Movie: "Step Brothers"
Year: 2008
Rated: R
Genre: Comedy
Directed by: Adam McKay
Writing credits: Will Farrell, John C. Reilly, Adam McKay

Reviewer: Dr. Boogie
Posted: 8/3/2008

Plot: Brennan and Dale are two 40-year-olds who have yet to move out of their parents' houses, or grow up at all. They become bitter rivals when their parents marry, but the rivalry is short-lived once they realize that they are oh so similar.

Review: I was a little hesitant to check out this movie after hearing how awful Blades of Glory and Semi-Pro were. I was pleasantly surprised by how funny this movie was. The previews don’t really do it justice, but then again they really can’t, given the content of most of the jokes.

Ferrell and Reilly play 40-something men who are, mentally, still around twelve. Some of the humor is derived just from this, but for the most part, the jokes are based good old fashioned crudeness. Will Ferrell manages to make just about every line work with his trademark overly serious, even simple remarks like calling Reilly a “curly-haired fuck.”

Reilly’s jokes tend to be more straightforward and dirty. Unexpected, yes, but still plenty dirty. Even jokes that merely involve him tend to be dirtier than the norm. I’d go into greater detail, but I was laughing too hard to remember most of them.

They even managed to stick in a few oddly surreal jokes in the mix, as well as a bit of male nudity. I don’t want to give too much away, but suffice to say, I hope it was just a realistic-looking prop.

The ending of the movie was pretty good, in that it kept with the general tone of the movie without dipping into cheesy sentimentality. I was disappointed that one of the more annoying characters didn’t get any real comeuppance, but they still made it work.

In terms of Will Ferrell movies, this one doesn’t quite match up to Anchorman, but it’s still a lot funnier than a lot of his more recent works. It’s well worth the price of admission, if for no better reason than to see the music video for step brothers’ song, “Boats ‘n Hoes”.

Overall rating: WholeWholeWholeWhole
(Scored on a 0.5 - 5 pickles rating: 0.5 being the worst and 5 being the best)

Reader Comments

1.21 Gigawatts!!!
Aug 4th, 2008, 10:01 AM
This movie was pretty funny. However, the end started turning into a jumbled mess. It kind of gave you a feeling that they did not know where to take it. Either way, the movie held its own weight. Especially with some of the one-liners and the ways that Brennan and Dale try to get back at each other. Leaving the movie, all I can say is “fucking Catalina wine mixer!”
Forum Virgin
Aug 4th, 2008, 11:03 AM
I love the jumbled mess that was the ending. Especially the whole centaur and lumberjack bit. Scrumtrilescent.
Aug 4th, 2008, 11:49 AM
Pirate hats, Hustler magazines, crossbows and Chewbacca masks. A dream come true, although it was on film.

"Catalina wine mixer!" "POW!"
The Goddamned Batman
Aug 4th, 2008, 01:40 PM
I haven't seen the movie yet but that poster is THE GREATEST THING EVER
Jason's a Furry! Run!
Aug 4th, 2008, 02:12 PM
Whu? Oh, right, there's other films out there besides The Dark Knight. I was starting to forget that.

My friends saw this and loved it, so I'll probably give it a shot. I love Farrell (which is probably why I though Blades of Glory was really funny and Semi-Pro good enough to warrant a rental), though I'm a bit on the fence about Reilly. I dunno what it is, but something about the man creeps me out.
The Dork Knight
Aug 4th, 2008, 03:54 PM
At first I thought it was the subtitle of Step-Up 3.
Aug 4th, 2008, 04:27 PM
Saw it my 2nd time last night. Amazing still. Stay past the first set of credits.
Suicidal Chipmunk
Aug 4th, 2008, 09:54 PM
I liked Blades of Glory..... I haven't seen Semi-Pro yet though, not sure about that one.
Crazed Techno-Biologist
Aug 5th, 2008, 05:58 AM
It was a heluva good film, "Ho's and boats!"
Forum Virgin
Aug 5th, 2008, 08:10 AM
You take that back, Blades of Glory was one of the funniest movies ever.
The Moxie Nerve Food Tonic
Aug 5th, 2008, 12:08 PM
I have to say, Dr., you should see blades of glory. I really liked it (though not as well as anchorman) and I recently saw it for a second time, and enjoyed it more. To me that's always the mark of good comedy, that it's worth watching more than once to see how it works. I've watched Anchorman more times than I can count at this point.
Funky Dynamite
Aug 5th, 2008, 01:27 PM
I don't know Max, I loved Anchorman too, but Blades of Glory looked horrible in the commercials. Plus, it was denounced by my brother who also loved Anchorman.
Aug 5th, 2008, 02:58 PM
I don't really enjoy watching Will anymore after Blades of Glory. It just all seems the same now.
Sympathizes with the foo'
Aug 5th, 2008, 06:30 PM
Same here, I'm a little burned out on watching Will Ferrell act like a giant, pantless nine-year-old. Maybe I'll rent it later, but I'm not approaching a box-office cashier and asking for tickets to this.
Aug 7th, 2008, 01:33 AM
Boats n' Hoes!