Contributed By Wayne Chan
When it comes to playing funny dysfunctional social misfits, Will Ferrell is in a mind-bottling (caught the Blades of Glory reference?) space bubble of his own. Partner him with Mark Wahlberg (last seen perpetually shirtless in Date Night) and throw in Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Samuel L. Jackson, and you have a perfect formula for an entertaining comedy of errors. This typical Adam Mckay vehicle (think Talladega Nights, Step Brothers and Anchorman) is basically “Superbad” meets “Miami Vice” with a generous serving of “Police Academy” on the side.
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In this cop comedy, Ferrell plays Allen Gamble, a nerdy forensic accountant in a New York police department who prefers to sort through discrepancies on paper within the safety of his desk as opposed to doing real crime fighting on the mean city streets. Having never fired a gun, Gamble has a geeky penchant for creating his own “apps” and humming strange tunes while he types, “girly” traits which rile up his partner and polar opposite, Terry Hoitz (Wahlberg). He also drives a Toyota Prius. Seated opposite Gamble in the office, the vulgar and volatile Hoitz mistakenly shoots American Major League Baseball star, Derek Jeter, at a Yankees game, giving him an inadvertent claim to fame.
When the department’s top (but crazy) cops Danson (Johnson) and Highsmith (Jackson) jump to their deaths from a 20-storey building after agreeing to aim for the bushes while pursuing bank robbers, an opportunity opens up for Gamble and Hoitz to finally get some real action—with hilarious results.
Teetering back and forth comical improbabilities, this movie is a must-watch for Ferrell fans, and a great way to spend Friday night chomping popcorn and talking trash with the guys.