The Other Guys

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The Other Guys
Other guys poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Adam McKay
Produced by Adam McKay
Will Ferrell
Jimmy Miller
Patrick Crowley
Written by Adam McKay
Chris Henchy
Narrated by Ice-T
Starring Will Ferrell
Mark Wahlberg
Music by Jon Brion
Cinematography Oliver Wood
Editing by Brent White
Studio Gary Sanchez Productions
Mosaic Media Group
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Release dates
  • August 6, 2010 (2010-08-06)
Running time 107 minutes [1]
116 minutes (Unrated cut)
Country United States
Language English
Budget $100 million[2]
Box office $222,914,481[3]

The Other Guys is a 2010 action comedy film directed and co-written by Adam McKay, starring Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg, and featuring Dwayne Johnson, Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Keaton, Eva Mendes, Steve Coogan, and Ray Stevenson.[4]

This film is the fourth collaboration between Ferrell and McKay, following Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004), Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby (2006), and Step Brothers (2008), and the only one not to be co-written by Ferrell.

Plot[edit]

Detective Allen Gamble (Will Ferrell) is a mild-mannered forensic accountant. Hot-tempered detective Terry Hoitz (Mark Wahlberg) has been stuck with Allen as his partner ever since he mistakenly shot Derek Jeter during the World Series. Allen and Terry often receive no respect from the other officers, particularly detectives Martin and Fosse (Rob Riggle, Damon Wayans, Jr.). Allen and all the policemen at the precinct (except Terry) idolize cocky detectives Chris Danson and P.K. Highsmith (Dwayne Johnson, Samuel L. Jackson), who are considered the city's best policemen even though they frequently cause millions of dollars in property damage catching petty criminals. During a pursuit of a group of jewelry robbers, Danson and Highsmith leap to their deaths after agreeing to "aim for the bushes" twenty stories below them (there were no bushes), leaving almost everyone wondering why they did it - and who's next to take their place.

Allen and Terry begin to investigate a scaffolding permit violation by multi-billionaire David Ershon (Steve Coogan), but wind up uncovering a much bigger plot by Ershon to cover his losses to his client Lendl Global. Lendl CEO Pamela Boardman (Anne Heche) hires a team of mercenaries led by Roger Wesley (Ray Stevenson) to make sure Ershon pays her back, and to make sure no one stops him from doing so. During their investigation, Allen confides in Terry about his college life running a dating service under the guise of "Gator," adamantly refuting Terry's accusation that he was a pimp. When his life spiraled out of control, he was sent to the hospital where he met his future wife Sheila (Eva Mendes), and he promised Sheila that he would never get out of control again. However, when having dinner one night with Sheila, she tells Allen that she's pregnant, causing Allen's old dark personality to re-emerge and she kicks him out of the house. Meanwhile, Terry tries and fails to reconnect with his ex-fiance Francine (Lindsay Sloane), who walked out on him due to his reckless behavior.

Their investigation comes to a halt when Ershon's attorney Don Beaman (Andy Buckley) learns of his plan to cover his losses, leading Wesley to kill him and make it look like a suicide. Angered at their lack of progress, Capt. Gene Mauch (Michael Keaton) splits up Allen and Terry, sending Terry to traffic duty and Allen to beat patrol. Despite Terry's anger at him and his personal life, Allen still tries to solve the crime on his own and after learning that the jewelry robbery that Danson and Highsmith died over was staged so that Wesley and his team could break into an accounting firm next door, he finally gets credible evidence and earns his gun back from Mauch. Allen then convinces Terry to rejoin him. They meet Capt. Mauch at Bed Bath & Beyond, his second job, where the police captain admits he has been holding off on the case because Ershon has high-profile connections that could ruin him, and he allows them to finish the case off-the-books.

