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Step Brothers (2008)

  • Rate: 6.7/10 total 86,394 votes 
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Date: 25 July 2008 (USA)
  • Runtime: 98 min | 106 min (unrated version)
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Step Brothers (2008)


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  • IMDb page: Step Brothers (2008)
  • Rate: 6.7/10 total 86,394 votes 
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Date: 25 July 2008 (USA)
  • Runtime: 98 min | 106 min (unrated version)
  • Filming Location: 1987 Midwick Dr, Altadena, California, USA
  • Budget: $65,000,000(estimated)
  • Gross: $100,468,793(USA)(21 September 2008)
  • Director: Adam McKay
  • Stars: Will Ferrell, John C. Reilly and Mary Steenburgen
  • Original Music By: Jon Brion   
  • Soundtrack: You're on My Mind
  • Sound Mix: SDDS | DTS | Dolby Digital
  • Plot Keyword: Love | Slacker | Friendship | Sleepwalking | Tuxedo

Writing Credits By:

  • Will Ferrell (screenplay) &
  • Adam McKay (screenplay)
  • Will Ferrell (story) &
  • Adam McKay (story) &
  • John C. Reilly (story)

Known Trivia

  • Shipped to some theaters under the name “The Insane Team”.
  • The fake testicles that Will Ferrell used were worth around $20,000 and presented to him as a wrap present.
  • Playground bully Chris Gardocki is named after an NFL punter who played for the Chicago Bears, Indianapolis Colts, Cleveland Browns, and Pittsburgh Steelers.
  • Mary Steenburgen played Will Ferrell’s step mother in the Christmas film Elf. In this film Mary plays Will’s actual mother.
  • Director Adam McKay states on the commentary that they originally went to the island of Catalina for location searches and discovered that he did not really like the island. They instead shot on the coast and during several shots, the island of Catalina can be seen. McKay chose not to have it digitally edited out as a joke.
  • Will Ferrell does his own singing and John C. Reilly does his own drumming.
  • At one point, Will Ferrell’s character disguises himself as a Nazi to scare away possible buyers of their house. In the remake of The Producers, he played a fugitive Nazi.
  • The name of the high school which Brennan performs during the talent show and gets made fun of by Derek is “Great Valley High School” which is the name of the actual high school director Adam McKay attended.
  • The drum set that band Uptown Girl uses at the party is the same drum set that belongs to Dale.
  • Brennan says he smoked pot with Johnny Hopkins and Sloan Kettering. There is a Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York which is also mentioned in the lyrics to the opening song “A-Punk” by the New York band Vampire Weekend. And although it’s not exactly called “Johnny,” the famous Johns Hopkins hospital is in Baltimore.

Goofs: Factual errors: When Derek gets his golf club at the Prestige Worldwide premier, he say's he got a Callaway 3-wood, but in reality, he got a driver, which is a much larger golf club.

Plot: Two aimless middle-aged losers still living at home are forced against their will to become roommates when their parents get married. Full summary »  »

Story: Brennan Huff and Dale Doback are both about 40 when Brennan's mom and Dale's dad marry. The sons still live with the parents so they must now share a room. Initial antipathy threatens the household's peace and the parents' relationship. Dad lays down the law: both slackers have a week to find a job. Out of the job search and their love of music comes a pact that leads to friendship but more domestic disarray compounded by the boys' sleepwalking. Hovering nearby are Brennan's successful brother and his lonely wife: the brother wants to help sell his step-father's house, the wife wants Dale's attention, and the newlyweds want to retire and sail the seven seas. Can harmony come from the discord?Written by <>  


Synopsis: Brennan Huff (Ferrell) is a sporadically employed thirty-nine-year-old loser who lives with his mother, Nancy (Mary Steenburgen). Dale Doback (Reilly) is a terminally unemployed forty-year-old who lives with his father, Robert (Richard Jenkins). When Robert and Nancy get married and move in together, Brennan and Dale are forced to live with each other as step brothers. They immediately don’t like each other. Dale warns Brennan not to touch his drum set or else (Brennan feels tempted to do this). Soon after, Brennan finally plays on Dale’s drum set and leaves the room before he can return. Dale enters the room and notices a chip on one of his drumsticks and confronts Brennan about it. Brennan denies this and a fight breaks out between the two after Brennan vows and makes good on his promise to "rub my nutsack on your drumset". The fight ends as Dale and Brennan strike each other at the same time with a bat and a golf club. The parents declare that the irresponsible men should find jobs or else they’re out of the house. Later on, Brennan’s very successful but mean brother Derek (Adam Scott) comes to visit with his family. As Brennan and Dale hide in Dale’s tree house, Derek comes to mock Brennan and Dale. Angered by Derek, Dale punches Derek in the face. Brennan is in awe that Dale did something to Derek that he always wanted to do. After this occurred, Derek’s long-suffering wife Alice (Kathryn Hahn) finds it arousing that Dale punched Derek, becoming infatuated with him. Both men eventually realize that they have a lot in common, and become best friends.

They take job interviews at which they perform quite poorly. Walking home, Brennan and Dale decide to start their own company called "Prestige Worldwide" and encounter kids that beat up Dale on a regular basis. The kids beat up Dale and Brennan and force them to lick dog feces. At home, the parents reveal that Derek is selling the house. Dale and Brennan sabotage Derek’s plans by dressing as bad neighbors (a Klansman and a nazi respectively) and pretending Brennan had died in front of the buyers. Soon they create a music video to promote their singing talents being shot on Robert’s boat and show it to the parents, Derek, and others at Derek’s birthday party. The video reveals that the boat was crashed into rocks and Robert punishes them.

