Mark Wahlberg and Will Ferrell’s The Other Guys releases on August 6, 2010

Amid an overdose of action flicks, comes a humorous cop move. The Other Guys, director Adam McKay’s take on the good old buddy cop movie, opens on August 6, 2010.Toplining Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg as down-and-out NYPD detectives keen to make it to the top cop bracket, Columbia Pictures’ The Other Guys also stars Dwayne Johnson, Samuel L. Jackson, Eva Mendes, Ray Stevenson, Steve Coogan, Rob Riggle and Damon Wayans Jr.

The storyline is simple. The force and NYC idolize NYPD Detectives Christopher Danson (Dwayne Johnson) and P.K. Highsmith (Samuel L. Jackson). They’re the best cops the city’s ever seen – the stuff heroes are made of.

The Other guys movie poster

Photo: The Other guys movie poster

Somewhere in the background are Detectives Allen Gamble (Will Ferrell) and Terry Hoitz (Mark Wahlberg). Gamble is a forensic accountant more interested in paperwork than fieldwork. Hoitz has been stuck with Gamble since an embarrassing shooting episode. They are “the Other Guys” – the cops who aren’t doing much, the guys who’re often to be seen in background photos of Danson and Highsmith after the star cops have cracked a big case.

Will The Other Guys have their day? Gamble and Hoitz get their day in the sun and a chance to hit the big league when the star cops are indisposed. Gamble and Hoitz are given what seems to be an innocuous case, seemingly a suicide, but a case that no other detective wants to touch.

The buddy cops believe that the case could be the opportunity of their life, but will they be able to crack it? Given that they’re constantly being probed by their boss (Michael Keaton) and being shown down by a rival team of cops (Rob Riggle and Damon Wayans Jr.).

Will The Other Guys earn Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg a spot among buddy cop comedy greats such as Will Smith  and Martin Lawrence, and Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker? The actors sure must be hoping so.

Will Ferrell, a member of Hollywood’s Frat Pack, a generation of comic actors to emerge in the late 1990s and the 2000s including Jack Black, Ben Stiller, Steve Carell, Vince Vaughn, and brothers Owen and Luke Wilson, will in 2010 also be seen in MegaMind, an animated comedy film. DreamWorks Animation’s Megamind, slated for a November 5, 2010, release, is being directed by Tom McGrath. The voice cast, apart from Will Ferrell, features Brad Pitt, Jonah Hill and Tina Fey.

Megamind movie promotional picture

Photo: Megamind movie promo picture

Megamind pits Megamind (Will Ferrell), the most brilliant supervillain the world has ever known, against caped superhero Metroman (Brad Pitt). After defeating Metroman, Megamind ultimately goes on to create a new opponent called “Titan” (Jonah Hill) out of an ordinary man who had an unreciprocated crush on reporter Roxanne Ritchi (Tina Fey). When Titan decides he wants to destroy the world, Megamind decides to stop him, setting out on a path to redemption in the process.

Mark Wahlberg, who was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his 2006 film The Departed, was in 2009 seen in director Peter Jackson’s The Lovely Bones. A film adaptation of Alice Sebold’s award-winning 2002 novel of the same name, The Lovely Bones starred Saoirse Ronan as Susie Salmon, and Mark Wahlberg and Rachel Weisz as her parents Jack and Abigail Salmon respectively.

In 2010, Mark Wahlberg will also be seen in director David O. Russell’s The Fighter along with Christian Bale. The Fighter, scheduled for a November 26, 2010, release, chronicles the life of professional boxer Micky Ward (Mark Wahlberg) and his older brother Dickie Eklund (Christian Bale). Amy Adams plays Wahlberg’s love interest.

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