Martinis and Popcorn: ‘The Other Guys,’ ‘Step Up 3D’ and ‘Middle Men’

This week’s movie projection has Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg’s The Other Guys as the number one contender to take down Leonardo DiCaprio’s Inception.

The MTV Movie Award skit that had me wondering what the hell was going on, was to garner interest in the film about a pair of NYPD detectives/partners who work in the forensic department and rarely see action. When they finally do, they practically piddle in their pants and the hilarity ensures.

However, as much as I love the rule-breaking, hip-hop lover Mark Wahlberg, who just received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, he’s not the ultimate key to what is sure to be a winning comedic equation. Eva Mendes is.

Although Eva jokes Will is far from funny, the self-assured Cuban hottie stepped up her game and took improv classes to keep up with with him in front of the camera.

Another reason Eva probably brought her A-game is because the pairing of Will Ferrell and director Adam McKay has proven to be a $100 million plus success with films like Anchorman, Talladega Nights and Step Brothers.

Attempting to milk the dancing fever with female audiences for as long as possible, Disney releases the third installment of the Step Up series and throws in the common monkey wrench by making it 3D.

It might be safe to say that Step Up 3D jumps the shark, but those who love Dancing with the Stars and America’s Next Dance Crew will give this film a little life, but not enough to pull past Steve Carell and Paul Rudd’s Dinner for Schmucks, which debuted behind Inception last week in theaters.

The film that called out the biceps and sex appeal of Channing Tatum in 2006 and giving him a step up to fame is probably what these relatively unknowns are hoping for themselves. They will be thoroughly disappointed that two fractured toes won’t make them household names.

More of what’s in theaters today, after the jump.

The wild card this weekend will be Middle Men, which has limited release in theaters and stars Luke Wilson and Giovanni Ribisi. The inspired by a true story film about porn took over the internet from 1997 on is reminiscent of Boogie Nights, yet not up to par to the quality.Why
I had such hope for this film, I don’t know. I was blindly praying that
someone would notice the talent in Giovanni, who plays a coke addicted
veterinarian in the film. I should’ve realized that it stars a man
who’s latest street cred includes AT&T phone commercials and this one tone wonder won’t add anything.The film, which is said to be “some alternative Looney Tune cartoon, one with porn stars, blow and gangsters” by film critic Marshall Fine of still peaks my interest and is on my list for a red box rental.