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Step Brothers

Step Brothers

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Is this Will Ferrell’s all-time best movie? Maybe. It’s definitely in the top three. Step Brothers has all the great laughs, not so subtle cultural references, and storyline absence that has come to define an entire genre of gag-comedies.

Ferrell plays Brennan Huff, a nearly 40-year-old man-child who still lives with his mother, Nancy. When Nancy remarries a doctor, Robert Doback, Brennan is forced to move into Robert’s home, which happens to be occupied by his 40-year-old son, Dale (John C. Reilly). At first, Brennan and Dale hate eachother, constantly vying for attention from their parents and getting in a pretty epic fight in the front yard. But overtime they form a bond as they realize that they are pretty much identical, even down to the fact that neither is employed. Meanwhile, Robert and Nancy have had enough of these lazy and destructive bums, and so they force them to look for jobs and threaten homelessness. And that’s pretty much it for the storyline.

Let’s face it, there isn’t much plot here. I mean, there’s enough for the movie to get by, but that’s not the point of this film. This is just a platform for Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly to be hilarious. And they are. Watching two grown men act like teenagers really doesn’t get old. They like Star Wars, “Shark Week”, and tree houses. And they have to deal with bullies and Brennan’s jerk younger brother, Derek.

There are just so many classic one liners in this movie—quotes that you’ll spout out to your friends and giggle over. Step Brothers is a memorable bit of fun, almost completely void of actual substance, but thoroughly enjoyable none-the-less.

Thumbs up.

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Nancy Huff (Mary Steenburgen) and Dr. Robert Dobak (Richards Jenkins) meet at a medical convention, have a whirlwind romance, and next thing they know they’re getting married. All seems well; except for the fact that their man-child sons are worried their worlds are about to come to a screeching halt.

You see, Dale (Reilly) and Brennan (Ferrell) are what some may call underachievers. They sit at home all day watching TV, eating junk food, and doing things like practicing Karate in the garage. The only problem is they are 40-years old. This problem is magnified as each becomes jealous of the other and it sparks are rivalry similar to something straight out of junior high.

While this is an absolute nightmare for Nancy and Robert, it creates many moments of enjoyment for the audience. Ferrell and Reilly – whom I didn’t even realize had this kind of comedic potential – are at their best.

As time goes on though, the two of them find friendship over their hatred of Brennan’s tool of a brother Derek (Adam Scott). This guy is the definition of an a-hole. Though he’s not without some good qualities. Take this scene for example. It doesn’t get better than an acapella rendition of Guns N’ Roses; though his wife may disagree.

If you thought these two were trouble when they were mortal enemies, wait until you see the kind of chaos they unleash as a dynamic duo. Their adventures are loaded with the ridiculousness of a couple of 11-year olds. If you like a good stupid comedy, this one’s for you. It’s one of the best in recent years. A lot of these types of comedies are loaded with awkward or simply unfunny moments. But you don’t have to worry about that with this movie; it delivers on all that it promises.

Rating: Thumbs up.

This movie review was written for your reading pleasure on January 1, 2012.