The Other Guys

Theatrical Release: August 6, 2010
The Other Guys


Two mismatched New York City detectives seize an opportunity to step up like the city’s top cops whom they idolize — only things don’t quite go as planned.

Dove Review

“The Other Guys” uses Mark Wahlberg as the straight man and Will Ferrell (of course) as the funny man in this film that attempts to make jokes out of things not always considered funny. In fact, a crooked financial adviser in the story is not something a lot of people will roar at in light of today’s world and current economic situation. On the other hand, some of the humor works fine. There is a lot of physical humor and not all of it works either. Two men who jump from a building, intending to land on some bushes, miss the bushes. I must have missed the humorous part in that one.

But the mismatched cops that Wahlberg and Ferrell play does show a bit of chemistry between the two from time to time. Firing a gun inside the police station may not be funny to all, but Wahlberg does get to give some slow burning comments to Ferrell, which result in some chuckles. And Ferrell is definitely earnest if not the sharpest pencil in the can. Ultimately, the only real theme I can think of regarding this film is that many sets of friends are indeed mismatched, which makes for some interesting situations in life.

However, due to the strong content in this film which includes strong sexual comments, strong language, a lot of violence although little blood, in addition to a three rating in the drug content category, we are unable to award our Dove Seal to this movie as a family-friendly film.

Content Description

Faith: None
Integrity: None
Sex: Frank sexual comments; talk of exploring bi-sexuality; a married woman attempts to get a married man to become physical with her; a man makes a "Make love to my wife" comment; a used condom is found.
Language: GD-1; G/OMG-4; S-36; A-11; H-6; SOB-5; D-3; Crap-2; Slang for sex-4; Slang for male genitalia-3; P-1
Violence: Several gun shots are fired and some strike people and cars; cars collide; crashes; an SUV is knocked over by thieves with a wrecking ball; coffee is thrown on a man who yells in pain; two characters jump from a building and plan to hit bushes but instead they are killed in a scene that is played for laughs; fights; shoving; gun pulled; man hit in face with gun; character hit with a baton; characters are hit with golf balls hit off tees.
Drugs: Talk of using drugs and of a drug dealer; several drinking scenes; a comment that a man who committed suicide drank a lot of gin just before he did it.
Nudity: Cleavage; shirtless men.
Other: A lot of disrespect; characters tell others to "shut up"; a gay man is called a "fairy".


Company: Columbia Tri-Star Pictures
Writer: Adam McKay & Chris Henchy
Director: Adam McKay
Producer: Patrick Crowley
Genre: Comedy
Runtime: 107 min.
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter