December 13, 2011

December 13, 2011

In My Opinion: The Other Guys

The Other Guys, a buddy cop comedy starring Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg, wasn’t nearly as funny as it wanted to be. Don’t get me wrong: I laughed plenty of times. But many of those laughs were of the “That makes no sense and completely lacks verisimilitude” variety. If you have no problem laughing at people instead of with them, read on.

Ferrell and Wahlberg’s characters are, like, the D-team at the precinct. Ferrell is a former accountant. Wahlberg shot Derek Jeter (long story). So they’re the misfits who never get the good assignments. The other guys, ba DUM bum.

The A-team, played by The Rock and Samuel “L. Yeah” Jackson, nabs the bad guys while crashing cars and demonstrating all-around master cop skillz.

It’s apples and oranges, and never have the oranges looked more pathetic.

Until the A-team’s testosterone gets the better of it and they both (spoiler alert) die during a chase. The D-team, following an accounting-related lead, rises to the occasion magnificently. They even get to have a car chase! In a Prius! (Hey, oranges are still oranges.)

Couple of fun side gags: Ferrell’s character, despite being a sort of adult Napoleon Dynamite, is catnip to hot women. Wahlberg’s character knows ballet. The captain is played by Batman Michael Keaton and works at a Bed, Bath, and Beyond in his spare time. What a hoot, right?

Yet zanier isn’t always better. The ratio of lines that made sense to lines that didn’t was about 2:1. While I’m all in favor of the occasional non sequitir, you can’t try to fit a square peg into a round hole every single time. It’s like people who mistake “raunchy” for “funny.” Our laughter is only masks discomfort at your inability to create actual humor.

The Other Guys may not be the greatest cop movie ever, but it’s an amusing diversion. Plus, the graphics during the closing credits explain things like how a Ponzi scheme works and what TARP did/didn’t do. Brilliant.

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