Sunday, August 8, 2010

The Other Guys (2010)

I thought this was going to be good, but I didn't expect it to be this great. I haven't laughed this hard at a Will Ferrell movie in a long time. I'd say it belongs in the Top 3 of Ferrell movies.

Highsmith and Danson (Samuel L Jackson and Dwayne Johnson) are the best cops on the force. They always get there man and they never let anything stand in their way. Gamble and Hoitz (Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg) are the other cops. The ones who investigate lighter crimes from their desks. When a bigshot investor gets behind on his contractual payments, Hoitz and Gamble are called. They realize that this may go deeper than they could have expected, which isn't to Gamble's liking. Hoitz wants to get on the streets whereas Gamble is more than fine staying behind the desk. As the hole keeps getting deeper and deeper, they find that they are now the bad-asses on the force and need to get the job done at all costs.

I laughed so hard at this movie, almost from beginning to end. The supporting cast was just as funny as Ferrell was. Even Michael Keaton as the captain of their particular precinct. He may or may not be a TLC fan, it's uncertain. I highly recommend this. Watch it as soon as possible.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Cop Out (2010)

There were a lot of problems with this movie. First, the script was just not good enough for a supposed "buddy cop" movie. Second, who decided to let Kevin Smith direct a movie he didn't write. Mistake!

Jimmy Monroe and Paul Hodges (Bruce Willis and Tracy Morgan) are a veteran pair of cops who have been partners for over 7 years. Their cases go a little haywire and they let druglord slip through the cracks. Wallowing from that, Jimmy also needs to pay for his daughter's wedding and decides to sell his most prized baseball card. This card should net him somewhere around $80,000. Just randomly, a couple of no-goodniks rob the card some and take Jimmy's prized possession. Now, they have to find this card so his daughter's wedding can take place the way she wants. As it just so happens, the card soon comes into the hands of the very kingpin they've been trying to catch for years. How exactly can they get it back?

No need to read it again. That hokey plot is almost all there is to this movie. I wasn't expecting a lot from this movie, but I was expecting Tracy Morgan to be a bad choice. Admittedly, I was wrong about that. Morgan was funny and somewhat believable as a cop. The movie suffered because it's such a weak story. I can't recommend this, even for Kevin Smith fans.