“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.