Wednesday, August 11, 2010
And what do you know, the blind squirrel found an acorn.
Don't get me wrong, The Other Guys will not be a featured film at Cannes, nor will it garner any Academy Award nominations, but it was surprisingly not-terrible. The first half hour alone was funnier than any four other Ferrell movies combined (five if Anchorman is one of them). Wahlberg is excellent in an angry, smoldering counterpoint to Ferrell's well-meaning buffoon, and Ferrell himself avoids (for the most part) over-playing scenes and being an annoying asshole in general. I can't believe I'm writing this, but if we're going to be honest here, he was actually pretty good.
Warning: Spoilers to follow.
As part of the Wahlberg character's backstory, he is constantly being reminded of his greatest career screw up, specifically, shooting Yankee shortstop Derek Jeter in the leg. This earned him the nickname "The Yankee Clipper," and his fellow officers never let him forget it. One great line: "You shoulda shot A-rod!"
So anyway, it seems like Ferrell CAN make a funny movie every so often. While it's not great by any stretch, compared to the rest of the Will Ferrell collection, it's Citizen Kane. Definitely worth seeing.
Oh, one last thing. If you're a fan of Dwayne Johnson or Samuel L. Jackson and are planning to see this movie because they're in it, don't bother. Their total screen time is maybe ten minutes (a funny ten minutes, but then they're gone).