Hollywood Movie Roundup: ‘The Other Guys,’ ‘Step Up 3D’

HollywoodNews.com: Will Ferrell enters the multiplex this weekend in an effort to make this summer a little bit more funny. Grabbing Mark Wahlberg at his side, an actor whose onscreen bad-tempered persona can scare away a gaggle of wrestlers, the duo are starring in Sony’s new buddy cop action comedy “The Other Guys.”

Already, “Other Guys” directed by Ferrell’s producing partner Adam McKay has booked $13.2 million in its opening Friday. The comedy, which follows two New York City cops, who are in need of more respect on the force, is poised to make $35 million by Sunday. Ferrell plays a wimpy cop accountant, while Wahlberg plays a disgraced, smart cop who accidentally shot Derek Jeter at the height of a World Series game.

Michael Keaton and Eva Mendes co-star.

“Other Guys” has scored an 80% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes with critics such as A.O. Scott of the New York Times saying, “The Other Guys is most authentically itself when it indulges in a free-form but nonetheless highly disciplined silliness that has the effect of dissolving, rather than piquing, whatever worldly anger or frustration you may be harboring.”

The second wide release this weekend is Disney’s threequel “Step Up 3D” which scored second place with $6.6 million. The film was co-financed by Summit Entertainment.

While the “Step Up” films are known for generating a hit single or two on the radio, it’s questionable why mass auds would yearn to see a dance film in 3D when the visual format has suited action, sci-fi and animated films. “Step Up 3D” scored a 51% rotten which means critics are split.

Ty Burr of the Boston Globe complains, “Watching this movie in 3-D is very much like sticking one’s head in a blender and hitting “pulse.’’

“Step Up 3D” follows a group of street dancers who pit themselves against top-notch hip-hoppers in a high stakes shakedown.

Photo Credit: Sony, Disney

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