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The Other Guys
Theatrical release poster
Directed byAdam McKay
Written by
Produced by
CinematographyOliver Wood
Edited byBrent White
Music byJon Brion
Distributed bySony Pictures Releasing[1]
Release dates
  • August 2, 2010 (2010-08-02) (New York City)
  • August 6, 2010 (2010-08-06) (United States)
Running time
107 minutes[2]
CountryUnited States[1]
Budget$85–100 million[3][4]
Box office$170.9 million[5]

The Other Guys is a 2010 American buddy cop action comedy film directed by Adam McKay, who co-wrote it with Chris Henchy. It stars Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg with Eva Mendes, Michael Keaton, Steve Coogan, Ray Stevenson, Samuel L. Jackson and Dwayne Johnson in supporting roles.[6]

This film is the fourth of five collaborations 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 followed by Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (2013). The Other Guys is the only one not to be co-written by Ferrell. It is also the first of three collaborations between Ferrell and Wahlberg, who later reunited in Daddy's Home (2015) and Daddy's Home 2 (2017).

The film was released in the United States on August 6, 2010. It was well received by critics[3] and grossed $170 million worldwide.


Allen Gamble and Terry Hoitz are both officers of the New York City Police Department (NYPD). Allen is a mild-mannered forensic accountant while Terry is a hot-tempered detective who was partnered with Allen after mistakenly shooting Derek Jeter during the World Series (and earning him the nickname "Yankee Clipper"). They receive no respect from the other officers, particularly detectives Martin and Fosse. The precinct, except for Terry, idolizes detectives Chris Danson and P. K. Highsmith, who are considered New York City's best policemen despite the major collateral damage they cause catching petty criminals. During a pursuit, they leap to their deaths, believing they would land safely after surviving many near-death experiences.

Allen and Terry investigate a scaffolding permit violation by British multi-billionaire Sir David Ershon but wind up uncovering a much bigger plot by Ershon to cover the losses incurred by his client, Lendl Global. Lendl CEO Pamela Boardman has hired a team of mercenaries led by Roger Wesley to make sure Ershon pays her back.

Terry and Allen go to Allen's house to talk through the case and have dinner with Allen's wife Sheila. When they visit Allen's ex-girlfriend, Christinith, to gain their police evidence, she and her husband want him to have sex with her. Meanwhile, Terry unsuccessfully attempts to reconnect with his ex-fiancée Francine, who had walked out on him due to his anger issues.

During their investigation, Allen and Terry are wounded due to an unsuccessful attempt at scaring them off via the bombing of an accounting office when they come in to investigate it. Allen confides in Terry about how he ran a prostitution ring in college, though he insists that he was never a pimp. He stopped because he was deep into his dark alternative personality, "Gator", and wound up in the hospital, where he met Sheila. When Sheila tells Allen she is pregnant, he reverts to his Gator personality, causing her to kick him out.

Their investigation comes to a halt when Ershon's attorney, Don Beaman, learns of Ershon's plan to cover his losses, leading Wesley to kill him and make it look like suicide. Angered at their lack of progress, Captain Gene Mauch splits up the partners, sending Terry to traffic duty and Allen to beat patrol.

Despite Terry's anger, Allen still works the case on his own. After he learns that Danson and Highsmith died investigating a staged theft during which Wesley broke into an accounting firm next door, he finds credible evidence and earns his gun back from Mauch. Allen then convinces Terry to rejoin him. They meet Mauch at Bed Bath & Beyond, his second job, where he admits he has been holding off on the case because Ershon has high-profile connections that could ruin him, so 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 NYPD pension fund. They escape with Ershon to his private apartment, and he tells them that the money from the pension fund is already in his account, ready to be transferred. Later that night, Allen and Terry finally reconcile with their loved ones. Allen apologizes to Sheila using her mother as an intermediary and she welcomes him back in. Terry also 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. Reaching the bank, they halt the transfer. Wesley arrives and, as a delaying tactic, shoots both officers and Ershon in their arms. Mauch finally arrives with backup, rescuing them and arresting Ershon for embezzlement, and Wesley for multiple counts of murder. Ershon's arrest led to a stock market crash and the subsequent federal bailout of Lendl Global. Terry marries Francine, and Allen reunites with his wife.


