The Other Guys is a 2010 American buddy cop action comedy film directed by Adam McKay, who co-wrote it with Chris Henchy. It stars Will Ferrell, Mark Wahlberg, Michael Keaton, Eva Mendes, Steve Coogan, Ray Stevenson, Samuel L. Jackson, and Dwayne Johnson.
This film is the fourth of five collaborations between Ferrell and McKay, following Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004), Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby (2006), and Step Brothers (2008), and followed by Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (2013). The Other Guys is the only one not to be co-written by Ferrell. It is also the first of three collaborations between Ferrell and Wahlberg, who later reunited in Daddy's Home (2015) and Daddy's Home 2 (2017).
The film was released in the United States on August 6, 2010. It was well received by critics and grossed $170 million worldwide.
Plot[edit | edit source]
Allen Gamble and Terry Hoitz are both detectives of the New York City Police Department (NYPD). Allen is a mild-mannered forensic accountant while Terry is a hot-tempered detective who has been partnered with Allen ever since he mistakenly shot Derek Jeter during the World Series, earning him the nickname "Yankee Clipper". They receive no respect from the other officers, particularly detectives Martin and Fosse. All but Terry idolize cocky detectives Chris Danson and P. K. Highsmith, who are considered New York City's best policemen even though they frequently cause millions of dollars in property damage catching petty criminals. During a pursuit, Danson and Highsmith leap to their deaths after attempting to "aim for the bushes", which causes the precinct to wonder why they did it and who will take their place.
Allen and Terry investigate a scaffolding permit violation by multi-billionaire Sir David Ershon but wind up uncovering a much bigger plot by Ershon to cover the losses incurred by his client Lendl Global. Lendl CEO Pamela Boardman has hired a team of mercenaries led by Roger Wesley to make sure Ershon pays her back.
Terry and Allen go to Allen's house to talk through the case and have dinner. Terry develops a slight crush on Allen's wife Sheila, while not believing she is truly with Allen because of her beauty. When they visit Allen's ex-girlfriend, Christinith, to gain their police evidence, she and her husband wants him to have sex with her. Meanwhile, Terry unsuccessfully attempts to reconnect with his ex-fiancée Francine, who had walked out on him due to his furious attitude. During their investigation, Allen confides in Terry about how he ran a college dating service in his past, though he denies that he was ever a pimp. He stopped the service because he was deep into his dark alternative personality, "Gator" and wound up in the hospital, where he meets Sheila. When Sheila tells Allen that she is pregnant, he reverts to his dark personality, which causes her to kick him out of their house.
Their investigation comes to a halt when Ershon's attorney, Don Beaman, learns of Ershon's plan to cover his losses, leading Wesley to kill him and make it look like a suicide. Angered at their lack of progress, Capt. Gene Mauch splits up Allen and Terry, sending Terry to traffic duty and Allen to beat patrol. Despite Terry's anger, Allen still works the case on his own. After Allen learns that Danson and Highsmith died investigating a staged theft during which Wesley broke into an accounting firm next door, he finds credible evidence and earns his gun back from Mauch. Allen then convinces Terry to rejoin him. They meet Capt. Mauch at Bed Bath & Beyond, his second job, where the police captain admits he has been holding off on the case because Ershon has high-profile connections that could ruin him, and he allows them to finish the case off-the-books.
They go to an investment meeting Ershon is having and realize that the $32 billion Ershon seeks is really coming from the NYPD pension fund. They escape with Ershon to his private apartment, and Ershon tells them that the money for the pension fund is already in his account, ready to be transferred. Later that night, Allen and Terry finally reconcile with their loved ones. Allen apologizes to Sheila with her mother as a secret communication system and so she welcomes her husband back in. Terry also apologizes to Francine for letting his anger rule his life.
The next morning, they drive to the bank to stop the transfer, evading Wesley's team, groups of Chechen and Nigerian investors to whom Ershon owes money, and police officers who are told Allen and Terry have gone rogue. They reach the bank and halt the transfer. Wesley arrives, and as a delaying tactic, shoots both officers and Ershon in their arms. Mauch finally arrives with police backup, rescuing the two and arresting Ershon for his embezzlement, and Wesley for multiple counts of murder. Ershon's arrest leads to a stock market crash and the subsequent federal bailout of Lendl Global. Terry marries Francine, and Allen reunites with his wife. The narrator finishes off by stating that the true heroes are the everyday people who work to make a difference, not the ones who appear in the newspaper or on TV.
Cast[edit | edit source]
- Will Ferrell as Detective Allen "Gator" Gamble
- Mark Wahlberg as Detective Terry Hoitz
- Eva Mendes as Dr. Sheila Ramos Gamble
- Michael Keaton as Captain Gene Mauch
- Steve Coogan as Sir David Ershon
- Ray Stevenson as Roger Wesley
- Samuel L. Jackson as Detective P.K. Highsmith
- Dwayne Johnson as Detective Christopher Danson
- Lindsay Sloane as Francine
- Natalie Zea as Christinith
- Rob Riggle as Detective Evan Martin
- Damon Wayans Jr. as Detective Fosse
- Viola Harris as Mama Ramos
- Rob Huebel as Officer Watts
- Brett Gelman as Hal
- Bobby Cannavale as Jimmy
- Andy Buckley as Don Beaman
- Ben Schwartz as Beaman's Assistant
- Adam McKay as Dirty Mike
- Zach Woods as Douglas
- Chris Gethard as Clerk
- Zoe Lister-Jones as Therapist
- Michael Delaney as Bob Littleford
- Tess Kartel as Brazilian woman
- Anne Heche as Pamela Boardman (uncredited)
- Ice-T as Narrator (voice) (uncredited)
- Horatio Sanz as gallery owner
- Thomas Middleditch as gallery attendee
- Derek Jeter as himself
- Brooke Shields as herself
- Rosie Perez as herself
- Tracy Morgan as himself
- Monty Sopp as Kip James (uncredited)
- Brian James as BG James (uncredited)
Production[edit | edit source]
McKay described the genesis as an "accident, in a way", stemming from a dinner he and Ferrell had with Wahlberg. After noticing the actors' chemistry, McKay wrote producer Kevin Messick an email hypothesizing a possible film starring the two, giving a cop film as an example of what he thought would work. Messik suggested developing that idea into a film.
Practical visual effects work, including the helicopter crash scene, was done by KernerFX.(citation needed)
Release[edit | edit source]
In July 2010, Wahlberg and Ferrell appeared at the San Diego Comic-Con International to promote the film.(citation needed)
During an episode of Big Brother, the house guests competed in a luxury challenge to see an advance screening of the film. Although they weren't actually in the house, both Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg made an on-screen video appearance.Template:Issue
During the August 4, 2010 episode of America's Got Talent, the week's contestants saw an advance screening of the film and got to meet both Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg.
During the week leading up to the release date, the film was promoted on TruTV programs, specifically The Smoking Gun Presents: World's Dumbest.... During the Season 2 premier for the MTV reality series Jersey Shore on July 29, 2010, special segments were shown during the commercial breaks of the show's cast broken down on a highway, discussing several movies, as part of a promotional tie-in; with The Other Guys being one of them.
Reception[edit | edit source]
Box office[edit | edit source]
In its first day of release, The Other Guys grossed $13.1 million, placing first for Friday. It had a large opening weekend take of $35.5 million, placing it at #1 for the weekend of August 6–8, 2010, unseating Inception. The film ended up grossing $119.2 million in North America and $51.7 million in other territories, making for a worldwide total of $170.9 million.
Critical reception[edit | edit source]
On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 78% based on 205 reviews, with an average rating of 6.7/10. The site's critical consensus reads: "A clever parody of cop-buddy action-comedies, The Other Guys delivers several impressive action set pieces and lots of big laughs, thanks to the assured comic chemistry between Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg." On Metacritic, the film was assigned a weighted average score of 64 out of 100, based on 35 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews". Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "B–" on an A+ to F scale.
The film was praised as "a highly entertaining movie filled with witty dialogue and over-the-top action." Peter Travers of Rolling Stone praised the film, saying, "Don't let anyone spoil the wildly hilarious surprises. Ferrell and Wahlberg will double your fun. Guaranteed." Some critics praised The Other Guys as the best police film of the year, comparing the film to the critically panned Cop Out, with Richard Roeper stating, "Note to Kevin Smith: THIS is how you do a spoof of the buddy-cop genre," and Stephen Whitty of The Star-Ledger said in his mixed review, "Measured against this year's other police farce—remember Cop Out?—it looks absolutely heroic."
Accolades[edit | edit source]
|List of awards and nominations|
|Year||Award||Category||Recipient(s) and nominee(s)||Result|
|2011||Comedy Awards||Best Comedy Film||The Other Guys||Won|
|Best Comedy Actor—Film||Will Ferrell||Nominated|
|Best Comedy Director—Film||Adam McKay||Nominated|
|2011 Teen Choice Awards||Choice Movie—Comedy||The Other Guys||Nominated|
|Choice Movie Actor—Comedy||Will Ferrell||Nominated|
|Choice Movie Actress—Comedy||Eva Mendes||Nominated|
|Choice Movie Chemistry||Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg||Nominated|
|Choice Movie Hissy Fit||Mark Wahlberg||Nominated|
See also[edit | edit source]
Videos[edit | edit source]
Trailers[edit | edit source]
References[edit | edit source]
- The Other Guys (2010). AFI Catalog of Feature Films.
- THE OTHER GUYS (12A). British Board of Film Classification (2010-07-22).
- Fritz, Ben (August 9, 2010). 'The Other Guys' buddies up to No. 1 in box office. Los Angeles Times.
- The Other Guys. Box Office Mojo. Internet Movie Database.
- The Other Guys (2010). The Numbers.
- "The Other Guys", ReelzChannel.
- Interview: The Other Guys Director Adam McKay.
- Adam McKay interview: The Other Guys, action comedy, Michael Moore and Will Ferrell.
- "The Other Guys", ComingSoon.
- "The Other Guys", Current.
- Barnes, Steve. "Albany streets to close for 'Other Guys' movie", September 19, 2009.
- Thomlison, Adam. TV Q & A. TV Media.
- Friday Report: 'Other Guys' in Active Duty, 'Inception' Hangs On, Box Office Mojo
- The Other Guys.
- The Other Guys Reviews.
- Find CinemaScore (Type "Other Guys" in the search box). CinemaScore.
- Miller, James (2011-01-17) The Other Guys Tells It Like It Is, Mises Institute
- Peter Travers (2010-08-04). Rolling Stone Review. Rollingstone.com.
- Richard Roeper Review. Richardroeper.com.
- Macall Polay (2010-08-06). The Other Guys Review. Nj.com.
- Comedy Awards hail Letterman, Fey and 'South Park'. Baker City Herald (2011-03-26).[dead link]