Allen Gamble is the most boring and dorky member of the NYPD. He does audits and investigates illegal money use, therefore he gets none of the attention that the tough guy cops who get into gun fights receive. He is partnered with Terry Holtz, a comically angry cop who used to be a respected officer until he shot Derek Jeter, ruining the Yankees' chances at a World Series pennant. Allen likes Terry, but Terry is annoyed by every tiny and obnoxious personality trait Allen possesses. When the two coolest detectives end up dead, everyone in the NYPD envisions themselves as the next heroes of the police force. When Allen decides to focus his attention on a lowly permit violation, Terry is furious. However, when they dig deeper, they come across by accident that the man responsible for the permit violation, the billionaire David Ershon, lost a great deal of money for a huge scary finance firm. All the while, we get to know Allen and Terry better; Terry struggles to earn the respect of his dancer ex-fiance, while we learn Allen has a past filled with inexplicably gorgeous women, leading to the revelation that Allen used to be a wacky pimp who went by the name Gator. When Allen and Terry accidentally assist in the suicide of Ershon's attorney, their captain takes them off the case... but when they realize Ershon is preparing to steal from the NYPD pension in order to cover his losses, it's up to Allen and Terry, the other guys, to be the heroes for the first time ever.
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Best part of story, including ending:
Ferrell and Wahlberg are funny together, and this movie does a fine job of taking some of the sillier tropes of the action movie genre and making fun of them.
Best scene in story:
Allen and Terry walk away from an explosion like in the movies, but instead of looking cool like in the movies, they fall over and scream about how much their ears hurt.
Opinion about the main character:
It's fun watching Ferrell, who normally plays a wild egomaniac, play the nerdy sweet character for once. At the end, it's fun watching Allen come unhinged.