The trailer is funny and so is the film, but only the selected parts. The whole film is like a parody because of its paper-thin or thoughtless plot. It has humor but the length of the film kills it. This is one of the comedy flicks which you just appreciate clips of the movie and not the whole movie itself.
The Other Guys is a story about two cops who spends most of their duty sitting behind the desk. However, they have different motives. Allen is afraid of gunfight and chose to be the department’s accountant and takes any paperwork – his idea of being safe, while Terry, an intelligent and well-trained cop, is forced to be with Allen, his partner, because he shot an innocent man but still eager to get back in the battlefield. That’s why when their leading crime fighters died on a “heroic” act Terry drags Allen to various cases, hoping this will be their grand debut.
At some point, the film focuses on the personal lives and backstories of the two cops. I consider it a clever plot point because I like to see a movie that shows basic human interest until I realize that was another excuse to make a lengthy movie.
You won’t also get the pumping action scenes filled with comedy or even if you do, they are already worn-out. Also, some characterization are put to waste. Terry’s wide array of knowledge proves nothing significant on the climax. Allen’s innate chick-magnet aura are left on a cliff. The film gives the characters a trait of uniqueness but it doesn’t play out well as a whole.
The only reason that sustained me, and perhaps saved the movie, is the performance of Will Ferrel. His face gives you the total scope of stupidity from Allen. Not to mention his ability to deliver a dry humor effortlessly. And that was from the brilliant script. It was well-written. You get the glimpse of it at the first part of the movie where Terry confronts Allen of his feeling.
Another thing that disappoints is the inspirational ending to conclude the film. It goes like: the people who worked hard is not the ones you see in TV or hear in radio but the ones who sit behind the desk, take phone calls, run some errands – the other guys. I liked that except that wasn’t the film’s real concept. The “other guys” in the film are show-offs, which suggest that they don’t want to be the other guys, they want to be THE guys.
I would still say the film is funny but there are others out there that are both funny and compelling.