I would say Will Ferrell‘s unique brand of humour is a combination of randomness, awkwardness and absolute stupidity. When it works (and it sometimes does), it really works. But when it doesn’t, it’s just tedious and unfunny.
In my opinion, The Other Guys is both the best and worst of Will Ferrell. There are times when the film is genuinely hilarious, reminiscent of Ferrell at his best (think Anchorman), but when the jokes fall flat, there’s just no nice way to say it — it sucked. Thankfully, I think the good outweighed the bad in this one by a not insignificant margin. And that makes The Other Guys one of Will Ferrell’s better films.
The Other Guys is a buddy/cop comedy, what you could probably call a ‘spoof’. Will Ferrell plays Allen Gamble, a ‘forensic accountant’ in the police department. His partner is Terry Holtz (Mark Wahlberg) a highly capable detective who is stuck with Gamble due to an unfortunate incident 7 years ago that made him lose all credibility (it’s a ripper). Together, they are the ‘other guys’ to the supercops in the department, played by Samuel L Jackson and Dwayne Johnson (ie the Rock).
Ferrell, as expected, was perfect for the role of the socially retarded Allen Gamble, but Mark Wahlberg was surprisingly good as his straight-faced partner. Though they have personalities at opposite ends of the scale, the two characters have an authentic chemistry that provides plenty of laughs.
As usual, the trailers revealed way too many of the best jokes in the film — and the one thing with Will Ferrell’s comedy is that it’s never as good the second time around. That said, there were still a number of random and bizarre but comically successful scenes that will no doubt please Ferrell fans. As a bonus, the action sequences were quite decent too. Unfortunately, as is often the case, many jokes (including some of the best ones) were milked way too far. Let it go! At times it was like beating a dead horse. It was the most frustrating thing with an otherwise fairly good comedy.
2.5 stars out of 5