Step Brothers

2 10 2008

Step Brothers finds Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly as lovable losers in their late 30s still living with their parents who become brothers after their parents marry. Aside from their parents, Adam Scott who plays Ferrell’s Tom Cruise-esque over achieving biological brother also delivers a solid performance. Although not hilariously funny, there were plenty of well written jokes the whole way through backed up by entertaining performances by both Ferrell and Reilly making it worth recommending but not quite a must-see.

One of the first things that struck me as a bit odd but somewhat refreshing is how fast the plot moves in the beginning. Within the first several minutes the parents meet and are married in addition to two short pieces introducing each main character. Being the only part of the movie that moved that fast, it seemed like a fairly strange editing choice.

For the most part, Step Brothers is no more than standard fare from Will Ferrell. One quote in particular, “This house is a fucking prison! On Planet Bullshit! In the galaxy of This Sucks Camel Dicks!” glaringly sticks out as typical rehashed improv that could have come from any other his other films. To his credit however, when reusing the same brand of humor in his movies, he at least does it better than Mike Myers and Adam Sandler.

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