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MOVIE REVIEW: The Other Guys

Will Ferrell is a cop shooting blanks

The Other Guys: Rates a D.
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Don’t be fooled by the commercials. This movie isn’t funny. The clips show a few funny scenes – Will Ferrell doesn’t remember the Miranda Warning and says, “anything you say can and will be used…as a floatation device.”

It probably made you smile just reading that. You won’t smile much during this horrible comedy.

They introduce us to all the characters in an interesting and fun 15 minutes that start the film. Dwayne Johnson (the “artist” formerly known as The Rock) and Samuel Jackson are the kind of heroic, shoot-em-up cops you see in cliché action pictures.

The other guys, are the ones that shuffle paperwork and are relegated to desk duty (Mark Wahlberg for a great bit in which he accidentally shoots someone; I can’t ruin it, because it’s a great cameo).

Michael Keaton was a great choice as the police captain, and there’s a funny scene when he’s arguing with his officers as they all whisper during the “shouting” match (it’s at a funeral).

There’s a continuous gag where Ferrell calls Keaton by his first name (Gene) instead of “Captain.” That was done in a better, funnier movie – Biloxi Blues (with Christopher Walken and Matthew Broderick).

And on the subject of funnier movies that cover these same type of jokes – in the 1990s, Mike Myers gave us So I Married an Axe Murderer – which was one of the most underrated comedies ever. They have jokes inside a police station (with Alan Arkin given more humorous lines than Keaton is in this).

Mark Wahlberg isn’t completely wasted as the straight man. He has a few funny scenes, and an interesting ballet dance.

Steve Coogan, who was fun to see in Tropic Thunder, plays a white-collar criminal, who doesn’t have a single funny scene.

I’ve always liked the Little River Band’s hit “Reminiscing” and it would be funny that Ferrell plays this in his car, when Wahlberg would rather hear music that could pump him up.

But how many comedies have used that joke? Heck, even a serious film used that (Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead).

On David Letterman the other night, Ferrell said he felt, “strongly about this movie.” He also apologized for Land of the Lost. Well, he better prepare another apology.

Writer/director Adam McKay and Ferrell have had success in previous endeavors (Anchorman, Step Brothers, and the FunnyorDie Web site). I’m not sure why either of them thought this worked.

I guess someone could say, “This movie is great if you’re a fan of Will Ferrell. Uh, okay. I’m not really sure what that means. All he ever does is play this same character. Who would be a fan of that?

I have to admit, I couldn’t stop laughing when he played that character in Step Brothers. That hardly makes me a fan of it.

I wasn’t a fan of Jim Carey’s brand of humor after seeing Ace Ventura, and he’s hit it out of the park with so many other diverse performances -- as Andy Kaufman in Man on the Moon, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, and The Truman Show, to name a few.

Dumb cops are always fun on film. I thought I’d hate Hot Fuzz a few years ago, and I enjoyed it. I didn’t like The Three Stooges, but enjoyed the Keystone Cops.

And the worst thing I can say about this film is – the dumb cop/parody film Cop Out from last year, is actually funnier.

The funniest part of this movie was when the screening ended, they gave out rape whistles.

I’m giving this a D.