During Christmas time, the boys sleepwalk and attack Robert after he wakes them up. Angered by this, Robert forces himself to divorce Nancy and put all the blame on them. Dale and Brennan blame each other for the divorce and go back to hating each other. They go their separate ways as they both get apartments. Brennan starts working for Derek and Dale becomes a caterer. At a sales party for helicopters, the Catalina Wine Mixer (arranged by Brennan), the family meets again just as the band quits due to a heckler. Robert realizes that the boys are miserable and tells them to be themselves again and go for their dream. Brennan and Dale go on stage as Prestige Worldwide and with Brennan’s singing, the parents and Derek have a change of character. Robert and Nancy fall in love again and Derek regains the love for his brother. Since this, Dale and Brennan have become a successful karaoke duo. Robert and Nancy get married again and move back into the house with a new tree house made from the destroyed boat just for Dale and Brennan.

During the end credits Brennan and Dale arrive in a helicopter and exact their revenge on the kids by beating them up.


FullCast & Crew

Produced By:

  • Judd Apatow known as producer
  • Joshua Church known as co-producer (as Josh Church)
  • Jessica Elbaum known as associate producer
  • Andrew Epstein known as associate producer
  • Will Ferrell known as executive producer
  • David B. Householter known as executive producer (as David Householter)
  • Adam McKay known as executive producer
  • Jimmy Miller known as producer

FullCast & Crew:

  • Will Ferrell known as Brennan Huff
  • John C. Reilly known as Dale Doback
  • Mary Steenburgen known as Nancy Huff
  • Richard Jenkins known as Dr. Robert Doback
  • Adam Scott known as Derek
  • Kathryn Hahn known as Alice
  • Andrea Savage known as Denise
  • Lurie Poston known as Tommy
  • Elizabeth Yozamp known as Tiffany
  • Logan Manus known as Chris Gardoki
  • Travis T. Flory known as Redheaded Kid (as Travis Flory)
  • Lili Rose McKay known as 7-Year-Old Girl (as Lili McKay)
  • Shira Piven known as Nurse
  • Seth Morris known as Doctor
  • Wayne Federman known as Blind Man
  • Maria Quiban known as TV Anchor
  • Danielle Schneider known as Receptionist
  • Gillian Vigman known as Pam Gringe
  • Brian Huskey known as Interviewer
  • Adam McKay known as Man without Glasses
  • Seth Rogen known as Sporting Goods Manager
  • Chris Henchy known as First Homebuyer
  • Mary Catherine Hamelin known as First Homebuyer
  • Ian Roberts known as Male Therapist
  • Erica Vittina Phillips known as Second Homebuyer
  • Phil LaMarr known as Second Homebuyer
  • Rob Riggle known as Randy
  • Jason Davis known as TJ
  • Paula Killen known as Rental Agent
  • Ken Jeong known as Employment Agent
  • Horatio Sanz known as Lead Singer
  • Kyle Felts known as Wine Mixer Heckler
  • Jake Szymanski known as Caterer
  • Matt Walsh known as Drunk Corporate Guy
  • Dmitri Schuyler-Linch known as 6-Year-Old Derek
  • Bryce Hurless known as 9-Year-Old Brennan
  • Brent White known as Therapy Patient
  • Steve Silverie known as Donnie Huff
  • Don Abernathy known as Upscale Businessman (uncredited)
  • Erin Affourtit known as Online Store Clerk (uncredited)
  • Jeffrey Ashkin known as Catalina Wine Mixer Guest (uncredited)
  • Pete Brown known as Helicopter Pilot (uncredited)
  • Troy Butcher known as Football Player (uncredited)
  • Jeremy Clark known as Derek's Football Buddy (uncredited)
  • John D. Crawford known as Bekins Mover (uncredited)
  • Krystal Ellsworth known as Featured Dancer (uncredited)
  • Charlie Gelbart known as Helicopter Girl (uncredited)
  • Tommy Gerrits known as Boy in Park (uncredited)
  • Larry Goldstein known as Maitre D' (uncredited)
  • Carol Ilku known as Shop Owner (uncredited)
  • Amanda Lee Jacoby known as Student Back in the 80's (uncredited)
  • Christopher Karl Johnson known as Wedding Guest / Dancer (uncredited)
  • Breaunna Lake known as Student (uncredited)
  • Michelle Lenhardt known as Upscale Shopper (uncredited)
  • Tara Macken known as High School Gymnast (uncredited)
  • Kate Ociepka known as Girl in Playground (uncredited)
  • Debbie Prokop known as Wine Mixer Guest / Dancer (uncredited)
  • Jarrod Robbins known as Bartender (uncredited)
  • Erinn Selkis known as Helicopter Girl (uncredited)
  • Laimarie Serrano known as TJ's Wife (uncredited)
  • Micah Sudduth known as Mangina Chior Boy (uncredited)



