MOVIE REVIEW: Comedy trumps action in ‘The Other Guys’

Most people don’t think of Will Ferrell as an action star.
And they have no reason to change that assessment after the cop movie, “The Other Guys.”
Lucky for viewers, Ferrell’s reputation as a funny man remains intact.
He plays Allen Gamble, a police accountant who’s happy to let other cops handle the high-profile cases.
On the other hand, his partner, Terry Hoitz (Mark Wahlberg), wants to be out on the streets busting bad guys and blowing things up.
When the department’s star cops (Samuel L. Jackson and Dwayne Johnson) end up out of commission, it’s Gamble and Hoitz’s chance to shine, if Hoitz can avoid killing Gamble.
Our bad guy, David Ershon, is a charming weasel of a man played by Steve Coogan. Ershon has bilked people out of billions of dollars, but Coogan manages to make him likable. That’s quite a trick in these days of Wall Street shenanigans.
Michael Keaton adds to the atmosphere as the captain, and Rob Riggle and Damon Wayans Jr. are solid as testosterone-laden cops who constantly give Gamble and Hoitz a hard time.
In addition, Eva Mendes plays Gamble’s wife, and it’s a union that puzzles Hoitz throughout the movie. Rounding out the ensemble is Ice-T, who doesn’t appear in the film but adds a “Law and Order” feel with his narration.
Not all of the jokes find their mark and the story goes from goofy to surreal at times, but the two leads play off each other well. Wahlberg is known more for his dramatic work, but he displays solid comedic skills here.
The movie ends abruptly. I guess I’m used to more prolonged showdowns in cop movies. To be honest, the resolution is funny, which is probably what the filmmakers had in mind.
If you need a laugh, “The Other Guys” will provide. I give it a B plus.
It’s showing at Malcos in Tupelo, Oxford, Corinth and Columbus, Hollywood Premier Cinemas in Starkville and Movie Reel 4 in New Albany.

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Kelli Karlson with Wizard 106.7 gives “The Other Guys” a B. “I didn’t expect to love it, but I liked it.”

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