On a quick trip to Baltimore this week, I had an evening free so I spent $10 to see The Other Guys a new flick starring Will Ferrell, Mark Wahlberg, Samuel L. Jackson and Dwayne Johnson. For better entertainment value, I should have taken that ten bucks, thrown it out a window of a Manhattan high rise and watch folks scurrying to pick it up. Anything would have been more entertaining and a better use of my time and money than watching this disjointed and dismal movie. I’m surprised any one of the four afore-mentioned actors would attach themselves to this garbage. It’s understandable that Michael Keaton, whose best comedy movie days are far behind him, desperately needed a movie role (he plays Captain Gene Mauch) and signed on to this mess. The movie is described as “Two mismatched New York City (Ferrell and Wahlberg) detectives seize an opportunity to step up like the city’s top cops whom they idolize – only things don’t go quite as planned.” If only, the movie made a slight effort to give us that plot. Instead the only “mismatching” going on here was not the two main characters but The Other Guys from funny entertainment.
(Guest Review by contributor James McNamara)