12 March 2011

The Other Guys (2010)

P.K. Highsmith: Did someone call 9-1-holy shit!'

Man, oh man did I love this movie.  From the opening narration (done by Ice-T) to the adventures of Highsmith (Samuel L. Jackson) and Danson (Dwayne Johnson) this movie delivered.

And then we got to the other guys (see what I did there?)

In short, Highsmith and Danson meet an...epic end, and there is a void to be filled in the NYPD.  Who but to fill this void but Gamble (Will Ferrell) and Hoitz (Mark Wahlberg)?  Gamble is a forensic accountant who gets on the track of some shad scaffolding permits, and leads him to an embezzlement scheme where the target is the police pension funds.  His partner Hoitz (who once shot a famous person) is less than enthusiastic about this plan.  Major Payne Damon Waynes also stars as a fellow cop and Bruce Wayne Michael Keaton plays their captain...who also works at Bed, Bath and Beyond.

Anyway... oh, did I mention that Eva Mendes plays Gamble's wife?  That gets played out for a couple of good laughs.

Lets see, what else...Oh!  There were two henchmen that I am certain were meant as a nod to Sammy Jacksons character from Pulp Ficton and Uma Thurman's character from the same movie.

While overall a very funny and entertaining movie, the end credits left me with possibly a different take on the movies message.  The end credits are played over slides of information showing how CEOs and banks have tons of money and such.  Given that the movie focuses on taking down a huge investor, is the director trying to send a message about the state of banks in America?  I doubt it, but it does make one pause and re think the movie.

I give this 4/5 desk pops.


  1. Nice review....I could not get enough of Samuel Jackson and the Rock as partners....I could watch a whole movie with those characters. I need to watch this again as it was definitely an underrated comedy!

  2. Lol, Leanda and I were saying the same thing about Samuel Jackson and the Rock last night. That would be one prequel I'd watch!

    'Aim for the bushes!'