Star power not enough to save ‘The Other Guys’
Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg star in "The Other Guys."
- Now playing
“The Other Guys”
** (out of four)
2010, Adam McKay, U.S., PG-13
- New films
The following movies start Friday, Aug. 20:
“Nanny McPhee Returns”
Director: Susanna White.
Stars: Emma Thompson, Maggie Gyllenhaal.
The Plot: Nanny McPhee arrives to help a harried young mother,
Mrs. Green, with running the family farm while her husband is away
at war. With Mrs. Green's children waging a personal war with their
two spoiled cousins, Nanny McPhee uses her magic to teach the kids
five important new lessons.
Genre: Comedy, family.
Director: Alexandre Aja.
Stars: Elisabeth Shue, Jerry O’Connell.
The Plot: After a tremor under the surface of Lake Victoria
unleashes scores of prehistoric piranhas, a group of strangers
under the direction of the local sheriff (Shue) band together to
stop themselves from becoming fish food.
Genre: Action, horror.
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.
Saturday, August 14, 2010 12:00 am.