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Film Fans: Ferrell, Wahlberg capture perfect cop comedy chemistry

Special Photo: Columbia Pictures
 Mark Wahlberg, left, and Will Ferrell star in “The Other Guys.” 

Special Photo: Columbia Pictures Mark Wahlberg, left, and Will Ferrell star in “The Other Guys.” 

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3 out of 4 stars

If you are a fan of Will Ferrell, you will enjoy “The Other Guys.” Ferrell, as Allen Gamble, delivers his offbeat style of comedy throughout as Mark Wahlberg’s Terry Hoitz highlights this by playing the straight man. Wahlberg has his funny moments, too, but really shines as the hotheaded partner dealing with Ferrell.

The pairing could not have been better. I was happy there was so much more than the laughs found in the preview. In fact, the hilarity continues from start to finish.

Fans of the comedy genre will enjoy seeing this in the theater and will leave with some memorable quotes. The DVD will most likely come with a gag reel, which will provide more of what is teased at the end of the credits.

— Sean Ahern, Buford

3 out of 4 stars

“The Other Guys” opens with a brief, funny, action-packed appearance by Dwayne Johnson and Samuel Jackson. The story moves with a consistent flow and never stagnates — there is no time to get bored.

The group of actors is well cast; each complements the other. The abundance of laugh-out-loud moments, good action and a surprisingly interesting story make this a worthwhile movie to see in the theater. It is just plain funny and you don’t have to be a Will Ferrell fan (I’m not) to enjoy it; his character is not too overbearing, which makes it tolerable.

The credits are strewn with mind-boggling data and if you stay through the credits you will be treated to a funny scene with Wahlberg and Ferrell.

— Francine Benoit, Lawrenceville

3 out of 4 stars

“The Other Guys” is an unusual yet funny cop movie. The main characters are anything but typical heroes. Everyone either hates them or has little to no respect for them. They don’t even seem to like each other.

To add to the unusualness, Will Ferrell doesn’t play the usual neurotic character he seems to portray in most of his movies. However, even this doesn’t last long — good old neurotic Will does eventually show up.

Your enjoyment of this movie will depend on your sense of humor and your feelings toward Will Ferrell. If you don’t mind the occasional unusual, sometimes campy, sometimes hilarious, not the best acted, comedic cop movie, then you might be “The Other Guys.”

— Kenny Grams, Lawrenceville