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Mike: Hi, this is Mike from the substream.com and this is Watch This Instead for the week ending the 6th of August 2010. I like to talk real quickly about the other guys, the 6th or 50th collaboration between Will Ferrell, the giant kind of odd looking funniest dude around and director Adam Mckay. Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg play cops, buddy cops, The Other Guys, the third stream detectives who have to stay behind and do all the paperwork well all the gunslinger dudes go out and crack all the tough cases.
Wahlberg, Terry Hoitz is anxious to prove himself to get out there and wave his gun around get in the action after he was partnered with forensic accountant and desk Jockey Will Ferrell's gamble character after a particularly disastrous assignment at a Yankees game. What makes the best Ferrell and McKay collaboration film so funny. Stuff like Anchorman, stuff like Talladega Nights is that Ferrell as an actor has a charisma enough kind of weird self-confidence to go with a sense of humor, to go with his weirdness, that you can use him to tell weird twisted kind of unorthodox, but still somewhat linear and recognizable narrative character arts. Their weird hero journeys in a sense and because of that and because of him they are compelling.
Now what it makes The Other Guys work not quite as well as those films is that there is no real hero journey to hang on Ferrell's character the forensic accountant. He is funny because he doesn't want to be an action hero copy, keeps getting dragged around by Mark Wahlberg's character and while his guy fights, he doesn't want to be there. He wants to be at his best and that's funny, but it also doesn't make a much of a character art. It's not clear what he wants and it's not clear what's going to happen if he does or doesn't get it.
So occasionally it's funny The Other Guys as moments in Talladega Nights or Anchorman, it's not as compelling as those films and because of the film is built with a bunch of other characters and weird little relationship between them, there are bunch of scenes that are extraneous and should have been cut and that compelled with a lack of real hero journey and thing makes the film feel kind of flabby and makes it kind of drag a little bit.
There is also a completely bizarre completely out of left minute long super high budget effects shot in the middle of the film. It is so compelling at a place that it actually literally killed all of the noise in the theater as people kind of looked at the screen and looked at each other kind of what was going on. It's kind of a lesson for inspiring filmmakers, it's really hard to be a good editor and a good editor is more often not a ruthless editor when everyone in your film is a funny, famous friends of yours and you can't cut their scenes and you spend hundreds and thousands of dollars on effect shot, that's really high concept piece of thing that you may need to cut, but then can't spend much money on it.
So eventually watches that, watch one of the all time best straight man partnered unfortunately with the goofball movies and just hands down one of the best movies of all time Midnight Run. Stars Robert Di Niro and Charles Grodin, one of the funniest guys ever born and it was directed by Martin Brest, who was the guy that made Beverly Hills Cop, Midnight Run, Scent of a Woman, Meet Joe Black and then he wrote and directed Gigli with Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez and they didn't make anything else ever again. Talk about hitting on the dry spell or check out Ferrell and McKay's absolute best collaboration, there are funny, funny website, the funniest website on the Internet, funnyordie.com.
It's them with their best doing little short little things; short scenes that they get to do whatever they want. They don't have to bringing together this some kind of bigger narrative like what they try to do in the Other Guys and it didn't quite work, but you know, what, go outside, go rent Midnight Run or go see The Other Guys because it's pretty funny and pretty funny it still better that most of what past for comedies so far this summer.