They go to an investment meeting Ershon is having and realize that the $32 billion Ershon seeks is really coming from the New York Police Department pension fund. They escape with Ershon to his private apartment, and Ershon tells them that the money for the pension fund is already in his account, ready to be transferred. That night, Allen and Terry finally reconcile with their loved ones. Allen professes his full love for Sheila. Sheila welcomes her husband back, and Terry apologizes to Francine for letting his anger rule his life.

The next morning, they drive to the bank to stop the transfer, evading Wesley's team, groups of Chechen and Nigerian investors to whom Ershon owes money, and police officers who are told Allen and Terry have gone rogue. They reach the bank and halt the transfer. Wesley arrives and as a delaying tactic, shoots both officers and Ershon in their arms. Mauch finally arrives with police backup, rescuing the two and arresting Ershon for his embezzlement, and Wesley for multiple counts of murder. Ershon's arrest leads to a stock market crash and the subsequent federal bailout of Lendl Global. Terry gets married to Francine, and although he asked Sheila to be his best man, she declined. Sheila is happily back with her husband. The narrator finishes off stating that the true heroes are the everyday people who work to make a difference, not the ones who appear in the newspaper or on TV.

Cast[edit]

Cameos

Production[edit]

The end credits are accompanied by a series of visual displays of the magnitudes, methods, and principal actors of various licit and illicit financial doings of the financial crisis, such as the Bernie Madoff Ponzi scheme, Goldman Sachs, AIG or the Troubled Asset Relief Program.

Principal photography for the film began on September 23, 2009 in New York City,[5][6] with additional scenes filmed in Albany and Staten Island, New York.[7]

Practical visual effects work, including the helicopter crash scene, was done by KernerFX.[8]

Stunt coordinator Brad Martin said in a Wall Street Journal interview that for Gamble's car they used three Priuses, including one with a racing engine so large it had to go in the back seat.[9]

Promotion[edit]

Mark Wahlberg and Will Ferrell promoting The Other Guys at San Diego Comic-Con International, July 2010

In July 2010, both Wahlberg and Ferrell appeared at the San Diego Comic-Con International to promote their film.

During an episode of Big Brother, the house guests competed in a luxury challenge to see an advance screening of the film. Although they weren't actually in the house, both Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg made an on-screen video appearance.

During the August 4, 2010 episode of America's Got Talent, the week's contestants saw an advance screening of the film and got to meet both Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg.

Ferrell and Wahlberg also made a cameo appearance on an episode of WWE Raw to promote the film.

During the week leading up to the release date, the film was promoted on TruTV programs, specifically The Smoking Gun Presents: World's Dumbest.... During the Season 2 premier for the MTV reality series Jersey Shore on July 29, 2010, special segments were shown during the commercial breaks of the show's cast broken down on a highway, discussing several movies, as part of a promotional tie-in; with The Other Guys being one of them.

They appeared in on screen advertising on broadcast sports events like MLB and NASCAR.

Reception[edit]

Box office[edit]

In its first day of release, The Other Guys grossed $13,124,233, placing first for Friday.[10] It had a large opening weekend take of $35,543,162, placing it at #1 for the weekend of August 6–8, 2010, unseating Inception.[11] The film ended up grossing $119,219,978 in North America and $51,212,949 internationally, making for a total $222,914,481.[2]

Critical response[edit]

The Other Guys received positive reviews from critics, garnering a 78% "Certified Fresh" rating from critics on review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes the consensus being "While not the best collaboration between Will Ferrell and Adam Mckay, The Other Guys delivers bursts of comedy during a summer devoid of laughs."[12] It has been called "a highly entertaining movie filled with witty dialogue and over-the-top action."[13] Peter Travers of Rolling Stone praised the film, saying, "Don't let anyone spoil the wildly hilarious surprises. Ferrell and Wahlberg will double your fun. Guaranteed."[14] Some critics praised The Other Guys as the best police film of the year, comparing the film to the critically panned Cop Out, with Richard Roeper stating, "Note to Kevin Smith: THIS is how you do a spoof of the buddy-cop genre,"[15] and Stephen Whitty of The Star-Ledger said in his mixed review, "Measured against this year's other police farce -- remember Cop Out? -- it looks absolutely heroic."[16]

