, I enjoyed the many laughs. At times, it’s simply hilarious. At other times, the jokes are corny, too vulgar, and/or go on too long like a “Saturday Night Live” skit. But it’s got everything: comedy, lots of great lines, lots of action, a crime story, cops, guns, shooting, and a hot chick (Eva Mendes as Ferrell’s wife).

I could have done without the movie’s anti-capitalist message, as the chief villain is a Bernie Madoff figure (Steve Coogan), whom we first see when he’s speaking at the “Center for American Capitalism.” And there’s the fact that attempted murderer and thug Mark Wahlberg is one of the movie’s stars.  But I loved the non-stop rips on the Prius driven by Ferrell’s character, including this, after the Prius was stolen:

We found the Red Prius. It’s trying to vote for Ralph Nader.

And this exchange:

Mark Wahlberg [riding shotgun in the Prius]: What is this?

Will Ferrell: It’s my car. It’s a Prius.

Wahlberg: I feel like we’re literally driving around in a vagina.

The story: two hotshot cops (Duane Johnson a/k/a “The Rock” and Samuel L. Jackson) are always the heroes in the NYPD precinct. They always get the action and the girls. And the kudos. But then they die. Two other cops, sentenced for desk duty, are “the other guys.” Ferrell is stuck there because he’s a forensic accountant, who doesn’t need the action. Wahlberg is stuck there because, as a rising star detective, he accidentally mistook New York Yankee Derek Jeter for a criminal and shot him in the knee. So all of New York hates him. But when the two hotshots die, Ferrell and Wahlberg long to fill their shoes, and they get their chance when they arrest the Madoff-like character for “awning violations” on his building.

Not a great movie, but much better than I expected. Like I said, a lot of funny, but a lot of unnecessary raunch, too. NOT for kids or the prudish.


Watch the Trailer . . .

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17 Responses

Dear Debbie: You may want to go back over this review. You made a reference to an actor named Jackie Coogan (line 9). Just to let you know, the actor Jackie Coogan died back in 1984 & IMDB does not list anyone even close to that name in the cast list. Just thought you might want to know.

M: I meant Steve Coogan. Fixed. Thanks. DS

Mark on August 6, 2010 at 11:04 pm

Is Steve Coogan close enough?
He is listed there, just click on “more” or go here:

ender on August 6, 2010 at 11:14 pm

Hey Debs, there’s 4 movie thumbnails below the trailer and one of them is Mel Gibson’s Edge of Darkness. What’s up with that?

Norman Blitzer on August 7, 2010 at 12:19 am

I hated The Other Guys, a stupid, predictable, clumsily written hit job on conservatives which includes crude, populist jabs at banking, CEO salaries, Justice Scalia, “macho” cops, American boosterism and American “excess.” There are a few humorously zany bits, but they are essentially ruined because previewed in the trailers. A good argument for the movie’s crass hypocrisy is stated by Kyle Smith writing in the New York Post (google). As the end credits roll, a mass of statistics and bar graphs are pretentiously presented to “prove” to us that large corporations are cleverly out to exploit us.

A large number of apparent jokes are targeted at the Will Ferrell character’s Prius and feminized beta-male personality, but all with the intention of eventually showing him to be superior to everyone else. “Good police work means the whole community pitching in and helping, not having police round the bad guys up,” he prissily states, and we laugh because he’s so fastidiously anti-masculine; then through the movie we see he gets all the “hot” women, has the elegant home, that men join singing with him at the bar and that he’s actually almost a kind of superman in his talents and therefore supposedly right in all his tastes and opinions–including the “funny” car.

Writer Adam McCay and Ferrell work together as a team in all their hitjobs against conservatives, which is what makes their comedies so obnoxious.

My vote for most mean-spirited scene is when the corporate attorney is depressed and about to jump and Will Ferrell entices him into killing himself. Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha!!

If possible, the new Rob Reiner film Flipped is an even more blatant slam against conservatives (this time against suburban dwellers in the fifties who liked neat lawns). The film is draped in slick, syrupy, slimy nostalgia, probably so viewers won’t much mind or notice the sledgehammer the writer-director wields.

Burke on August 7, 2010 at 1:55 am

    i didnt tink of it that way..if this movie is to attack conservatives Then i dont like it Now

    RICH on August 11, 2010 at 6:36 pm

Sounds like the kind of film I would experience as psychic torture. And Mark Wahlberg makes my skin crawl.

roger on August 7, 2010 at 4:05 am

Not a big fan of Farrel any more. He’s another sell out libtard that is against the conservative American. He appeared in a commercial spouting some b.s. and I boycotted him. Like B.P. NOT FOR THE SPILL but for playing a key part in the releasing of the Lockerbie Bomber. And giving so much to the B.O. Campaign.

Joe on August 7, 2010 at 10:40 am

Walburg always did suck. Marky mark or whatever he calls his self.

Joe on August 7, 2010 at 10:41 am

I guess I’d rather finish Burmese Nights by Orwell. (I have a book with all his novels. Quite heavy.)

Thanks for the info on Walhberg, which was news to me. What a disgusting creature. He is now on a long list of actors that I will not watch (which includes Depp, by the way).

skzion on August 7, 2010 at 11:36 am

Will Ferrell is the guy that everyone knows in not in the least bit funny but feel that they have to say how hilarious he is because if they don’t they will be perceived as stupid by their fellow Libs. Almost like saying Obama is a Genius (only for actually getting elected, other than that he is a moron). In the future people will look back on Ferrell and scratch their heads wondering why he was able to make so many movies.

Bob on August 8, 2010 at 4:53 pm

Debbie, Did you remove a half Reagan from your Other Guys review? I could have sworn that on Friday you gave it 1.5 Reagans. I agree more with the single Reagan review.

I caught the movie Saturday afternoon and I echo Debbie’s review for the most part. Some parts are very funny and others just go on too long to where you think enough already. Also lots of sexual innuendo for a PG13 flick. There were plenty of pre-teens in the theater when I saw it, but then, modern day parents don’t really care.

I think the line involving the Prius would have been funnier if it referenced Al Gore: We found the Red Prius. It’s trying to vote for Al Gore.

Oscar on August 8, 2010 at 5:40 pm

Is there a movie featuring any of the SNL alumni that really stands out among real movies? One that goes toe to toe with the real classics? One that even comes close?
Nah, didn’t think so.
Will Ferrell was pretty funny on the show, but the movies, eh…not so much.
Adam Sandler is my LEAST favorite SNL actor, BTW.
On the show and his movies…lame…

theShadow on August 9, 2010 at 1:33 am

I think Will Ferell wishes he could be Leslie Nelson…

…nope, not even in his wildest…

theShadow on August 9, 2010 at 1:40 am

Not a Ferrell fan. He reminds me of my first grade classmates who thought they were funny, but were only stupid.

burt on August 9, 2010 at 10:54 am

you obviously don’t get the fact the movie was actually lifting up the Prius, just like it lifted up “the other guys” as the actual heroes of the movie.

Harry on August 10, 2010 at 1:21 am

Ms. Schlussel:

The people blasting the Prius are just nothing but a bunch of morons who are in love with their big gas-guzzling muscle car (Chevy Camaro, Dodge Charger) and need to blast this one because it isn’t the popular car that they would like it to be. Maybe if the Camaro and the Charger both had hybrid models, we’d be seeing celebrities and everybody else who drives a Prius (most ordinary people) love them. But they don’t (especially the Charger with that infamous Super Bowl commercial) so the Prius gets love. The film makers are full of it too for ragging on the car, and as such, I’m afraid that this movie isn’t at the top of my viewing list.

Fantomex22 on May 24, 2011 at 9:39 am

You are all dumb how did the conversation go from the other guys to the actors view on politics? Why does everyone have to be a whining Butch on the internet

ryanfair on July 24, 2013 at 4:09 pm

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