Supporting Department

Makeup Department:
  • Simone Almekias-Siegl known as key makeup artist
  • Steve Artmont known as makeup department head
  • Nanci Cascio known as key hair stylist (as Nanci L. Cascio)
  • Bridget Cook known as hair department head
  • Toby Lamm known as additional make-up
  • J.D. Bowers known as prosthetics lab technician: W.M. Creations Inc. (uncredited)
  • J.D. Bowers known as prosthetics sculptor: W.M. Creations Inc. (uncredited)
  • Adam Brandy known as additional makeup artist (uncredited)
  • Matthew W. Mungle known as prosthetic supplier (uncredited)
  • Tina Sims known as assistant hair stylist (uncredited)
  • Clinton Wayne known as special makeup effects artist (uncredited)

Art Department:

  • David Becerra known as art department coordinator
  • Margaret Campbell known as assistant art director
  • Glenn Forbes known as assistant property master
  • Carmine Goglia known as stand-by painter
  • Lee J. Jashinsky known as painter
  • Scott Maginnis known as property master
  • Brook Mansbridge known as construction foreman
  • Mark Sakamoto known as leadman
  • Bill Taliaferro known as set designer
  • James E. Tocci known as set designer
  • Charles Vassar known as set designer (as Charlie Vassar)
  • Butch West known as construction coordinator
  • Andrew Campbell known as graphic designer (uncredited)
  • Eric Coon known as carpenter (uncredited)
  • Robert Danté Denne known as paint supervisor (uncredited)
  • Adam Deyoe known as art assistant (uncredited)
  • Marc L. Fusco known as art department coordinator (uncredited)
  • Erick Garibay known as assistant props (uncredited)
  • Tommy Gutman known as assistant props (uncredited)
  • Phillip A. Henry known as gang boss (uncredited)
  • John Herbert known as painter (uncredited)
  • Alex Hill known as illustrator (uncredited)
  • Alex Hill known as storyboard artist (uncredited)
  • Steven Curtis Husch known as set decoration buyer (uncredited)
  • Monique Landry known as on-set dresser (uncredited)
  • Kurt Miller known as carpenter foreman (uncredited)
  • Lanie Mimikakis known as props (uncredited)
  • Steven O'Bannon known as labor foreman (uncredited)
  • Brieann Rich known as construction medic (uncredited)
  • Jack White known as food stylist (uncredited)
  • Eric Yamamoto known as art department assistant (uncredited)




Production Companies:

  • Columbia Pictures (presents)
  • Relativity Media (in association with)
  • Apatow Productions
  • Mosaic Media Group
  • Gary Sanchez Productions

Other Companies:

  • Central Casting  extras casting
  • Chapman/Leonard Studio Equipment  camera dollies
  • Chapman/Leonard Studio Equipment  hydrascope telescoping crane arm
  • Chapman/Leonard Studio Equipment  stabilized remote camera systems
  • Direct Tools & Fasteners  expendables
  • Executive Assurance  security
  • Film Art  artwork
  • Filmtools  expendables
  • Gala Catering  catering
  • Movie Movers  hair and make-up trailers
  • Movie Movers  production trailers
  • Movie Movers  star trailers
  • On Tour Productions  grip and lighting equipment
  • Panavision  cameras and lenses
  • Paramount Transportation Services  transportation services
  • Performing Animal Troupe  animals provided by
  • Picture Mill, The  titles
  • Reel Team, The  loop group
  • Sony Pictures Stock Footage  stock footage
  • Sony Pictures Studios  sound post-production
  • Star Waggons  cast trailers
  • Technicolor Digital Intermediates  digital intermediate


  • Columbia Pictures (2008) (USA) (theatrical)
  • Sony Pictures Releasing (2008) (UK) (theatrical)
  • Buena Vista Sony Pictures Releasing (BVSPR) (2008) (Russia) (theatrical)
  • B and H Films (2008) (Ukraine) (theatrical)
  • Sena (2008) (Iceland) (theatrical)
  • Sony Pictures Releasing (2008) (Germany) (theatrical)
  • Sony Pictures Releasing (2008) (Singapore) (theatrical)
  • Forum (2008) (Latvia) (theatrical)
  • AcmeFilm (2008) (Lithuania) (theatrical)
  • Sony Pictures Releasing Canada (2008) (Canada) (theatrical)
  • Sony Pictures Releasing (2008) (France) (theatrical)
  • Sony Pictures Releasing (2008) (Sweden) (theatrical)
  • Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures (2008) (Switzerland) (theatrical)
  • LK-TEL (2009) (Argentina) (DVD)
  • RTL Entertainment (2011) (Netherlands) (TV) (RTL7)
  • Sony Pictures Entertainment (2009) (Japan) (DVD)
  • Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (2009) (Greece) (DVD)
  • Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (2009) (Netherlands) (DVD)
  • Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (2008) (USA) (DVD)
  • Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (2008) (USA) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • Sony Pictures Releasing (2009) (Argentina) (all media)
  • Universal Pictures Finland Oy (2009) (Finland) (DVD)
  • fX Network (2010) (USA) (TV)



Other Stuff

Special Effects:

  • Zoic Studios (visual effects)

Visual Effects by:

