I go to a Will Ferrell movie expecting juvenile humor, zany silliness and not much more. His new cop/buddy movie "The Other Guys" meets those limited expectations in spades. But this time around, there's something more that takes this effort to a slightly higher level that approaches grown-up comedy standards.
This version of a funny but sometimes violent police movie shows traces of "Beverly Hills Cop." Director and screenwriter Adam McKay rises above his former "Anchorman" material to provide a touch of biting satire to the genre. But what really sets this film apart are the totally outrageous sideshows.
Several times, the goofy formula action suddenly stops. A short but wild scene of unexpected madness appears, then vanishes into thin air. There's a surprising intellectual element to these sarcastic interludes. The shock factor takes over and elevates the laugh quotient. Mark Wahlberg plays the disgraced cop who partners with Ferrell's character to set up the strange twists that make all the craziness work. It's better than expected. But you won't miss much if you wait for the video.