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'The Other Guys' has you cheering and laughing at the little guy

You know those rough, tough shoot-em-up cops that are hard as nails, sexy as heck, smoothly sweet-talking the ladies and always able to catch their man at the end? This movie is not about them.

“The Other Guys,” a movie by Adam McKay and Chris Henchy, follows two mismatched cops that would do anything to be like the top cops on their squad, NYPD Detectives Christopher Danson and P.K. Highsmith (Dwayne Johnson and Samuel L. Jackson).

These two are the epitome of the typical cop movie stars. They’ve got the jokes, they’ve got the looks and they’ve got the skills necessary to get them out of tough binds. As a matter of fact, these men are so tough, they don’t get tattoos; tough guys get tattoos of them. They’re so busy shooting up the bad guys and solving crime that they leave the tedious office work, the stuff that’s not seen in movies, to the other guys.

Terry Hoitz (Mark Walberg) and Allen Gamble (Will Ferrell) are the other guys, the police officers that sit in the corner of the police office. While they are in photos along with Danson and Highsmith, they’re always out of focus.

Hoitz would give anything to be on the front line alongside Danson and Highsmith, but after the slight mistake of shooting Derek Jeter in the leg during the seventh game of the World Series and causing the Yankees to lose the Series, he’s stuck in the office, chomping at the bit for an opportunity to redeem himself.

On the other hand, Gamble, who’s never had a day outside of the office, seems more than happy to stay inside the precinct, working on forms and documents that the top cops are too busy to handle.

Captain Gene Mauch (perfectly played by Michael Keaton) has paired up these two, hoping that Gamble will help calm Hoitz down and help him acclimate to working in the office.

Instead, Hoitz tries dragging Gamble to the streets in order to compete with the other cops, but finds himself getting chained for longer and longer periods to the desk because of the mess-ups and errors made along the way. At one point, Gamble loses the privilege of being able to brandish his wooden gun (his original gun was taken away), and being given a rape whistle to blow on if he were to ever get into trouble.

However, when a Ponzi scheme is orchestrated by financial genius David Ershon (Steve Coogan), Danson and Highsmith make a fatal mistake, leaving Mauch no other choice but to recruit the efforts of Gamble and Hoitz, much to his chagrin.

The results are hysterical: not only is Hoitz forced to fight crime in Gamble’s emasculating red Toyota Prius, but he’s also got to endure Gamble humming the SWAT themes song as they go. It’s no wonder he’s stunned as hot chicks flock to Gamble, completely ignoring Hoitz. Eva Mendez does a great job playing Dr. Shelia Gamble, Gamble’s amazingly gorgeous wife who’s only got eyes for her husband, despite the obviously good-looking Hoitz gaping at her.

Adam McKay pulled double duty on “The Other Guys,” directing the film in addition to writing it. It’s obvious through his angles and dramatic cuts that even in direction, this film was meant to poke fun at the tough guy films, which are essentially bromances in disguise. This isn’t the first time that McKay, a former Saturday Night Live writer, has teamed up with Ferrell. Prior successes for this partnership include “Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy,” “Talladega Nights,” “Step Brothers” and the viral video “The Landlord.”

There are elements that poke fun at typical cop movies, that leave the audience laughing out loud at what they would normally assume is naturally supposed to happen in action films. For example, Danson and Highsmith think nothing of jumping from a 20-story building to catch the bad guys, with unexpected results, and an explosion, which would have left Hoitz and Gamble unscathed in a “regular” action flick, leaves them nearly deaf and writhing on the floor.

There are plenty of laughs in the film to go around, and I’m happy that I had the opportunity to watch Ferrell and Walberg work together on this film. Even though they’re not the typical combination for movie making. If they ever decided to work together again, you can bet I’ll be there to watch whatever comes from their antics.

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