  • Akemi Abe known as main titles
  • Jon Anastasiades known as digital compositor
  • Raoul Bolognini known as visual effects producer: Zoic Studios (as Raoul Yorke Bolognini)
  • Greg Groenekamp known as compositor: Zoic Studios
  • Diana Hinek known as compositor: Zoic Studios
  • Deke Kincaid known as compositor: Zoic Studios
  • Jason Monroe known as cg modeller: Zoic Studios
  • Nathan Overstrom known as compositor: Zoic Studios (as Nate Overstrom)
  • Rocco Passionino known as visual effects supervisor: Zoic Studios
  • Bethany Pederson Onstad known as compositor: Zoic Studios (as Bethany Pederson)
  • Nik Slotiuk known as cg artist
  • Philip Williams known as visual effects coordinator: Zoic Studios
  • Roy Yang known as digital compositor (as Jianru Yang)
  • Zachariah Zaubi known as compositor: Zoic Studios (as Zach Zabui)
  • Dave Isaac Santos Abuel known as digital compositor (uncredited)
  • Riley Benard known as digital compositor: Zoic Studios B.C. (uncredited)
  • Kristen Branan known as head of production: Zoic Studios (uncredited)
  • Mike Diltz known as digital compositor (uncredited)
  • Ben Funk known as digital compositor (uncredited)
  • Nick Hsieh known as compositor: Zoic Studios (uncredited)
  • Patrick Mooney known as visual effects producer: Zoic Studios Vancouver (uncredited )
  • Patrick Mooney known as visual effects producer: Zoic Studios (uncredited)
  • Nicholas Onstad known as digital artist (uncredited)
  • Mark Robben known as digital compositor (uncredited)
  • Sean Tompkins known as visual effects coordinator (uncredited)
  • Caleb Wagner known as visual effects (uncredited)

Release Date:

  • Canada 25 July 2008
  • USA 25 July 2008
  • Aruba 27 August 2008
  • Barbados 27 August 2008
  • Guyana 27 August 2008
  • Jamaica 27 August 2008
  • Netherlands Antilles 27 August 2008
  • Ireland 29 August 2008
  • UK 29 August 2008
  • Russia 4 September 2008
  • Ukraine 4 September 2008
  • Iceland 5 September 2008
  • Germany 11 September 2008
  • Singapore 11 September 2008
  • Estonia 12 September 2008
  • Venezuela 12 September 2008
  • Philippines 17 September 2008 (limited)
  • Australia 18 September 2008
  • Latvia 19 September 2008
  • Lithuania 19 September 2008
  • Portugal 25 September 2008
  • Mexico 26 September 2008
  • Panama 26 September 2008
  • Belgium 1 October 2008
  • Sweden 3 October 2008
  • Norway 10 October 2008
  • Israel 14 October 2008
  • Peru 16 October 2008
  • Brazil 24 October 2008
  • Italy 24 October 2008
  • Turkey 24 October 2008
  • Austria 31 October 2008
  • Spain 31 October 2008
  • France 19 November 2008
  • Denmark 21 November 2008
  • Japan 28 January 2009 (DVD premiere)
  • Netherlands 3 February 2009 (DVD premiere)
  • Hungary 5 February 2009 (DVD premiere)
  • Argentina 3 March 2009 (DVD premiere)
  • Finland 11 March 2009 (DVD premiere)
  • Switzerland 13 August 2010 (Locarno Film Festival)

MPAA: Rated R for crude and sexual content, and pervasive language



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  1. jaredmobarak from buffalo, ny, usa
    30 Mar 2012, 6:09 pm

    I never in my wildest dreams thought I'd ever utter these words about aWill Ferrell vehicle, especially one with Adam McKay ascollaborator—besides that Pearl video The Landlord on the internet lastyear—but here it is. Step Brothers is an absolutely hilarious film.From end to end, I don't remember the last time I've laughed this hard,without stop. This is what Ferrell needs to do, no more of thosebio-spoofs of idiots that fall flat due to their tired joke. He isunstoppable as a part of an ensemble when he doesn't have to be thecenter of attention for an hour and half. The guy is obnoxious, andwhile funny, the more freedom he gets, the more annoying he is. Havinga guy like John C. Reilly to play off of helps rein him in and give theaudience a break, allowing the jokes to breath and not become stifledby the monotony of his schtick. Like Old School before it, Ferrellkills in smaller doses. He has shown me that ability again here andwhereas I won't even keep Anchorman or Talladega Nights on screen whenflipping through the television, I seriously can't wait to revisit thisone again.

    There is no bloated plot involved or even a love interest to distractfrom the comedy like the previous two "Everyman" entries in theFerrell/McKay tag team's canon. I do believe that is the mostrefreshing aspect here; they finally see that you don't need acontrived romantic bent to be successful, we as an audience don't needto see the schlubby guy get the attractive girl, that is a cliché usedway too often. We go to see a film like this to be entertained and tocause us to wet our pants with unstoppable laughter. As a result thereare no lulls as even when the two stars begin to see how they mustshape up and become adults for once, the awkwardness brings the laughsas well.

    Step Brothers isn't winning any Oscars any time soon. With a premiseinvolving the union of two older professionals, both of whom have40-year old sons still living at home, devoid of responsibility, andlacking serious occupations, what do you really expect? Nancy Huff,(Mary Steenburgen showing that she is still around Hollywood), andRobert Doback, (Richard Jenkins letting his funny side out tocomplement the wonderful dramatic turn he gave in this year's TheVisitor), are in love and perfect for one another. Their sons,unbeknownst to them at first, are also soulmates in the best friendplatonic way. Completely the same person, right down to the hidingthings in the kitchen while sleepwalking at night, Brennan and Dale arechildren trapped in adult bodies who waited forty years to be broughttogether. The chemistry between Ferrell and Reilly is unstoppable onscreen, they are having fun, they must be improvising, and truthfullynot a second falls flat.

