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dvd reviews

December 16, 2010
By Jared Curtis jared@dmcityview.com

 

‘The Other Guys’

Directed by Adam McKay

Rated PG-13, 107 minutes

Will Ferrell and director Adam McKay (“Anchorman,” “Talladega Nights”) make hilarious movies. Ferrell again shines as Det. Allen Gamble, a desk jockey who would rather type paperwork than chase bad guys. His partner, Det. Terry Holtz (Mark Wahlberg), is just the opposite — a tough cop assigned to deskwork after mistakenly shooting Yankee great Derek Jeter. But after accidentally getting involved in a deep-seeded conspiracy, the two must join forces to stop the bad guys. “The Other Guys” is definitely a Ferrell film (his idea of a school of tuna attacking a lion is classic), but I highly enjoyed the scenes involving Detectives Highsmith (Samuel L. Jackson) and Gamble (Dwayne Johnson), two indestructible (or so they think) cops who Allen and Terry strive to be. It’s no “Anchorman,” but “The Other Guys” delivers plenty of laughs and surprisingly entertaining action sequences. CV

 

‘Step Brothers’

Directed by Adam McKay

2008, Rated R, 98 minutes

Although I could laugh all day at the box art from “Step Brothers” — featuring two grown slackers (Will Ferrell and John C. Reily) at a department store photo area — I wasn’t a huge fan when it was released. Since watching it on Starz literally every week, I now find myself in tears. Two people (Mary Steenburgen and Richard Jenkins) meet and fall in love, but they both have sons (Ferrell and Reily) who are 40, still living at home with no prospects or future goals in site. In the beginning, they are mortal enemies, but soon their love of John Stamos and doing karate in the garage bring them together for some of the funniest and most ridiculous antics I’ve ever seen. Whether they’re singing “Boats and Hoes,” building bunk beds or fighting pre-teens, the laughs keep coming. I’m an only child, but I could only wish for “Step Brothers” as funny as these. CV


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