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Step Brothers Step Brothers
Movie Rating:
 6/10
DVD Rating:
 9/10
Overall Rating:
 7/10


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Starring:
Will Ferrell
John C. Reilly
Adam Scott
Mary Steenburgen
Katherine Hahn


Special Features:
Extended & Alternate Scenes
Line-O-Rama
Gag Reel
"Boats 'N Hoes" Full Music Video
The Making of Step Brothers
Commentary with Will Ferrell, John C. Reilly, Adam McKay, special guest NBA Star Baron Davis and Scored by Jon Brion

Other Info:
Video: Widescreen 2.40:1 Color (Anamorphic)
Audio: English: Dolby Digital 5.1 [CC]
French: Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles: English, French
Run Time: 98 min
Rating: R

Synopsis from DVD Cover:
Brennan (Will Ferrell) and Dale (John C. Reilly) are two middle-aged loafers who are forced to live together when their parents get married. When the reluctant step-siblings' immature antics over TV privileges and personal property take their toll on the marriage, the devious duo hatch a hysterical scheme to reunite the couple.

Quick Review:
I'm not ashamed to admit I still watch "Talladega Nights" every time it's on - and I know a lot of the lines. Will Ferrell makes me laugh. John C. Reilly makes me laugh. Director Adam McKay makes me laugh. And producer Judd Apatow makes me laugh (usually ...). Much of "Step Brothers" lived up to my expectations and did, indeed, make me laugh. It's kinda dirty, though, and not always in that clever way ... kinda just dirty. But we'll get to that.

First of all - the premise. It's pretty thin stuff, really-two almost-middle-aged (one's 39, one's 40) losers who still live with their mother (Ferrell's Brennan, played by Mary Steenburgen) and father (O'Reilly's Dale, played by Richard Jenkins), respectively. They've got no jobs, no lives, and no prospects; then their parents fall in love and get married, forcing the two to cohabitate as ... that's right ... stepbrothers. They don't get along, and they have to act like grown-ups and get jobs. Some funny stuff and some gross stuff happens.

Ferrell and O'Reilly both have the "adolescent misfits ridiculously past their prime and leeching off their parent" shtick down to a science, which is sort of disturbing if you think about it too long, but good for the sake of the film. Steenburgen and Jenkins are also perfectly classy as these goofballs' parents. Like the other Ferrell comedies, and even O'Reilly's starring vehicle "Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story," there are a lot of funny PARTS, and if you're a fan, you'll get good use of the Scene Selection. That's the downside, though, to a film like this - there are also stretches of not-comedy, gaps that are more like excuses to talk about balls and farts. Everything comes off a little like a series of skits with the same underlying theme and characters, like a compilation of "Step Brothers" gags from a sketch TV show. Some good, some silly, some just raunchy. Nowhere near as good as some of the other movies with all these people, it's still got enough laughs to please fans of the Ferrell genre (??) and a LOT of Special Features on the DVDs.

The two-disc Special Edition is really full of fun extras and featurettes, but the absolute best thing is the Audio Commentary by Ferrell, Reilly, and McKay - because they sing most of it. I enjoyed this more than the movie. There are a bunch of Deleted Scenes, which are both very funny at times and a little too raunchy at others. Of course there's a "Making Of" featurette, there's the classic "Line-O-Rama" bit, where we get to see funny guys riff on funny lines, and a Gag Reel. Bits on the boys' failed job interviews, their "Therapy" sessions, their music video and presentation, and even a few fake documentaries (one about a made-up romance between Jenkins and Steenburgen) still don't cover EVERYTHING in the Bonuses, but you get the picture - much to see.

In Conclusion:
Not the best of the Ferrell, McKay (and Reilly) collaborations, "Step Brothers" is still very, very funny and should make the people who love these guys laugh a whole lot and have some new material to quote.


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