I will start with a proviso that I did not realize that this was a distinct film from The Other Guys, which in many ways feels like a spiritual predecessor to this film — elevated buddy cop comedy with some feints towards a more serious plot. This was certainly a better film (which is not to say that I didn't enjoy The Other Guys); the trappings of noir, an absolutely hilarious performance from Gosling, and a script that felt less all-caps and more winking. A tremendously fun time that does not leave much of an impression.

(Also, what's the deal with all seventies-based films involving the catalytic converter conspiracy?)


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