  • Will Ferrell as Detective Allen "Gator" Gamble, a mild mannered detective and Hoitz's partner
  • Mark Wahlberg as Detective Terry Hoitz, Gamble's partner who is hated by the precinct due to shooting Derek Jeter, having done so under the belief he was a assailant
  • Eva Mendes as Dr. Sheila Ramos Gamble, Gamble's wife and a nurse
  • Michael Keaton as Captain Gene Mauch, the precinct's chief of police who also works at Bed, Bath, and Beyond
  • Steve Coogan as Sir David Ershon, a British billionaire
  • Ray Stevenson as Roger Wesley, Boardman's head of security and a mercenary, sent by her to monitor Ershon's activities
  • Samuel L. Jackson as Detective P.K. Highsmith, a cocky, well-liked detective who causes property damage while pursuing cases
  • Dwayne Johnson as Detective Christopher Danson, Highsmith's partner
  • Lindsay Sloane as Francine, Hoitz's ex-fiance
  • Natalie Zea as Christinith, Gamble's ex girlfriend
  • Rob Riggle as Detective Evan Martin, a detective who constantly picks on Hoitz and Gamble
  • Damon Wayans Jr. as Detective Fosse, Martin's partner who also picks on Hoitz and Gamble
  • Viola Harris as Mama Ramos, Shelia's mother
  • Rob Huebel as Officer Watts, a officer in the NYPD
  • Brett Gelman as Hal, Christinith's husband
  • Bobby Cannavale as Jimmy, a detective who picks on Hoitz and Gamble
  • Andy Buckley as Don Beaman, Ershon's attorney
  • Ben Schwartz as Beaman's Assistant
  • Adam McKay as Dirty Mike, a homeless man who trashed Gamble's car after it was stolen
  • Zach Woods as Douglas, an employee in Ershon's company
  • Chris Gethard as Clerk
  • Zoe Lister-Jones as Therapist
  • Michael Delaney as Bob Littleford
  • Tess Kartel as Brazilian woman


McKay described the genesis as an "accident, in a way",[7] stemming from a dinner he and Ferrell had with Wahlberg. After noticing the actors' chemistry,[8] McKay wrote producer Kevin Messick an email hypothesizing a possible film starring the two, giving a cop film as an example of what he thought would work. Messick suggested developing that idea into a film.[7]

Principal photography for the film began on September 23, 2009, in New York City.[9][10] Additional scenes were filmed in Albany and Staten Island, New York.[11]

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

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.[12]


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

In July 2010, Wahlberg and Ferrell appeared at the San Diego Comic-Con International to promote the film.[13]

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.[volume & issue needed]

During the August 4, 2010, episode of America's Got Talent, the week's contestants saw an advance screening of the film and met Ferrell and Wahlberg.

Ferrell and Wahlberg also made a cameo appearance on an episode of WWE Raw to promote the film.[volume & issue needed]

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.[citation needed]


Box office

In its first day of release, The Other Guys grossed $13.1 million, placing first for Friday.[14] It had a large opening weekend take of $35.5 million, placing it at #1 for the weekend of August 6–8, 2010, unseating Inception.[3] The film ended up grossing $119.2 million in North America and $51.7 million in other territories, making for a worldwide total of $170.9 million.[4]

Critical reception

On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 78% based on 205 reviews, with an average rating of 6.7/10. The site's critical consensus reads: "A clever parody of cop-buddy action-comedies, The Other Guys delivers several impressive action set pieces and lots of big laughs, thanks to the assured comic chemistry between Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg."[15] On Metacritic, the film was assigned a weighted average score of 64 out of 100, based on 35 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[16] Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "B−" on an A+ to F scale.[17]

The film was praised as "a highly entertaining movie filled with witty dialogue and over-the-top action."[18] 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."[19] 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,"[20] 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."[21]

The Other Guys also received the "Best Comedy Film" award for 2010 at the first annual Comedy Awards.[22]


List of awards and nominations
Year Award Category Recipient(s) and nominee(s) Result
2011 Comedy Awards Best Comedy Film The Other Guys Won
Best Comedy Actor—Film Will Ferrell Nominated
Best Comedy Director—Film Adam McKay Nominated
2011 Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie—Comedy The Other Guys 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

See also


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  6. ^ "The Other Guys". ReelzChannel. Archived from the original on November 7, 2010. Retrieved June 10, 2010.
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  11. ^ Barnes, Steve (September 19, 2009). "Albany streets to close for 'Other Guys' movie".
  12. ^ Thomlison, Adam. "TV Q & A". TV Media. Retrieved September 2, 2013.
  13. ^ "COMIC-CON 2010: Mark Wahlberg, Will Ferrell, Eva Mendes take on the fanboys". Los Angeles Times. July 24, 2010. Retrieved March 14, 2023.
  14. ^ Friday Report: 'Other Guys' in Active Duty, 'Inception' Hangs On, Box Office Mojo
  15. ^ "The Other Guys". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved July 6, 2020.
  16. ^ "The Other Guys Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved February 20, 2020.
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  18. ^ Miller, James (January 17, 2011) The Other Guys Tells It Like It Is, Mises Institute
  19. ^ Peter Travers (August 4, 2010). "Rolling Stone Review". Archived from the original on August 6, 2010. Retrieved September 26, 2010.
  20. ^ "Richard Roeper Review". Retrieved September 26, 2010.
  21. ^ Macall Polay (August 6, 2010). "The Other Guys Review". Retrieved September 26, 2010.
  22. ^ "Comedy Awards hail Letterman, Fey and 'South Park'". Baker City Herald. March 26, 2011. Retrieved March 28, 2011.[permanent dead link]

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