    With so many gags, one would think it'd all seem a bit disparate andthrown together, but the filmmakers and stars have sewn everything upnicely. You want a rap video that is the most offensive thing you'llhear all year? Get Brennan and Dale to create a music talent agency.You want an a cappella rendition of Guns N' Roses? Give Brennan acocky, pompous brother who can afford singing/voice listens for hisentire family—absolutely priceless, and Adam Scott kills in this role,"Pow!". You need some gratuitous fake nudity? Give Ferrell a chance torub his genitalia on Reilly's drumset. Check, check, and check. Theseguys cover all their bases, not to mention the swearing quota. I amsurprised that they approved an R-rating here because it is so vulgar.The fact that a couple lines from the trailer didn't make the final cutshows that the actors must have improvised and done multiple takes ofeach scene. As a result, I'm sure they all tried to be as creativelycrass as they could and to fantastic result. Some of the gems that spewforth ever so naturally are one-liners that will be repeated over andover again.

    Really, it is these vulgarities that make the film that much moreenjoyable to me. I think that McKay and Ferrell took a page out of theApatow machine's book realizing a hard-R can and will sell. No oneholds back at all, some of the sarcasm even makes the characters crybecause it is so harsh. I love this aspect as it plays into the factthat these are 8-year old adults. Their excess of childlike exuberanceand simplicity of mind and life—and let's not forget the way theirparents react by either screaming and going to the Cheesecake Factorybar or coddling them as only a mother can do—adds to the absurdity ofthe situation and the laughs. Dale and Brennan fight, bicker, andeventually do everything together because they aren't juststepbrothers, no they are brothers for life in terms of their internalmakeup. Think you and your sibling growing up in grade school, multiplythat to the nth degree in terms of sex, violence, and language, andmaybe you will be able to imagine what's in store for you once you sitdown at the theatre. Just don't forget to stay after the first shortrun of end credits as the best jungle gym park brawl ever is awaitingyou. Those kids didn't even have a chance.

  2. Dean_Jenkins from United Kingdom
    30 Mar 2012, 6:09 pm

    I watched step brothers yesterday for the second time after purchasingit on DVD. For me this is always the tough test when it comes tocomedy. I watched it at a packed cinema which as you know in itself canmake a film ultimately funny without being so. But i have to say thisfilm still delivered the goods so well.

    First up this film is STUPID it is ridiculous but it's a comedy withWill Ferrell in it what did you honestly expect?! But my god it's funnyit really is hilarious Ferrell and Reilly make an awesome on screenteam and the comedy moments just bounce off one an other , each manjust helps make the others role as funny as it could have been.

    It gives you hilarious jokes , stupidly funny scenes , it's one ofthose comedy's that so so often tries to catch you off guard and everytime it absolutely nails it!

    And underneath all the stupidity bonds are formed , compassion is foundand what really matters in life is discovered. You almost feel as ifyou've learnt a little something

    It's one of my personal favourite comedy movies and goes up there withsome of the greats (Blazing Saddles , Burn After Reading , Superbad ,Knocked Up , Anchorman etc.)

  3. Scars_Remain from United States
    30 Mar 2012, 6:09 pm

    I have been getting a lot of mixed reviews about this movie. Somepeople love it, some people hate it, some people are just plain grossedout by it. I'm in the love it category. There were a few unnecessarygross out scenes but the rest of it is just awesome straight forwardcomedy.

    John C. Reilly and Will Ferrell are amazing. I also loved TalladegaNights so it was great too see them as co-actors again. The story isridiculous, there's no doubt about that, but it's really fun and I feltit moved along very well. I was also laughing out loud at the humor inthis movie. There are so many spot on jokes and so many quotable lines.

    See this one if you're a fan of films like Talladega Nights, Superbadand Walk Hard. I think you'll find that is quite a bit to love aboutit.

  4. ruelland from Canada
    30 Mar 2012, 6:09 pm

    It's taken four or five films, but it seems like Hollywood has run ofout occupations for Will Ferrell to have while he acts like a manchild. From anchorman to NASCAR driver and some other sports, theapparent remedy of this problem comes in Step Brothers: make him ajobless man child. Oh, and have two of him this time and get John C.Reilly to play the other. That's the basic set up for this, Ferrell'sthird collaboration with "Anchorman" and "Talladega Nights" directorAdam McKay, a tired, annoying, and sometimes cringe inducing display ofthe same shtick you've seen many times before.

    The movie follows Dale (Reilly) and Brennan (Ferrell), two single,unemployable 40 year old losers who still live at home with theirsingle parents (played by Mary Steenburgen and Richard Jenkins, twovery good actors that don't have much to work with). When said parentshook up and eventually marry, the two find themselves under the sameroof and an hour and a half of them screaming and getting hurt ensue.The two despise each other at first, but eventually become friends,especially when their parents grow tired of their immaturity and forcethem to try and get jobs. This sets the stage for what essentiallyboils down to a series of sketches. One supposedly funny situationafter the next that the boys find themselves in, barely connecting toform a plot at all, let alone something overly funny. Set piecesinclude Brennan's diabolically cruel younger brother, his crazy wifewho finds herself infatuated with Dale, a street brawl with some gradeschool children, and a rap video (groan). Like previous McKay outings,this movie is a gag a minute, throwing out a lot of things, most ofthem missing the mark.

