The Best 2010s Buddy Comedy Is A Modern Classic, Stream Without Netflix

By TeeJay Small | Published

The Other Guys

If you’re a fan of buddy cop comedies, you surely need to check out the 2010 film The Other Guys, starring Mark Wahlberg and Will Ferrell. Like many classic comedies, clips of the film have made the rounds across social media sites such as TikTok, promoting some of the funniest moments to a whole new audience of viewers. Luckily, the film is currently streaming free via Tubi, offering a hilarious viewing experience to anyone interested in catching the full project.

More Than Just A Comedy

The Other Guys was written and directed by acclaimed comedy filmmaker Adam McKay, who famously helmed such classic movies as Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, and Step Brothers. While The Other Guys is undoubtedly hilarious, the film marks the first step in a changing tide of McKay’s work, as the comedy legend has increasingly turned his scope toward more serious topics in recent films. After completing work on The Other Guys, which heavily alludes to political corruption and Ponzi scheme conspiracies, McKay moved on to such features as The Big Short, Vice, and Don’t Look Up.

Danson & Highsmith

The Other Guys 2010

The cast of The Other Guys includes stand-out performances from leads Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg, as well as Eva Mendes, Michael Keaton, Samuel L. Jackson, Dwayne Johnson, and Damon Wayans Jr. The film opens on NYPD detectives Chris Danson and P. K. Highsmith, who, despite causing massive collateral damage to the city, frequently catch criminals in incredibly cinematic fashion. Just as you think the film will be another generic buddy cop comedy, the duo leap off a building to catch an evading suspect, only to promptly pancake against the sidewalk and die on impact.

Gamble & Hoitz

The Other Guys 2010

That’s because this film isn’t about your classic hero cops, it’s about the other guys; the average detectives who wish to make it big. The true leading characters of the film are forensic accountant Allen Gamble and disgruntled detective Terry Hoitz, who are paired to investigate “boring” crimes like faulty scaffolding permits. While in the field, the duo accidentally stumble onto a financial conspiracy, leading them to investigate the CEOs of a few massive global business ventures.

Conspiracy and Corruption

The Other Guys 2010

As Allen and Terry continue tugging at the strings of corruption, they uncover a conspiracy to defraud the NYPD out of its pension fund, encountering a host of bizarre and hilarious situations along the way. This includes Allen’s car being impounded and used as the setting for an orgy by the local homeless population, a backstory about the dorky detective’s time as an accidental pimp in college, and a genuine look at just how difficult it would be to walk away from an explosion in epic slow-motion. By the time The Other Guys builds to its thrilling conclusion, you may need to run it back a few times to catch the parts that you drowned with your laughter.

The Other Guys On Tubi

The Other Guys 2010


The film offers easily the funniest Mark Wahlberg performance in recent memory, as long as you don’t count the unintentional hilarity of The Happening. If you’re interested in watching The Other Guys today, be sure to stream the film for free on Tubi. Just be sure not to let out a desk pop while you’re watching, as you’ll surely alarm the neighbors.