Adam McKay likes casting Will Ferrell as his lead as he also has in Anchorman and Stepbrothers. Not only does McKay like casting the same guy as his lead, but he also likes making movie that are definitely targeted for men. The Other Guys has something about the characters though that makes you cheer for the underdog, though these guys usually aren’t even people we would want to be our friends, so why you find the other guys to be the guys that you want to be on the side of is something else.
Terry Hoitz and Allen Gamble are a mismatched pair, but they must deal with it as they are the outcasts of their detective department. Both of them don’t quite live up to the top of the standards that other cops in the office have shown. There chance finally arrives to prove themselves when they begin an investigation on capitalist, David Ershon. The pair don’t really do a good job in their start to fill the shoes of the previous of the officers that they looked up to.
What makes the movie good is watching how the characters eventually come out. At first the characters are highly dislikable, but seeing them grow throughout the movie also helps the viewers find them more likable. Will Ferrell before this movie was finding some of his movies to be sinkers such as Land of the Lost and Semi-Pro, but with this movie he seems to have revived some his comedic abilities, and being that guy who is sort of weird, but somehow endearing. Mark Walberg seems like a guy who would play Terry, so as far as living up to the expectation of this guy he does.
Eva Mendes doesn’t really add much to the film except to give the men something more to add as far as comedy, and something to look at. Her comedic add to the movie did bounce well from Allen as his wife, Dr. Sheila Gamble, but there isn’t much really to her character. Michael Keaton as Captain Gene Mauch seem to provide many of the funny moments. For some reason Keaton seems to have the most established as far as being this tough guy, serious actor, and to see him in this role as a guy who could be that, but is ultimately sort of a push over who has a soft side makes him funny.
The film relies on a lot of humor that will appeal to guys, and some women, but it depends on what type of humor you have. It relies on a lot sort of borderline offensive comedy to get the person to watching. What the guys are investigating gets a tad confusing too, and that doesn’t even really seem the main point of the story. The main seems to be these guys becoming men, and mainly stepping up to be guys the women they are seeing can be proud of. Most of all, the movie shoots for laughs. Every bit of it is driven to do that instead.
Adam McKay has directed a couple of popular comedies that at least seem to have a bit of a following, but he hasn’t been one of those guys like Judd Apatow you just know the name of. He seems to like the branch of men he appeals to, and he sticks with that formula. You might get a few laughs out of that one, and an overall satisfying ending.
Rating 4 of 5.