Any time you're laughing so hard at a movie that you miss other jokes, I count that as a mark of quality - and The Other Guys is a comedy that hits that mark early, and often. Adam McKay and Will Ferrell have not only matched but quite possibly surpassed the heights of their previous pinnacle, Anchorman, with a story (yeah, a real story) that delivers as a deconstruction of "supercop" conventions, an actual action movie, a social commentary, and a balls-out comedy, all at the same time. Endlessly quotable and gut-bustingly funny, The Other Guys offers one of Ferrell's all-time best performances, probably McKay's most cohesive film to date, and one of the most all-around satisfying comedies in years.
Ferrell plays Allen Gamble, a desk jockey whose reason for existence is to fill out the paperwork created by property-destroying gloryhound detectives like Danson (Dwayne Johnson) and Highsmith (Samuel L. Jackson). But when a jewel heist explodes in a mass of mysterious crimes and cover-ups, Gamble's constantly, almost inexplicably furious partner Terry Hoitz (Mark Wahlberg) sees the investigation as an opportunity to "step up" and make a name for himself. Enlisting Allen more or less against his will, the duo soon uncovers a conspiracy to defraud some unlucky sucker of millions of dollars, and soon find themselves fighting against mysterious gunmen, corporate roadblocks, and especially the derision of their own peers as they try to crack the case.