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The Other Guys

action & adventure, comedy


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.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    79%
  • Audience Score
    59%

common sense

PAUSE for kids age 13
Consumerism
3 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
1 out of 5
Language
3 out of 5
Positive messages
2 out of 5
Positive role models
1 out of 5
Sex
3 out of 5
Violence
3 out of 5

Quirky buddy comedy mixes action, some raunchy stuff.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this offbeat Will Ferrell/Mark Wahlberg comedy is an irreverent send-up of buddy cop movies that will likely appeal to older tweens but is more age-appropriate for teens. Although the tone is light and comic overall -- and it isn't quite as raunchy as previous Ferrell hits like Anchorman -- the movie does include plenty of bone-crunching, guns-a-flying action sequences. There isn't a lot of gore, but there's plenty of cartoonish violence. There's also a fair bit of strong language (including several uses of "s--t") and risque sexual innuendo/banter (including one exchange that gets pretty detailed), plus one scene involving cocaine and a drug bust.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about how this movie compares to more typical buddy cop movies. Why does Hollywood love these pairings? And why are they mostly male?
  • Is the violence in this type of movie gratuitous? What is this comedy saying about them? Is it paying homage or lampooning -- or a little bit of both?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

  • Tomatometer®

    79%
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  • Audience

    59%

Audience Reviews

3 stars

Feels a bit more forced than McKay's other Ferrell comedies, and its Wall Street plotline comes out of nowhere and feels like a completely different movie collided with the usual Step Brothers fare. You'll still find laughs, and its surprising just how well Wahlberg works with Ferrell, but I'd say The Other Guys is lacking in comedic momentum and struggles to find a consistent tone.

- fb791220692, Monday, December 10, 2012

4 stars

The duo of Ferrell and Wahlberg entices the screen in this clever and hilarious buddy-cop film. McKay's flick is a comedy, as well as action-filled shoot-out with jokes and bullets flying from end to end. Though the story is partially let down by the slightly strenuous plot and debatable and conclusive intent, Other Guys does well to please its audience. 4.5/5

- fb1442511448, Monday, December 31, 2012

2 stars

Cop films have been parodied to death, if you're going to make a new one it's got to be really good and as much as I liked Mark Wahlberg, the Dwayne Johnson and Samuel L. Jackson scenes and the fact Will Ferrell toned it down a little, it just didn't entertain me. I thought 21 Jump Street was much funnier - who would have thought.

- SirPant, Monday, October 29, 2012