Redeeming Features: “The Other Guys”

Welcome to Redeeming Features. The blog where I (poorly) review movies that are underappreciated, underrated or under the radar, in hopes of convincing you to give them a second chance. The Other Guys“Whoa! What’s this!? Two Redeeming Features in one week?! It must be my lucky day!” said you, maybe?

If not, that’s fine; but this IS the second RF this week. Figured since I missed last week, I outta write my wrong and do two. That, and I was specifically asked to by my boss. Or at least, I think he’s my boss? Hey! Jason! Are you my boss? Better yet, are you my Mother!?

Paternity tests aside, this week we’re loading up a movie that I’ve wanted to do for a while now, but honestly just wasn’t sure how people would react. In my personal opinion it’s funny, but was tragically overlooked and undercut because of its mere stupidity. And rightfully so; this movie is dumb; so so dumb. But in a weird way, its stupidity is what makes it a fun watch. One that makes you say, “Huh… that wasn’t half bad! We should watch it again next year!”

I’m talking about The Other Guys, an overtly silly action cop parody about two buddy cops who are anything but. They spend the whole movie doing everything except draw their weapons on each other. Well, until one of ‘em actually does, that is. And yes, that doesn’t make sense and would definitely never happen. But if you go into this movie fully aware that it has every intention of leaning head-on into absurdity, then you’re in for a good time. I mean, the opening scene involves Samuel L. Jackson and The Rock jumping off a 50-story building, hoping to aim for a vegetable stand to break their fall. And it does break their fall, and also their necks. And they die. Immediately. Leaving space forrrrr… The Other Guys.

The Other Guys in The Other Guys are played by none other than Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg. And both do a phenomenal job of doing what they do best: being total morons. Gamble (Ferrell) is an even-tempered, desk jocky who probably blows on his soup when it’s too hot. Also he thinks soup is an actual meal. Hoitz (Wahlberg) plays a run and gun, balls to the wall, wild Tasmanian devil detective who hits one “unlucky” streak after accidentally shooting Derek Jeter. The two make an amazing(ly terrible) pair, and play off each other in the best (worst) ways possible and getting each other into the worst (best) situations possible.

Quickly, they tumble and rumble their way into the office of David Ershon (Steve Coogan), a Wall Street tycoon who Gamble is convinced has gone crooked. And while he may very well be right, Hoitz doesn’t wanna have any part in this tax fraud bullshit. He wants the big car chases, the gunfire, the coke fueled hobo orgies… and boy does he get ‘em. While attempting to pin down Ershon, the two get caught up in a nonsensical series of “look over here’s” and misdirects. They hot rod Gamble’s Prius all over town trying to get dirty on this scum, but their bad (at being a) cop methods always end up getting them on the receiving end of their Captain’s (Michael Keaton) hilarious ass reaming tactics. One of which involves inadvertently quoting TLC songs. What can I say, boy don’t want No Scrubs on his force.

Much like Gamble’s aforementioned Prius, The Other Guys cruises along nicely, making stops along the way for plenty of all-too-familiar, Ferrell-fueled line-o-ramas and Wahlberg’s incessant probing about Gamble’s insanely hot wife (Eva Mendez). On screen, the two make for a lot of fun and despite this being Ferrell’s wheelhouse, Wahlberg totally holds his own. I would even go as far to say he’s a much better comedic actor than he is serious. Ahhhhh, I’m just busting your balls, Markie – say hi to your mother for me.

TL; DR – Two mismatched New York City detectives seize an opportunity to step up – but until they learn to work together, they’ll continuously take inadvertent steps back.

Cody Tidmore is a Level Three sketch student at DCH. He’s been watching movies for as long as he can remember. Seeing it all – the good, the bad, even the ugly. And when it comes to annoyingly working movie quotes into regular conversation, he’s the reel deal.