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But the end credits… I could NOT believe the studio signed off on tacking something like this to the end of a comedy. If this had been at the end of Oliver Stone’s upcoming Wall Street 2 I wouldn’t have batted an eye, and it would have been very appropriate. But you’d think with a comedy they want people to walk out laughing and happy to recommend it to others – this will leave people walking out most likely angry, regardless of whether one is on the Left or the Right (for different reasons, I would think).
Oh, they try to salvage a final laugh with an after the credits scene with Wahlberg and Ferrell, but the joke isn’t funny – even less so with the mood that what came before puts people in.
It’s one of the most bizarre and illogical choices in a film that I’ve ever seen.
I could not agree more. I basically enjoyed The Other Guys, but the ending credits were just straight up weird.
I spoke a little bit about this in my review. Put very succinctly here.
Review: The Other Guys
Two big screen action comedy buddy-cop send ups were coming out this year. The Other Guys and Cop Out. Speaking honestly, I thought Cop Out was going to be great. Even though Other Guys was from Adam McKay and Will Ferrell and featured an all star cast, Cop Out was based on a blacklist script (originally titled A Couple of Dicks), starred Tracy Morgan and was being directed by Kevin Smith. How wrong I was. Cop Out ended up a dud. Understand then my skepticism going into The Other Guys. Could it succeed where others had failed?
Yes, yes it could. The Other Guys is Adam McKay and Will Ferrell’s best comedy since Talladega Nights, it’s also they’re most grown up comedy. The situations, jokes, characters, and action all work together very nicely. It’s laugh-per-minute ratio is high, but there are still big pay off moments. I’m not going to go into any details on jokes or plot because they’re best experienced unspoiled. There are some highly unexpected moments, that are riotously funny in a way only McKay and Ferrell’s movies can be. Mark Wahlberg and Ferrell play off each other well, with comedic timing and dynamic so practiced you’d think they had been a comedy duo for years.
While it has its surreal aspects, The Other Guys is based in reality. More so than their past work, and it lends a great believability and resonance to the movie. Shooting on location was another bonus for this film, all of which shot in New York at the real life places. Maybe it’s my vicinity to the action but New York really shines in this movie and gives the film another added level of respectability. The amount of on location that was done is unbelievable.
There’s some neat technical creativity as well that takes it to another level. A drunken night in a bar is shot all in frozen, 3D stills as the camera moves through. It’s hard to explain but very cool to witness, certainly a “how’d-they-do-that?” moment. Not something typical of an over-the-top Will Ferrell comedy.
The third act drags a bit, while you wait for the action to resolve. The climax doesn’t have the proper emphasis that it should, and the case the detectives are trying to crack at times is confusing. Also, there’s an informational graphic sequence over the credits that gives some context for the crime in the movie, but essentially changes the post-theater conversation. It’s a zany action comedy that alludes to some deeper socio-political issues, but with the added info graphics at at the end it suddenly becomes way more serious. May not have been the best move. But if you sit through it you’ll be rewarded with a bonus scene.
The Other Guys exceeds expectations. It’s funny, original and toes the line of action and comedy very well. It should go down as one of Ferrell and McKay’s best, joining the ranks of Anchorman in the modern comedy echelon.
Trailer: The Other Guys
Starring Will Ferrel and Mark Wahlberg and a slew of others. It’s a shame this and Cop Out had to come out in such close vicinity to each other. This looks like the superior movie but is carrying an unwanted stigma right now. Looks good.
Quick little spot for The Other Guys - you know that other buddy cop comedy shot in NY featuring Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg, directed by Adam McKay.
The spot is quite hilarious. Can’t wait for a proper trailer.
Mark Wahlberg and Will Ferrel, currently shooting The Other Guys, a buddy cop (office clerks) comedy, in NYC.
Also starring, get this, Eva Mendes, Steve Coogan, Samuel L Jackson, The Rock, Damon Wayans, Rob Riggle, Craig Robinson, and Michael Keaton.