A buddy-cop comedy that delightfully skewers buddy-cop movie conventions while never descending or ascending into parody, Adam McKay's "The Other Guys" is a thoroughly entertaining piece of work. Silly and spry, the film clicks effectively thanks to its leading men and robust barrage of comedy.
Starring Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg as an ill-matched pair of police, "The Other Guys" finds the two bumbling their way into a high-profile investigation. The investigation is secondary to the pairing, however, and the story gets its likable energy from the collision of the two cops.
McKay deftly combines smart and silly comedy with remarkably potent action. Add to that the genuine and inviting chemistry between Ferrell and Wahlberg, and the film never ceases to engage.
"The Other Guys" may not be deep, but it is completely enjoyable. Its cast and direction are strong, while the production is neatly assembled. The comedy provides a raucous, witty, and quick-moving experience that is fully appealing.