Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Step Brothers

This movie borders on the insane, yet still has that weird undertow that you sort of can follow.

Step Brothers stars Will Ferrell as Brennan Huff and John C. Reilly as Dale Doback. The two are each 40 year olds who still live at home with their single parents.

Huff lives with his mother, Nancy (Mary Steenburgen), and has at least tried to hold down a job in his life - despite recently being fired from PetSmart.

Doback stays with his father, Robert (Richard Jenkins) and from what I can tell tried to go to college, but decided to go into the family business - which is hard to do when your father is a doctor.

At a medical conference, Robert and Nancy meet and of course one thing leads to another. The families merge and become one big "happy" family.

It's pretty obvious at first that Dale and Brennan do not like their new arrangements - and even quarrel nonstop. So much so, that Robert and Nancy give them a small amount of time to find a job and then get out of the house.

At a family dinner, Nancy's other son, Derek (Adam Scott) and his family come to dinner. Derek is the more successful of the brothers - and in a flashback we learn crushed Brennan's dream to become a singer.

As Derek is making fun of both Brennan and Dale, Dale becomes enraged and punches Derek in the face - knocking him out of their treehouse. This not only impresses Brennan, but Derek's wife Alice (Kathryn Hahn) as well - who apparently is no longer into Derek.

It's here that Dale and Brennan find out that they have a ton in common and truly become brothers.

The movie is produced by Judd Apatow, who continues to reign over every comedy ever made (so it seems).

Ferrell and Reilly obviously have chemistry together, as they have been together a number of times - the movie was pretty funny and was pretty easy to watch and follow.

Not a high-end comedy in my opinion, but certainly one I could watch again.


1 comment:

  1. I mostly hated Step Brothers, sitting through it silently, but the batsh*t craziness in the end got me and had me rolling for at least two minutes. Not recommended, but that part was great (and the dood that played the other brother was great as well).