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Step Brothers (Two-Disc Unrated Edition + Digital Copy)
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Studio: Sony Pictures Home Ent Release Date: 12/02/2008 Run time: 105 minutes Rating: Ur

Crude, juvenile, and proud of it, Step Brothers stars Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly as two 40-year-old men, both living at home and leading the lives of 13-year-old boys, who are thrown together when their single parents (Mary Steenburgen, Parenthood, and Richard Jenkins, Six Feet Under) get married. Brennan (Ferrell) and Dale (Reilly) start out hating each other as only teenage boys can--but things get even worse for their long-suffering parents when they become best friends. Step Brothers gets most of its mileage from very lowbrow humor, but hidden among the farts and masturbation jokes is the suggestion that while these guys may be emotionally arrested, so are Brennan's hotshot business executive brother (Adam Scott, Tell Me You Love Me) and his high-fiving frat-boy pals, just in a way that's condoned because it makes money. Also crucial is that Ferrell and Reilly capture adolescence in all its gruesome glory--the awkward insecurity but also the egomaniacal, arrogant self-centeredness. Mind you, this isn't the American version of The 400 Blows or anything--one of the movie's setpieces features Brennan tea-bagging Dale's drum set (and if you don't know what tea-bagging is... well, you will after seeing this movie). All in all, Step Brothers combines the adolescent humor of producer Judd Apatow (Superbad, Knocked Up) and the comic chemistry of Ferrell and Reilly (who previously costarred in Talladega Nights)--fans of either will find plenty to enjoy. --Bret Fetzer

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Customer Reviews:

  • Couldn't Stop Laughing
    If you attend movies to relax and enjoy yourself this is the movie for you. It is a laugh a minute from start to finish. This is not a thought provoking or serious film. If you expect to find "hidden meanings" stay home. This is strictly for unwinding and the sheer joy of foolishness. I live in Vegas; we have a crowd here accustomed to entertainment of all sorts and are not beneath walking out on something boring. The entire audience laughed through the whole movie. I have immediately placed myself on the waiting list for its release on DVD....more info
  • Another typical Will Ferrell film.
    Is it me or does it seem that Will Ferrell chooses the same part over and over? It was funny the first three times you see his schtick but has become old and tired by now. Step Brothers is just another attempt at going after the "Let's-go-watch-crude-humor" crowd, only this time it mostly falls flat! Seriously, I would love to see Ferrell try to do something different, maybe stretch himself a little but that seems to be asking too much.

    Step Brothers is a story of two middle-age men (boys?, man-childs?), each living with their single parent. When their parents marry each other they are thrown together as, well, step brothers. Forced to live in the same bedroom they at first hate each other until they figure out that basically they are exactly alike. To me, the best and funniest parts were when they were trying to get rid of the other.

    The film has many problems. There is no real storyline, just a series of site gags and comedy sketches. Most of the funniest scenes (except the most crude examples) have already been shown in the previews and commercials, which leaves you watching mostly second tier jokes that miss the mark. While Ferrell and Reilly play off each other well you end up with a feeling that you've seen it all before. Are there funny moments. Absolutely! And a few surprises as well. But overall, not a very good film.

    If you are a huge Will Ferrell fan, you will probably like this. If you are into very crude humor, then by all means, go see it. Just be forewarned, don't expect too much. You will be disappointed. ...more info
  • Funny!!
    Funny movie Will Ferrell ever fails. His humor is non stop and great laughs throughout the movie. He is always surrounded by a great cast. Plus this being on Blu-ray you cant ask for anything more....more info
  • Step Brothers DVD
    This is probably one of the funniest movies I have seen in a long time. Will Ferrel and John C Reilly bust out another great one. Definitely guy humor though....more info
  • Hilarious From Start to Finish
    There are some people you can count on to always make you laugh, and Will Ferrell is the king. His movies might be somewhat predictable, but there is nothing wrong with being able to predict that a movie will improve your mood. He has excellent chemistry with John C. Reilly who is quickly establishing himself to be a master comedian himself. Together they are Brendan (Ferrell) and Dale (Reilly), two forty-year-old men who still live with their parents. They have no intentions to change their station in life, but they are resentful of each other until they realize just how much they have in common. Chaos ensues as the two team up to make everyone's life impossible.

