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The Other Guys


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Dec 14, 2010

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Adam McKay


Will Ferrell

Mark Wahlberg

Samuel L. Jackson

Dwayne Johnson


2010 Columbia Pictures / Sony

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Overall D+
Run Time107

Making the Grades

During the dog days of summer, cinemas usually host a variety of low-ball comedies that play best to audiences seeking a cool, relaxing place to rest their brains. In the case of this movie, you may need to go a step further and completely shutdown your cerebrum in order to survive.

The fact the film stars Will Ferrell (who also appears in Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby and Semi-Pro) should be an immediate indication of what to expect. Here he plays a policeman named Allen Gamble, a nerd anxious to fit into the cop culture. This desire to be a real toughie instead of one of the wimpy "other guys" makes him a prime target for his coworker’s practical jokes and insults. He’s teamed up with a hot-tempered desk jockey, which begs the question: Why has Terry Hoitz (Mark Wahlberg) been saddled with Gamble and office duty?

Desperate to get back on the streets and doing some exciting police work, Hoitz convinces his partner in law to go out on a call. Cruising in Gamble’s Prius (one of many in-your-face product placements), the impetuous act inadvertently leads the pair into a major crime investigation… and the ongoing wrath of their Captain (Michael Keaton).

The opening half hour fires off a fair number of reasonably funny lines, but the comedic bullets are quickly exhausted. Increasingly long scenes of stupidity, unwarranted action sequences and needless script detours hamper this movie’s artistic merit. Most parents will not appreciate the frequent sexual jokes, crude remarks and profanities. Nor are they likely to approve of the generous depictions of violence, including a suicide, all of which are played for humor.

Finally, if the names of Dwayne Johnson and Samuel L. Jackson on the marquee are enticing you to still give this film a shot, all I can say is "buyer beware." Without spoiling what little “surprise” this movie has to offer, don’t expect to get your money’s worth from seeing these two celebs. Instead, you’ll find yourself stuck with the other guys for a very tedious two hours.


Discussion Ideas After The Movie

Teaching ideas and topics to discuss about The Other Guys.

Why do you think the writers of this script selected police officers as the profession for the main characters? What possible satisfaction does the audience derive from this choice?

Do you think sexual jokes and dialogue are overused in comedies today? Why do you think so many scripts utilize the type of comedy found in this movie?

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Canadian Movie Ratings

14A Coarse and Sexual Language.
AB PG Coarse Language, Crude Sexual Content, Not Recommended for Young Children.
MB PG Not Recommended For Young Children, Violence, Language May Offend.
ON 14A Sexual Content, Language May Offend.

Canadian Home Video Rating: PG

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Details on home video releases of The Other Guys...

The Other Guys is releasing on DVD and Blu-ray on December 14, 2010.

The Other Guys releases on DVD (Theatrical Cut) includes:

- Deleted and Extended Scenes

- Featurettes: Bed Bath and Way Beyond and Crash and Burn!

The Other Guys releases on DVD (Unrated Edition) includes:

- Both Theatrical and Unrated film versions

- Deleted and Extended Scenes

- Bonus Featurettes: Bed Bath and Way Beyond and Crash and Burn!

The Other Guys releases on Blu-ray (Combo Pack) also offers:

- Theatrical and Unrated film versions

- The “Mom”-mentary- Unrated Version

- Additional Deletedand Extended Scenes

- Line-O-Rama

- Gag reel

- Music Video: Pimps Don’t Cry

- Alternate Action

- Bonus Featurettes: Extreme Close Up, Everyone Hates The DVD Guy, Wasn’t That???, Why Are There Brits On This Movie?, Rob Riggle Likes To Party, We Shouldn’t Kiss a Chicken, Mark Walberg’s Eating Contest Entourage and Lendl Global Commercial.

- movieIQ;+sync and BD-Live

- Digital Copy of the film

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Please note: So we can maintain a website with content appropriate for all ages, we moderate all comments and will edit profanities, slanderous remarks and other inappropriate language. For these reasons, your comments will not appear immediately. says: Aug. 08, 2010

The Other Guys”  What a poor excuse for a film. Should be rated “R”

Shawna says: Aug. 19, 2010

Besides not being a very good movie - the sexual talk in it is VERY crude and I agree it should not be rated PG 13 it is for a more mature crowd.

Heinemann says: Jul. 31, 2012

How the hell would this movie be rated it should be pg

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