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Step Brothers was part of a run of classic comedies featuring Will Ferrell with director Adam McKay. Ferrell, McKay and the other co-star John C. Reilly wrote the film, and it had co-production by Judd Apatow. Ferrell and Reilly had already created a great working relationship from Talladega Nights released two years before. Like many other Ferrell movies this one is about older men who mentally have not progressed passed high school.
The movie focused upon Brennan Huff (Ferrell) and Dale Doback (Reilly) becoming step brothers when their parents Nancy Huff (Mary Steenburgen) and Robert Doback (Richard Jenkins) get married. At first, they truly hate each other. Then they bond over the fact that they both hate Brennan’s brother Dereck (Adam Scott). Afterward they get to play out their manchild fantasies together. Probably the two best scenes are when Brennan and Dale give a presentation on their entertaining company Prestige Worldwide featuring their song Boats and Hoes and then at the Catalina Wine Mixer Brennan sings the opera tune Por Ti Volare while Dale plays drums. Of course the conclusion when they show up at an elementary school is something to behold. At the end they learn that they can be adults while still keeping their inner child.
Again this was one of Ferrell’s top movies. There was no stop in the gags and jokes. C
The HDR treatment made the film pretty dim, with not many spectral highlights or noteworthy sequences, as the source material is pretty unremarkable. The Atmos track was solid and represented the dialogue-heavy film well, with the Catalina Wine Mixer music number being the best sequence overall. I love the movie, and this is the definitive version to watch, but dont have "4K, amazing, crazy" expectations.
There have been alot of depictions of male arrested development notably Pee-Wee Herman and the Chris Elliott character on TV's "Get a Life". "Step Brothers" doesn't break any comic ground but the laugh quotient here is pretty high even if it tends towards the vulgar and infantile. Credit stars Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly for mining this material for all it's worth. Ferrell has a spotty track record on screen but when teamed with Reilly he seems to get inspired. Not classic stuff but great Summertime low-think entertainment.
I like Step Brothers and I think Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly do a great job in this movie. It's pretty hilarious. Unfortunately, it's also somewhat uneven with some flat parts between really funny moments. Mary Steenburgen and Richard Jenkins do a great job as the parents of the "boys." The casting is terrific, the acting pretty good, the story beyond implausible, but that's why they call them "stupid" comedies, don't they? You'll laugh a lot. Recommended.
I have to post this review because my wife and I have starkly different tastes and she LOVES this movie. While watching it, she said the sleepwalking almost ruined the movie because it was too ridiculous. Really, THAT was the ridiculous part that almost lost you? Everything else was cool, but that part seemed a little too silly? I love my wife!!
The fact that its true. Kids living off mommy and daddy until there thirty and forty years old...not wanting to grow up and take responsibilities for themselves or their actions. (I know a few)This movie clearly shows the lackadaisical parent who really don't want to be to harsh with the dear little children (yes that was sarcasm) and bends to the point of breaking. Breaking out in laughter is something your going to be doing when you see this movie. Though its sad to think kids would hang on this long for a free hide it is nonetheless hysterical to watch. Oh well all in Fun!!
This movie definitely isn't for everyone. I thought it was hilarious, although very inappropriate. In typical Will Ferrell form, this movie is very tense at times, but the fact that he can pull off these jokes with a straight face is commendable. I would recommend this to anyone who is ready to laugh, but it's not a film for family movie night.
I had never heard about this movie, until my friend showed it to me one day. The first time I watched it, I laughed for some parts and thought it was ok. The more times I watched it, the more I laughed. Now I find myself quoting parts of the movie. Will Ferrell movies are sometimes hits and misses, but this one is definitely one of those hits.