I once suffered a devastating breakup in the middle of a viewing of "Anchorman" that left me emotionally unable to even watch it again for years. And I still think it's probably the funniest movie of the past 20 years.

Where have you gone, Mr. Anchorman?

I once suffered a devastating breakup in the middle of a viewing of "Anchorman" that left me emotionally unable to even watch it again for years. And I still think it's probably the funniest movie of the past 20 years.

So I had high hopes for the re-teaming of Will Ferrell and director Adam McKay in "The Other Guys." And apart from some gut-busting bursts, I was pretty disappointed.

Detective Allen Gamble (Ferrell) is a buttoned-up forensic accountant. Partner Terry Hoitz (Mark Wahlberg) is a brash former beat cop looking to reclaim his old glory after a public embarrassment.

They both work in the shadow of a pair of supercops (Samuel L. Jackson and Dwayne Johnson), but a big white-collar crime case gives Gamble and Hoitz a chance to shine. Hilarity ensues.

I can't say that "The Other Guys" doesn't have its great moments, but it's easily the weakest of Ferrell-McKay pairings, which also include "Talladega Nights" and "Step Brothers."

McKay gets too wrapped up in big action sequences and leaves far too many missed comedic possibilities. Ferrell is cruising on former charms, and I honestly expected Wahlberg's straight man to be a bit funnier.

Most of the movie feels like the deleted scenes from a much funnier movie. It's sporadically hilarious but generally a misfire.