    It is always fun to see a movie that was obviously made by people who enjoyed making it. I have no doubt that there were as many laughs behind the scenes as this movie provokes. Thankfully, this movie was rated R and let the boys do some things they would have otherwise been restricted from. Most notable is all of the swearing that is peppered in to punctuate funny moments. The sleepwalking scene is genius and the interviews are even better than the teaser clips in the trailer. Typically, these movies wind down a bit toward the end and feature a sentimental climax, but this movie never lets down on the comedy even when the loose ends are tied up. A riot from start to finish, this is a stupid-funny comedy that you won't want to miss....more info
  • Same 'Ol, Same 'Ol from Will Ferrell
    Okay, so I'm done with Will Ferrell films. The next time I go to see anything with Ferrell attached it will have to have some amazing buzz going for it. The actor/ writer has banked on the success of a few early films for too long. After the one two punch of "Old School" and "Elf", Ferrell's stardom was cemented and he made "Anchorman" with Adam McKay, a buddy of his. Since then, the two have made a series of films, which are basically the same, the premise changing slightly. Every time, he plays some variation of a man/child, someone who is so full of themselves, they can't help but clash with the rest of the people around them, the normal people, and the laughter and hilarity begin. And you do laugh. For about twenty minutes. As soon as the premise of each film is set-up, the jokes become increasingly scattershot, sophomoric, dumb, repetitive and ill conceived. "Step Brothers" is the latest example of this problem.

    Brennan (Ferrell) and Dale (John C. Reilly) are each approaching 40 and more than a little put out their single parents are remarrying. Brennan's mom, Nancy (Mary Steenburgen) moves in with Dale's dad, Robert (Richard Jenkins). Because both of their adult children live with them, Brennan moves in as well and has to share a room with Dale. Both guys have never matured past adolescence, so they begin strutting around trying to outdo one another, making the other cry, the like. Nancy and Robert have plans to save money for a few years, finish the refurbishments on his yacht, then retire and sail the world together. But Brennan's younger brother, Derek (Adam Scott) and his wife and kids pay a visit. Robert immediately falls for Derek's line and agrees to let Derek try to sell their house, making them enough money to retire right away. Nancy is a little alarmed, because Brennan and Dale have nowhere to go, but Robert promises to take care of that. In the meantime, Brennan and Dale realize they have a lot in common and become best friends. Their first goal is to thwart the sale of the house and give Derek trouble. Robert sets up some interviews for Brennan and Dale and when these fail, they decide to set-up their own company, using Brennan's long silent singing skills as the leaping point to make millions.

    Directed by Adam McKay and co-written by McKay and Ferrell, "Step Brothers" has an amusing premise, like all of Will Ferrell's films. But once the premise is set-up, there isn't anywhere else to go. When there isn't anywhere for the story to go, new places and ideas for us to see, the rest of the film simply becomes an exercise in showing more and more situations, trying to get us to laugh at the same things.

    It is pretty well known that once you have a huge hit or two under your belt, you can pretty much write your own ticket in Hollywood and make whatever films you want to make. Studios will jump into bed with you no matter how crazy the idea. Director and producer Judd Apatow is a recent example of this. After the success of "The 40 Year Old Virgin", "Knocked Up" and "Superbad", he can pretty much make whatever he wants. And he has flexed this muscle, producing a series of films featuring his friends in starring roles, or putting his name on other comedies. Unfortunately, the quality of these offerings has varied greatly and his name doesn't mean what it once did to me. I was going to pretty much every film he "produced" and bought tickets for "Forgetting Sarah Marshall", which was very funny, and "Drillbit Taylor", which wasn't. Apatow is one of the producers on "Step Brothers" and he runs a real danger of becoming exactly what all the critics were hailing him as the savior of, the lackluster, dumb comedies so prevalent in our multiplexes. His comedies were hailed as the second coming and now his name simply means you should take a closer look. "Pineapple Express" will be a real test for him, to see if he can produce a film with the same quality as a film he also directs. "Express" stars Seth Rogen and James Franco (ex- "Freaks and Geeks" alumni) as two potheads who try to elude gangsters and crooked cops and is directed by David Gordon Green. Green is not exactly known for comedy work, he directed "George Washington", "All The Pretty Girls" and "Undertow", but it could make for an interesting film. See? There I go again, trying to be hopeful about another Apatow film.

    All of Ferrell's films have interesting and unusual premises, ideas so bizarre they make you laugh when you simply think about them. Two male figure skaters, former rivals, must teams up and compete in the pairs competition to win gold. An egotistical newscaster, in the 70s, has to bring the various crazies at his station together to save everyone's jobs when he feels threatened by his new female co-anchor. And "Step Brothers" is no exception. The simple idea of two 40-year-old man-children moving in with their parents, sharing a room, is funny. And for about twenty minutes, you may find yourself laughing.