    To deride the humor as stupid is incredibly pointless. That's what oneis expecting with movies like these, and even people who loved thismovie would freely admit that it's stupid. The "stupid" factor of thehumor isn't even my major problem with it. I've enjoyed movies likeAnchorman and the indefensible Kung Pow: Enter the Fist, but there hasto be some kind of wacky and over the top charm to a film's stupidityin order for me to be on board. Not only are Dale and Brennanun-charming, they're barely even likable, and even a little creepy.Seeing these men scream obscenities, beat the crap out of each other,act like children and destroy the lives of those around them wears thinvery quickly without any charm acting as support. The film also suffersfrom a degree of unoriginality, nothing is recycled directly from theprevious McKay movies, but I couldn't shake off the feeling that I'veseen this all before, or that McKay and Ferrell weren't even reallytrying anymore.

    Ferrell and Reilly are gifted actors, and have proved in past filmsthat they can be funny, but they have nothing to do here but repeat thesame joke over and over again. Dale and Brennan are moronic man sizedchildren, look at how stupid and childish they act, etc. etc. I'd beliar if I said the film was devoid of any laughs, because it doesdeliver some, but they just feel cheap, coming solely from Ferrell orReilly's tone of voice or facial expressions, and not from goodwriting. You also get the feeling that, if nothing else, the actors arehaving a good time, which keeps the film from being something trulyterrible. I'm also a sucker for randomness, and it succeeded at makingme crack a smile a few times because of it. But the majority of thejokes just don't work; coming off as McKay trying to be as immature andsenseless as possible (think Ferrell rubbing his balls on a drum kit isfunny? Then you're in luck).

    The supporting characters don't help much either, most acting as onenote and unlikable as the step brothers themselves. Brennan's brotherand his wife try to be so frantically funny you feel like patting themon the back and saying "You came on a little strong". Steenburgen andJenkins try their best, but as mentioned, they simply have zeromaterial to work with, forced to simply act as straight-men to Dale andBrennan's idiocy. Until, of course, the movie finally decides to havesome sort of conflict and makes the parents fed up with them,eventually resolving in conclusion just as asinine as the rest of thefilm. By that point I couldn't have cared about the characters anyless.

    The film is bad, but not terrible. It's far too uninspired to get thatstrong of a reaction from me. It is simply McKay and Ferrell reusingtheir tried and tested formula once again, and failing completely in anattempt to capture any real sense of comedy or fun. If you loved theother movies made in this vein, then you'll surely like this too. Ifyou find yourself tiring of Ferrell with each release, then saveyourself some time and skip it, because "Step Brothers" will probablybe the film that'll break the camel's back. Then fart on it orsomething.

  5. C G from United States
    30 Mar 2012, 6:09 pm

    This was quite a funny movie. Of course the entire premise is utterlyridiculous, two "grown men" ages 39 and 40, still job-less, living withtheir parents? It seemed to me that these two guys acted like 9year-olds, but that is what makes it funny. I think this movie was evenfunnier than Talladega Nights, Ferrell & Reilly's first collaboration.

    There was a very thin and outrageous plot, but it lent itself to tonsof improvisation, and in turn creating some of the ridiculous scenes,circumstances, and dialog. And seeing Mary Steenburgen curse like asailor was hysterical. Ferrell and Reilly both play their characters tothe hilt, as does Adam Scott, the evil younger brother, and his insanewife played by Kathryn Hahn. Overall there is an equal amount ofslapstick, dialog, and potty humor (well okay, probably a bit heavieron the potty humor).

    Though the movie itself is very hysterical, there are also some equallygood bloopers, cut scenes, etc. on the DVD bonus materials. These areas hysterical as the movie was. I highly recommend renting the DVD andwatching the extra features.

  6. weeezmcgeeez-1 from United States
    30 Mar 2012, 6:09 pm

    It's safe to say that the hilarity and stupidity of Ferrell andReilly's characters in this movie was pretty close to perfect. Youmight think they're creepy and just too pathetic, but it's a giventhat's what they were going for. You'll be close to crying when it'sall said and done feeling as though you laughed through the wholething. This movie was certainly a great way for Will Ferrell to stepback from his non-stop drunk and over the top characters, and tofinally play opposite someone as funny as he is. And in a Rated-R film,no less.

    Brennan Huff's (Ferrel) brother in the film played the successful andinsulting jerk to Ferrel's and Reilly's character. His role could'vebeen a little less obvious with his cruel characteristics and not sosudden and constant with his remarks. Other than that, however, therereally wasn't any other flaws in the characters or story that wouldmake anybody leave the theater or quick watching.

    The outrageous dialog between the Step Brothers was comedy at itsfinest. If it wasn't a joke, but simple dialog, it would still getplenty of laughs, all because of the delivery. Director, Adam McKaycouldn't have done better with this film. It is a must-see, noquestion.

  7. Scott-101 from arlington, va
    30 Mar 2012, 6:09 pm

    There's a difference between Step Brothers and Baby Mama. Step Brothersis not up to par with the best work of the Will Ferrell-Adam McKaywriting team, but it is not like Baby Mama in the sense that it hasmade me lost faith in the brand. Many critics seem to not know thedifference. Bob Hope and Bing Crosby made 7 films together. Wouldcritics have given this film a bigger pass if Will Ferrell and John CReiley's film were called Talladega Nights II? What I'm getting it is Ithought this film was plenty funny and certainly inventive enough. Infact, I stayed in the theater and watched it twice. The big stars ofthe film are not John C Reilly and Will Ferrell but Mary Steenburgenand Richard Jenkins for holding down straight faces and beingconvincing as a loving dad and a loving mom of such silly characters.You could insert the characters played by Jenkins and Steenburgen intosomething like Cheaper by the Dozen or Gilmore Girls and it would stillpretty much work.

