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The Other Guys

When the top cops are busy... our only hope is... The Other Guys 

Year: 2010 
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Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 (XWide) 
Certificate: BBFC 12A Cert – Under 12s admitted only with an adult 
Subtitles: This film is not expected to be subtitled, though this cannot be guaranteed. 
Directed by Adam McKay 
Starring: Will Ferrell, Mark Wahlberg, Eva Mendes, Steve Coogan  
An image from The Other Guys

Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg are a couple of lowly pen pushers in the New York police force who are continually sidelined by the loud and brash achievements of the department’s star players, Samuel L. Jackson and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. The case that allows the “Other Guys” to push their way into the limelight concerns the corruption of malign businessman Steve Coogan, but the complications of the plot are not as important as the high level of comedy that this film manages to retain throughout.

The film has the energy of an extended comedy sketch, combining satire, slapstick and the surreal. As expected, the comedy is in good hands with Will Ferrell, but the real surprises here are the actors who match his comedy with similar skill. Wahlberg is far funnier than he has been for several years, and Eva Mendes happily sends herself up in her role as Ferrell’s unfeasibly attractive wife. This film puts a refreshing twist on the tired old conventions of buddy movies, and a few critics have already begun to describe this as one of the funniest films of the year.

Shoshana Eilon

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