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I've watched this comedy a couple of times now, once by myself and once with my wife and though I enjoyed the first half of the film both times I've also noticed, as did my spouse, that it seemed to lose it's edge and appeal in the second half.
The concept for the film, two sons that just can't leave the comfort of their parents home even in middle age are crammed together to become step brothers after the mother (on one side) and father (on the other) get together, is raised a notch by having the sons live together in the same room in "dad's" house. The sons behave as we might expect youngsters in the[...] range would, with a few adult concepts thrown in along the way. It works fairly humorously during the first part of the film, as there is friction between the would be brothers, and continues to work fairly well even as both boys find they have things in common and actually could be brothers to each other. Where it falls somewhat flat is when things get just a bit too bad for the boys and their parents in the later portion of the film. What was funny becomes mostly silly or tragic and just not as funny as it was before, especially in later viewings when you you've seen it all before and don't find yourself laughing as easily.
I originally went into viewing this film with low expectations and found myself enjoying the film quite nicely. Watching the second time, with my expectations not properly lowered, it wasn't as funny as during the first viewing and leaves me lowering the rating from a fairly optimistic 4 stars back to a bit more realistic 3 stars.
Will Ferrell fans, or fans of Apatow's films, would probably enjoy this film. Certainly Ferrell and John C. Reilly have great chemistry and are at ease playing off of each other and sharing time on the screen. They seem to make the best of a concept that would make a decent short film, but in stretching it to feature length the story seems to get weaker by the end, at least it seems that way after multiple viewings which leaves this more in the 'rent it' category, rather than being 'buy it' level.
A silly, but amusing film. Fans of Ferrell and Reilly will probably be more forgiving than the average viewer, who might find it hard to relate to two fully mature adult males acting like a couple of spoiled, pampered preteens. Well acted, but one wonders why any producer bothered. Surely these fine actors could have found a better storyline.