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Review: The Other Guys

Will Ferrell returns to form
By PETER KEOUGH  |  August 8, 2010
3.0 3.0 Stars

 

In by far the funnier of the summer's two comedies featuring an accountant (Dinner for Schmucks being the other), Will Ferrell returns to form as Detective Allen Gamble, a NYPD numbers cruncher and desk jockey who gets odd-coupled with Mark Wahlberg's gung-ho loser Detective Terry Hoitz to crack a vague and complicated case involving Steve Coogan as a crooked financier.

More to the point are such absurdist non-sequiturs and digressions as Gamble's flashbacks to his college days, a cameo by Derek Jeter that should please Sox fans, a freeze-frame drunk montage that puts The Hangover to shame, and a running joke about the band TLC.

What's not so funny is the financial disaster of the past couple of years — director Adam McKay was smart to use it simply as a MacGuffin to string along the film's filigree of steady laughs. But if you want some gratuitous indignation, stick around for the scandalous statistics at the end.

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