  8. Lawrence Griffin from United States
    30 Mar 2012, 6:09 pm

    I hate this movie. It is degrading to the intelligence of anyone whoactually condescends to watching it, it offers nothing of worth in anycategory and it loses itself in a festering ball of pathetic, sorryass-felching crap that I would rather have a root canal than watchagain. It's about two thirty or forty year old guys who live with theirsingle parents. When the parents end up meeting at a businessconference of sorts, the two men are forced to try and get along. Well,they don't, and what follows is a gamut of immature genitalia jokes,farting jokes, masturbation jokes and, to top it all off, WillFerrell's balls rubbing on a drum set. I swear I'm not making that up.

    So, yeah, the jokes are by far the worst part. Will Ferrell had a handin writing this screenplay, and to that I say, don't let this man touchany more scripts. Seriously, this is awful. Do you still think jokesabout penises and masturbating are hilarious? Do you like watchinggrown men cry and shout curses at each other at the top of their lungs?Well, then, you're a disgrace to humanity, and this movie is for you!Every moment of this godforsaken piece of cinematic bowel cancer isjust painful, every last minute of it. It's clear that there is a storytrying to happen here, but when you have dialogue about wanting someoneto crawl into your vagina and live there, well, it's a bit hard to letit blossom. I swear, I'm not making that up, either.

    The worst part about this movie is that our two main characters aresupposed to be likable, more so than Will Ferrell's brother character,played by Adam Scott. The brother is made out to be a horrible,obnoxious and rude person who takes pleasure in talking down to andhumiliating his older brother, who, if I might remind you, is fortyyears old and living at home. Yeah, this movie wants us to feel sorryfor Will Ferrell and his new buddy, but the problem is that they'reeven worse and more asinine than the brother is! It doesn't work as aninspirational coming-of-age story not just because the two charactersare already OF age, but because we don't like the two main characters!They're insipid, shallow, rude assholes and I just wanted to shoot themfor the better part of the story. It doesn't work as a comedy becausenothing is funny, it's just sad.

    Yeah, and there's one part where they try to bury each other alive,which is where the movie officially hits an all time low. It's likesomething you'd read out of a tabloid newspaper column after you'vealready read through everything worth reading. Or maybe like somethingoff of one of the online 'weird news' categories. It's pathetic, andall it really does is make you embarrassed to still be watching thismovie.

    So then we get the end of the movie, which turns things around and seesthe two guys reforming themselves and starting to live real lives. Itis kind of nice, at least as an apology for the rest of theinsufferable crap on here, but in the context of the movie? It's liketwo completely different films mashed together, and it's even kind ofinsulting that a movie that features insurmountable levels of grotesqueand puerile farces against the film industry's integrity would actuallytry to have, in the same movie as the dialogue about crawling into awoman's vagina, a "moment" between the two brothers. Yes, we'reexpected now to put down our barf bags and pick up a tissue box. Goodgod.

    Well, I don't buy it. This movie is wretched. It is unpleasant, it isunfunny and most of all it is mostly unwatchable. I've never seenanything quite so shameless. This whole movie is actively detestableand hateable. Never before have I seen a movie that made me feel quitethis dirty. If you think this movie is funny then you have terribletaste in comedy. Utterly worthless tripe on every level.

  9. joestank15 from United States
    30 Mar 2012, 6:09 pm

    Step Brothers – Two 40 year old men (Will Ferrel and John C. Reily) wholive with their single parents find those parents become married. Thetwo men hate each other but soon find themselves becoming friends. Theythen learn to grow up.

    Really, the usual thin plot premise has worked in other movies thatJudd Apatow has had anything to do with remotely (producer) butseriously. This movie has almost no plot. It would have worked tentimes better as a sketch on a comedy show (and did. Am I the only onewho has seen Mr. Show with Bob and David?) than as a two hour longmovie.

    I have enjoyed both men's comedic and dramatic talents in the past, butafter their most recent effort together: Talledega Nights, a movie thatwas tiresome and largely unfunny, who thought it was a good idea tobring them back together? Oh that's right, Adam McKay, the guy whodirected and wrote that movie and also directed and wrote this one(There was a script? Really?). It felt like amateur hour at an imrovclub. Occasionally something funny gets said or done, but you have towait through a lot of crude, unfunny crap inbetween.

    Reilly seems to have abandoned subtlety in comedy altogether. Ferrellplays an even bigger dumber lout than usual, still mistaking screamingfor comedy. They are beyond quirky to the point of being cartoons. Makethat cartoons you feel kind of bad for. Only Adam Scott comes out ofthis retaining his dignity as the sort of evil other brother toFerrell's character. Seth Rogen shows up for a cameo scene to remind ushow people can seem like real characters and still be funny.