    Ferrell has played this type of character before as well, so you might expect him to have mastered the role by this point, recognizing the problems inherent with the character. In each of his recent films, he plays an egotistical blowhard or someone who hasn't fully matured or both. The main comic premise is that each of these characters has to adapt or overcome some obstacle in order to survive. The problem is that none of them really change. They stay the same, getting in the same problems, one after another, doing the same things, saving the learning bit until the very end. Because Ferrell's characters never change how can we create a bond with them? In "Step Brothers", this moment of change happens very late and seems more artificial than normal and tacked on somehow.

    John C. Reilly is good as Dale, the stepbrother who has to deal with Brennan when he moves into his house. As the 'child' who has established roots in the house, he is in charge and sets the rules because he has the homecourt advantage. Brennan's lips quiver and he starts crying when Dale becomes too pushy. These small bits are funny. For a few moments. At the same time, each of these guys is an adult, so they are also more mature in their immaturity. There is a funny scene between Dale and his dad, after they have breakfast the morning Nancy and Brenna are due to arrive. Dale is trying to figure out all of the ways the new living arrangements can give him power over his new brother. And tries to convince his father that Nancy might come on to him.

    Eventually, the two stepbrothers realize they have a lot in common and begin to play in wild abandon, much like twelve year olds might, which is fitting since this is clearly the intended audience. It is fun to watch them run upstairs, read "Playboy" instead of comic books, play silly word games and decide they should build bunk beds.

    Then the film comes crashing down.

    Mary Steenburgen plays Nancy, Brennan's mother, and she is fine. But at some point in the film, I expected her to set her foot down, much like her husband does. Instead, she wants to coddle her sons, providing them with a place to live until they are ready. The problem is, they will never be ready unless they are forced to move out. So very quickly you just want to slap Nancy and tell her to snap out of it.

    Richard Jenkins is better as Robert, Dale's dad. You will probably recognize Jenkins from "Six Feet Under" (he played the dead patriarch of the family who would frequently pop up to provide advice to his children or widowed wife) and he recently had a very good lead role in "The Visitor", a small independent film that has really caught on with the public. In "Step Brothers", he brings a certain goofy charm to the role of Robert. When Derek arrives on the scene, he becomes almost smitten with Nancy's younger son, clearly impressed with everything the young man has accomplished, gushing over him, waiting on baited breath for his next word. And Robert recognizes that his sons are screw ups and need a push out the door.

    "Step Brothers" is like all other Will Farrell films; an interesting, unusual, funny premise in search of stronger laughs, better acting and higher production values. "Step Brothers" is, ultimately, the type of film you will catch on basic cable, watch for a few minutes and then give up on it. When it is on again, you will probably catch a few other minutes and en give up on it because the phone is ringing. You might catch a laugh or two; you might even end up watching the whole film. But it won't command your attention and it doesn't have a right to....more info
  • Crude Dudes
    This is a tale of two forty-year-old single guys who end up sharing a bedroom because one man's mother marries the other man's father. The whole gang ends up sharing a house. Yes, the step brothers still live with their parents, and they don't work to support themselves. That's the joke, you see. They act like spoiled teens who haven't really noticed it's 2008, not 1984. Will Ferrell plays Brennan and John C. Reilly is Dale.

    The film is a series of comedy sketches about the immature antics of Brennan and Dale. Some of the sketches really hit, but most miss the mark. There's a lot of very crude humor. There are many flat moments. Mary Steenbergen and Richard Jenkins are effective as the besieged parents of these adolescent/middle-aged wrecks. I kept expecting the parents to turn toward the camera and say something like "Don't blame us, we just work here."

    Stealing the show is Kathryn Hahn as Alice, the unfaithful wife of Derek, Brennan's insufferable brother. The befuddled Dale becomes the object of Alice's most ardent affection. ...more info
  • They rule
    A great purchase! The additional DVD give you TONS of extras- and they are hilarious. ...more info
  • Laugh-Out-Loud Funny (At Least At Times)
    Assuming you are a fan of Will Farrell, this movie will make you laugh out loud many times. It really won't score any points for originality (it basically lacks a story) but there is definate chemistry between John C. Reilly and Farrell. Both actors need another strong male lead to be at their best (as we learned in watching "Walk Hard" and "Semi-Pro), so this works very well in this case. There are some appalling moments of crude humor, so be warned, and though many of the jokes have been used before, Farrell's whiny childlike persona is less annoying when playing off the deadpan, unpredictable Reilly (who is a very good actor). Other talented members of the supporting cast (Steenburgen) give this film much more credibility than most comedies, and if nothing else, it makes for an evening of laughs. Worth the price of admission for just about anyone looking for a good comedy unless, of course, you are not a fan of Ferrell....more info
  • The 40 Year Old Stepbrother
    Wouldn't it be great if you were a kid again? 40 year old step brothers Brennan (Will Ferrell) and Dale (John C. Reilly) know what that's like. Well, at least they know how to act like kids. They start off as mere foes, talking smack about each other, pulling pranks on each other, etc, etc. The kind of stuff you'd expect from teenagers. Soon, the mere foes find out that they have more in common than they had thought. Apparently if you have the same favorite dinosaur, and the guy you'd sleep with if you were a girl in common, you are officially best friends.

