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Jason Wallis Star power not enough to save ‘The Other Guys’

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Posted: Saturday, August 14, 2010 12:00 am

This weekend saw the releases of “The Expendables” and “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World,” the final two “event” movies of Summer 2010. One or both will be reviewed next week, followed by looks at “Piranha 3D” (behold, the triumphant reunion of Elizabeth Shue and Christopher Lloyd!) and then “Centurion” to finish out the season ahead of the George Clooney vehicle “The American.”

Not the greatest roster, perhaps, but it’s certainly more promising than what we’ve been getting lately. “The Other Guys,” the new comedy from director Adam McKay and star Will Ferrell, proudly continues this season’s pattern of disappointment by consistently failing to live up to its potential, and frankly, at this point, it’s hard to get angry. This kind of thing has become the standard, and so we as moviegoers are left to wander a desolate wasteland of recycled screenplays and failed remakes — alone, afraid, and praying for that rare reprieve from the onslaught of sheer mediocrity. Get used to it, I guess.

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