I take notes as I watch films so that I can remember salient plot points, great effects, and idiotic story twists. During The Other Guys, I wrote down “buddy cop film from hell”. That might well sum up the weird mashup that is The Other Guys, a movie that can’t decide if it’s a straight-up action film, a satire that skewers the well-worn buddy cop genre, or a daft, sophomoric comedy in the vein of Police Academy.
As is typical with parodies, there are a number of running jokes in the film, including Hoitz constantly demanding more time away from the desk, more real police work. As he insists again and again, “I’m a peacock! I need a chance to fly!” Finally Captain Mauch (Keaton) yells “You do know that peacocks don’t fly, right?”