With this summer’s spectacularly bad Grown Ups and Dinner for Schmucks still fresh in our memories, we could be forgiven for writing off the US comedy machine for this summer. Happily, The Other Guys has gone some way to redressing the balance with a fresh and funny take on the ‘buddy cop’ motif that’s well worth a watch.
Stop us if you’ve heard this one before. A young boy discovers that he is the offspring of powerful parents (they always are) and a greater destiny awaits him (it always does). So he travels to be trained in the ways of the hero and then confronts much stronger and deadlier foes than any young boy should and emerges victorious (in no small part two his two companions a clever yet vulnerable girl and a cowardly yet loyal boy. No we’re not talking about Harry Potter and the One With the Spells, we are talking about Percy Jackson & the Lightning Thief