Without knowing anything else about The Other Guys other than seeing this trailer, you might very well think that it’s going to be just another dumb comedy in which a veritable funnyman (Will Ferrell) and a generally straight-laced action star (Mark Wahlberg) team up for silliness and in most cases, schlock. Now consider this: Will Ferrell is clearly at his best when he’s collaborating with writing partner and director Adam McKay. Together they’ve delivered Anchorman (a career best for both men), Talladega Nights and Step Brothers. All three of which are very funny. Without McKay, Ferrell is hit or miss. With McKay, he’s pretty much all hit.
The Other Guys is co-written and directed by Adam McKay. This is what gives me hope, despite a rather formulaic action-comedy trailer. It is also likely to be R-rated (though not officially rated yet), which is where Ferrell and McKay seem to thrive. The film is filled to the brim with cameos — from the eternal badass of Samuel L. Jackson to the very funny Steve Coogan — and there’s a Mark Wahlberg ballet number. What more do you really need out of an action comedy? Because I’m sure there’s more…
The Other Guys hits theaters August 6, 2010. The full synopsis and first trailer are below.
Detective Allen Gamble is a forensic accountant who’s more interested in paperwork than hitting the streets. Detective Terry Hoitz is a tough guy who has been stuck with Allen as his partner ever since an unfortunate run-in with Derek Jeter. Allen and Terry idolize the city’s top cops, Danson and Highsmith, but when an opportunity arises for the Other Guys to step up, things don’t quite go as planned.