    Ferrell and Reilly are hilarious together, acting as two overgrown, whiny children. From the sibling rivalry type pranks they pull when they dislike each other, to the frolicking they do as best friends, "Step Brothers" will have you laughing out loud throughout. There are no boundaries in this film, delivering some crude and inventive humor. The films only downfall is that lacks a story, but it's still a funny film worth watching. Don't sleep on it, or you might be getting punched square in the face....more info
  • Cornball funny
    Not usually a fan of these kind of movies. Bought it for the son for Christmas. But have to admit....I did laugh quite a bit...or was it shake my head cuz it was so nutty....more info
  • Crude and stupid...but sometimes very funny too.
    In the recent run of Will Farrell / John C. Reilly films (either together or separate) including TALLEDEGA NIGHTS, WALK HARD, SEMI-PRO, BLADES OF GLORY, etc...STEP BROTHERS is the most foul-mouthed, crude, base and childish of the bunch. It is also frequently one of the funniest.

    If you just want to laugh and be outraged...then this movie should be okay. But you wont' feel good about yourself in the morning. You'll be laughing at crude and obvious humor...humor that often simply comes from Farrell and Reilly trading the most obscene threats or comments about each other. There's no substance here...NO WIT. There's also very little in the way of recognizable human beings. Whereas shockingly crude movies like 40 YEAR OLD VIRGIN or SUPERBAD have the power to make our jaws drop at their crassness...they also showed us people who actually felt convincing and were actually, occasionally, touching. Look for no such depth in STEP BROTHERS.

    It tells the story of two single 60-somethings (Richard Jenkins and Mary Steenburgen) meeting, getting married and living together. Unfortunately, each also has a 40 year old son who has never managed to move out on his own. Thus, these two overgrown children are forced to live together...and the results make for hilarity (sometimes).

    This is actually a pretty good premise. We've all seen those adult "kids" who still live at home so they can save on rent, have home cookin', etc. But usually we see those types also working and having goals (like saving up for a down payment on a home in order to move out.) Reilly and Farrell have barely held jobs in their lives, currently have none, and they also have no ambitions other than vague notions of "show biz," perhaps.

    As the squabbling of the two becomes worse and worse, the exasperated parents finally draw the line, giving the kids just one month to get jobs and move out. And faced with a goal...things only get worse and worse from there. I won't spoil any more of the "plot" for you...I'm sure you'll thank me for that!

    There are moments of genuine humor to be found. Farrell has a younger brother who is successful beyond anything Farrell can imagine...but he's also the most unmitigated jerk. Seeing him gives you a tiny glimpse into why Farrell might be so stunted. There scenes have a squirmy quality underneath the cheap shots. I also found the idea that Reilly's character is continuously taunted by some playground bullies to be amusing.

    But mostly it's yelling and cursing and insulting, followed by wrestling and bashing on the head with objects. At one point (and it IS funny), one of the two is actually buried alive by the other.

    Reilly and Farrell have limitless energy, but I yearn for the days when Reilly did great work like in MAGNOLIA, and when Farrell actually tried something pitched a more thoughtful level, like STRANGER THAN FICTION. But I know the paychecks are pretty hefty for these we seem to be stuck forever with the slightly crazy man-child that is Farrell, and the slightly idiotic man-child that is Reilly. While I can appreciate a good poop joke or genital joke...just because you mention one of those two things in a line of dialogue doesn't make it a "good" joke. These two guys need to try harder. The rest of the cast tries gamely enough, and Steenburgen is always a welcome presence. Richard Jenkins, whom I love, is just a little off-kilter in this. He's not quite comfortable spouting dialogue that no human would actually can tell the actor in him was lost.

    By all means, if you're in the mood to turn off the brain and laugh, STEP BROTHERS will do okay. But the more I think about the film, the less I remember and the less there is to admire.
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