Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Blind Squirrel Finds Acorn

Last weekend, against my better judgment, I went to see the latest Will Ferrell movie, a spoof of cop films entitled The Other Guys.  I entered the theater with very low expectations due to the fact that every other movie that Ferrell's been in has, for lack of a better term, sucked giant sweaty hippopotamus testicles.  But since the previews for The Other Guys contained a few laughs, and the supporting cast of Mark Wahlberg, Samuel L. Jackson and Dwayne Johnson looked promising, I decided to throw caution to the wind and check it out.

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.

By far the funniest scene was when Ferrell takes Wahlberg to his house to meet his wife, played by the ridiculously hot Eva Mendes.  Eva enters the living room, and Ferrell introduces her to Wahlberg saying, "Yeah, this is Sylvia, the ball and chain.  Forgive her for her sloppy appearance."  Mendes was wearing a low-cut dress that was absolutely stunning, but Ferrell keeps criticizing her appearance, her cooking, everything about her.  Wahlberg is flabbergasted.  "No, seriously, who is she?" he asks, refusing to believe that this knockout could possibly be married to his idiot partner.  The scene goes on, with Wahlberg continuing to ask, "C'mon, really.  Who is she?"  I can't really do it justice in written form, but Wahlberg is absolutely hysterical in his disbelief.

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).


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Mariann Simms said...

I agree with you on Ferrell's movie ability there, Chris. I haven't seen this one - but saw a partial clip of the scene you're talking about and, yeah, Wahlberg is quite good in his role.

I have to admit, I did enjoy Ferrell in "Stranger Than Fiction" - but it wasn't a typical vehicle for him, either.

J.J. said...

I've only seen him in 1 movie - Stranger Than Fiction. I wasn't expecting much (it's Will, after all) but it was surprisingly good.

Speaking of...a cousin asked what I thought of her boyfriend.

Me: He looks like Will Ferrell.
She: Thanks!!!
Me: That wasn't a compliment.

CatLadyLarew said...

Perhaps I'll have to see this after all. Thanks for the recommendation, Chris.

Suldog said...

You can't kid me! I must have done inadvertently done something to piss you off, and now you're trying to get me to see a Will Ferrell movie as revenge. I'm not falling for it.

Suldog said...

Perhaps using 'done' twice in one sentence is what I did to piss you off...

Heff said...

Wait - Will Ferrell plays a well-meaning buffoon ?


Eva Gallant said...

I hated most of his movies, but I did like The Wedding Crashers. I have been wanting to see this one.

ReformingGeek said...

Sounds like a possible Netflix/Rental option.

Yeah, Will usually isn't funny.

corticoWhat said...

Worst movie of all time......"Bewitched."

Jeff said...

Will Ferrell has pretty much gone into Jim Carrey territory for me. They're talented, no doubt, but I've just kind of lost interest.

Of course, if either of them were to read this, they'd think: "Jeff WHO?"

Yeah, I know my place.

screwdestiny said...

I just saw this tonight and thought it was hilarious! I, too, had reservations because of Ferrell being in it, but it wasn't really his typical brand of comedy, and so that's what made it great. I also liked the overlying message about bailouts for big corporations.

Jenn Flynn-Shon said...

Well as a person who actually enjoys a few Ferrell movies now and then this sounds like a winner! Plus I agree on Wahlberg, he's a completely underrated actor most of the time. You know, since he's a guy originally from Boston that Yankees joke was tailor made for him right? lol I'll add this to the Netflix queue, thanks!

MikeWJ at Too Many Mornings said...

What is it with you and me doing the same sort of posts at roughly the same time?

I liked the movie, too, but I thought the funniest scene was of The Rock and Jackson jumping to the rescue. 'Nuff said.

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