The film has also been praised as "a brilliant demonstration of the kind of corruption inherent to our present financial markets."[13] "[T]he incredibly close relationship Wall Street has with federal-government regulators" is "a subject interwoven throughout the film."[13] Critics have noted that "the aspect of big business and government regulators in cahoots with each other dominates as a constant theme," and that "[f]or a comedy movie, The Other Guys is a shining example of the kind of problems that plague our current financial system."[13]

The Other Guys also received the "Best Comedy Film" award for 2010 at the first annual Comedy Awards.[17]

Accolades[edit]

2010 Comedy Awards

  • Best Comedy Film (won)
  • Best Comedy Actor Film - Will Ferrell (nominated)
  • Best Comedy Director Film - Adam McKay (nominated)

2011 Teen Choice Awards

  • Choice Movie-Comedy (nominated)
  • Choice Movie Actor-Comedy - Will Ferrell (nominated)
  • Choice Movie Actress-Comedy - Eva Mendes (nominated)
  • Choice Movie Chemistry - Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg (nominated)
  • Choice Movie Hissy Fit - Mark Wahlberg (nominated)

Sequel[edit]

In the extended DVD edition, the film concludes with a second cameo appearance by Jeter, disguised as a homeless man, who hands Terry and Allen a manilla folder containing details on "their next case," providing a set-up for a sequel.[18] Director Adam McKay stated in an interview with MTV that if the film does a good job at the box office and a fanbase grows, then a sequel could be possible.[19]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "THE OTHER GUYS (12A)". British Board of Film Classification. 2010-07-22. Retrieved 2012-01-16. 
  2. ^ a b "The Other Guys". Box Office Mojo. Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 2010-08-07. 
  3. ^ "The Other Guys (2010)". The Numbers. Retrieved 2013-12-29. 
  4. ^ "The Other Guys". ReelzChannel. Retrieved June 10, 2010. 
  5. ^ "The Other Guys". ComingSoon. Retrieved June 10, 2010. 
  6. ^ "The Other Guys". Current. Retrieved June 10, 2010. 
  7. ^ Barnes, Steve (September 19, 2009). "Albany streets to close for 'Other Guys' movie". 
  8. ^ "The Other Guys". IMDB. Retrieved Feb 11, 2010. 
  9. ^ Thomlison, Adam. "TV Q & A". TV Media. Retrieved Sep 2, 2013. 
  10. ^ Friday Report: 'Other Guys' in Active Duty, 'Inception' Hangs On, Box Office Mojo
  11. ^ Fritz, Ben (August 9, 2010). "'The Other Guys' buddies up to No. 1 in box office". Los Angeles Times. 
  12. ^ "The Other Guys". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 2011-03-28. 
  13. ^ a b c d Miller, James (2011-01-17) The Other Guys Tells It Like It Is, Mises Institute
  14. ^ by:  Peter Travers (2010-08-04). "Rolling Stone Review". Rollingstone.com. Retrieved 2010-09-26. 
  15. ^ "Richard Roeper Review". Richardroeper.com. Retrieved 2010-09-26. 
  16. ^ Macall Polay (2010-08-06). "The Other Guys Review". Nj.com. Retrieved 2010-09-26. 
  17. ^ "Comedy Awards hail Letterman, Fey and 'South Park'". Baker City Herald. 2011-03-26. Retrieved 2011-03-28. 
  18. ^ http://nymag.com/daily/sports/2010/08/the_other_guys_mercilessly_cut.html
  19. ^ "Adam McKay Talks 'The Other Guys' Sequel, Wooing Mark Wahlberg... And Daughter Pearl's Acting Career". Retrieved June 9, 2011. 

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