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I havent seen this movie in many years, but I grabbed this 4k edition and was able to spend a night watching it. Its incredibly stupid with a dumb premise but it is amazingly funny. I laughed a lot at this silly and dumb (genius) comedy. Movies like this dont get made these days because everyone is offended over everything so comedy today is distilled down to only approved jokes which lets be real the only thing you can do now is make fun of straight white men and women.
Step brothers though it from a time where pretty much anything goes. You can make fun of anyone or anything and be as absurd as you want and people just enjoyed it or didnt and life went on.
If you want a great escape from 2022 and the speech and thought police, then take advantage of picking up great comedies like this while you can. I watched the theatrical cut and all of the special features. The extended cut is also in 4K here but Ill watch it another night. The extras were just as funny as the movie and had me laughing pretty good as well.
I should begin by saying I consider myself a 'lady'. For the most part I try to hold my composure and have poise. Typically when a man in the room laughs at bare balls on our television screen I will roll my eyes. But this movie may have changed that. I was a teenager when it came out and went to watch it with my family. All I can remember is how hysterically loud my father and brother laughed throughout the entire film. My family is one of those families that gets in a movie theatre and angers all of the other families with their obnoxiously loud laughter. But during this movie everyone was laughing, so we fit right in. Even my mother, who refuses to even use a public bathroom (everything repulses her), was laughing at this film. It had parts where we were literally choking on our popcorn.
A few years later and I'm now buying this film for my boyfriend for his birthday (shhh, he doesn't know it yet). He hasn't seen it, but shares an uncanning resemblence to my father in the 'what's funny' department- so I'm assuming he'll be peeing himself by the time this is over. And I'm dieing in anticipation to watch it again. It's one of my favorite feel-good movies. If you have a teenage son or a husband who resembles a teenage son- this is an awesome gift. It's hysterical, crude, filled with manly humour, and yet somehow hilarious even from a woman's perspective. I'm literally laughing just thinking about this movie. I'm not kidding- I'm laughing aloud right now. And my boyfriend just asked 'Why?'. And I just told him 'You'll see.'. Because he'll see. Once he watches this movie he'll be laughing as he reminisces as well. And if you have the humour of a ten-year-old boy, or even a 'lady', you'll probably get a few giggles out of this film as well. I seriously have no idea how anyone could rate this under 5 stars. In my mind it's universally funny.
The team of Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly was a natural for this movie. They are both highly creative and hilarious on their own, but put them together and you have one of the funniest movies ever made.
Both are 40 year old stay-at-home-forever sons of single parents who meet and marry, making Ferrell and Reilly step-brothers, living in the same home, sharing the same room. They fight at first, and their fights are hilarious. Then they become best friends, and they are hilarious in that relationship. When the parents make them get jobs and move out, they go on interviews together that only those two could be so ridiculous and have you half-believing it happened like that.
There is a lot of swearing in this movie and a graphic male nudity part, also sexual parts where you don't actually see anything but it's obvious what they're doing. Definitely not for youngsters.
Dale Doback (John Reilly) and Brennan Huff (Will Ferrell) are both middle-aged men still living at home. After Brennan’s mom and Dale’s dad get married the two men meet for the first time. At first, there was hatred between the two, but after a Dale’s courageous act against the one they call Derek, things start to turn around for the two stepbrothers and they become best friends. However, their friendship wreaks havoc among their family and Dale’s dad forces them to apply for jobs and become responsible.
Will Ferrell and John Reilly’s performances with each other were great. This movie had high expectations after the two performed together in Talladega Nights, and it exceeded those expectations. Another interesting fact about the movie is most of it was unscripted, which is amazing that they could come up with the rich material that they did.
The most endearing quality of Step Brothers is that it does not try to be anything it isn't. It is a movie with two funny actors doing and saying ridiculous things. There were some materials that may go a little over the top, but that’s what makes it unique. For example, the fight scene that took place outside. Dale and Brennan got into a fight and by the time Robert (their dad) got home Brennan was using a bicycle and Dale was using a baseball bat as weapons. Things like that make this movie great and such an easier movie to quote as well.
I recommend this movie for anyone who is looking for a good laugh.
“Shaken, Not Stirred” Rating: 8.5/10
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Often, you see a preview that looks great and based on the preview you watch it. But often, the preview shows the only great scenes in the movie and afterward you regret watching it. I am happy to say that the incredibly funny R rated preview of Step Brothers show only a glimpse of this great movie. If you liked Wedding Crashers, you will love this movie. I don't give away plots in my review but I will say this has unique, in your face shockingly funny scenes that roll 1 after another. It has Will Ferrell at his idiot best, at least as good as he was in Anchorman - The Legend Of Ron Burgundy (Unrated Widescreen Edition). And surprisingly, Reilly holds his own. I will put it this way, if you like movies such as Good Luck Chuck (Unrated) [Blu-ray], Wedding Crashers [Blu-ray], Old School (Unrated Edition) [Blu-ray], Me, Myself & Irene [Blu-ray] or Road Trip (Unrated Edition), you will enjoy Step Brothers. If raunchy humor appeals to you only sometimes, you may want to rent it first.
Step Brothers takes the most hysterical route possible. I never really care for Will Ferrell before this, but he instantly became the funniest guy on earth while watching the first 10 minutes of this film. I still haven't seen the duo's previous film, but man are they a match made in heaven! Just when all of us youths thought comedies were predictable and unimpressive, Step Brothers comes out and changes the game completely. I'll compare it to other recent hilarious films like Judd Apatow's and company, but this by far is the most fun out of all of them. A perfectly pitched comedy, that literally couldn't be funnier.
Now since I displayed my passion for the movie, I'll que you in on the special features of the blu-ray. Top-notch my friend. Sony makes great blu-rays unlike Universal, and loads them up with significant segments and tolerable menus. Out of all the comedy blu-rays I own, this one had one of the best blu-ray set-ups. Other notable Blu-ray comedies that utilize blu-ray well would include The Hangover, Zack and Miri Make a Porno, and Pineapple Express. We want to see unique menus with accessable special features. Distributors should take notice of this blu-ray and develop their own movies similarily to the way this one was made.
There are a lot of movies I like but few I am in love with. I am in love with Step Brothers, and I could watch it over and over and over again. It's my favorite comedy, and I'm confident it will be yours. It impresses you with amazing improvisation and it knows excatly what you want as the audience, something that few comedies can really achieve. Step Brothers is surely a cult movie that will last throughout years and years. Notice it as the funniest movie of its decade.