    Yes I love Anchorman, but I'm beginning to think that McKay is like acomedic M. Night Shymalan. He had one good movie in him. Period. Thebar for taste could not honestly get lowered. There were some surpriselaughs once in awhile, but I was considering leaving about half-waythrough..Once the "rift where the characters learn about growing up"occurs, McKay tries to squeeze this monstrosity into the cliché comedymold, and it all feels even more awkward. Like only then they realizedhow ridiculous and unfunny it all was. The cartoons try to becomeactual people, and it's all just too painful. There is one brightlight: Ferrell can actually sing (which I already knew from TheProducers). Did we need to go through an entire movie to see it?Painfully dumb, Step Brothers gets a D+

  10. spgarner from United States
    30 Mar 2012, 6:09 pm

    Will Farrell tea bagging a drum set is not funny. John C. Reilly inbicycle shorts or a Chewbacca mask is not funny. The two starspulverizing a playground full of eleven-year-olds is also, you guessedit, not funny. In fact, it is desperate and pathetic.

    It is small consolation that one of the egregious scenes in the movietakes place after the credits roll. Unfortunately though, the aislesand exits at the theatre I saw Step Brothers at were clogged withspectators who, beyond any intelligible reason as far as I can tell,were amused enough by the first 100 minutes to stick around for theencore, so I was stuck.

    I find it necessary to qualify my above remarks, as well as those Ihave not yet written down, by saying I do not object to raunchy,low-brow humor. Any one of the images mentioned in the lead of thisreview could have been as funny as the pie scene in American Pie or thetesticle/zipper shot in There's Something About Mary. But there needsto be some context and perhaps a little motivation as well. We need toknow why something is funny, and understand how it fits in with theworld its movie occupies. The images themselves do not suffice, nomatter how shocking or disgusting.

    If you are not yet familiar with the general set-up of Step Brothersthrough the movie's excessively aggressive and ubiquitous marketingcampaign, it is rather simple. Will Farrell and John C. Reilly play twoslacker children- one is forty years old and the other is pushing fortywith a short stick- whose successful, motivated single parents getmarried, and therefore begin the weirdest Brady Bunch type family inmovie history. Farrell and Reilly's characters hate each other uponsight and bicker insufferably until they realize they are cut from thesame degenerate cloth and then become best pals.

    Eventually, the father, a revered and important physician played byRichard Jenkins, becomes so enraged by the overgrown adolescents'antics, that he delivers an ultimatum to them. Get jobs and move out bythe end of the month. I feel this is all the plot exposition this filmdeserves, because Step Brothers is more about a series of failed gagsand profanity for profanity's sake.

    I consider myself to have a very high tolerance for explicit, raunchysexual behavior and an even higher tolerance for foul language, buteven I found Step Brothers to be puke-inducing, more than a bit rough.Remember the tea bagging scene mentioned in the lead. We do get to seeevery hairy inch of Will Farrell's scrotum. It does not advance theplot. It is not the logical conclusion of a series of events. It is notexecuted with any sort of subtlety or surprise, it is telegraphed aweek ahead of time. It serves no function whatsoever except to showWill Farrell's testicles because Farrell, who co-wrote the script withdirector Adam McKay, thinks it is funny. It is not, and neither are theendless gags which continually use sex, genitalia, cursing, etc. asbludgeons. It is not so much a movie as an exercise in arbitraryweirdness and manic perversion.

    The clerk who sold me my ticket said that while most of the youngeraudiences seemed to love the film, many middle-aged moviegoers had leftthe film enraged, demanding to be refunded. To me, this does notdemonstrate a schism in tolerance, but a schism in taste. Today'smiddle-aged moviegoer grew up with Animal House and Porky's, and wasquick to embrace the aforementioned American Pie and There's SomethingAbout Mary. And anybody willing to put down ten bucks to see a moviestarring the man behind Old School must have been prepared for somepolitically incorrect humor. However, in Step Brothers it is not funny,just depressing, mean-spirited and reprehensible.

    Even more depressing, is the fact that there is a kernel of a good ideahere. There is endless comedic possibility of two social misfits withPeter Pan complexes who are seemingly oblivious to all real worldexpectations. Unfortunately, this movie is completely unwilling to pushthe frontiers of any sort of substance whatsoever. It just falls backon the same safe, broad humor that so many of Farrell's previousefforts are marked by.

    Worse yet, is that the two lead characters' quirks are made lessinteresting by the supporting characters in the movie. Everybody ispretty much the exact same. Even the supposed smart, successful peoplein Step Brothers behave like social deviants, giving Farrell and Reillynothing to bounce their energy off of. They hardly even stand out asweirdos. Even the straight-laced father succumbs to visions of being aT-Rex. It is not a fantasy, but a goal.

    There is something potentially fascinating about a successful doctorwho aspires to be a member of a different species, one that is extinctto boot, but like so much of the rest of the movie, the joke isundercut by the tone of the rest of the film. The undeniable chemistrybetween Farrell and Reilly is the only thing that makes this filmsupportable. They really embody these characters and go all the waywith them. Unfortunately, that is all the way to the toilet. The filmdisplays many symptoms of Farrell's classic "Ain't I cute" syndrome.

    This film makes the classic mistake of believing goofiness is anadequate substitute for wit. All comedy writers, directors, and actorswould serve themselves well to observe a few basic lessons. Smartpeople are funnier than dumb people. Secure, well-adjusted people arefunnier than zany outcasts. And most importantly, a bad gag done loudlyis even more annoying than the same bad gag performed at a humblevolume.

    In a summer of surprisingly strong major studio releases, Step Brothersdoes what it can to taint the cinematic gene pool.

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