Step Brothers

While nearly all Will Ferrell's films are enjoyable on some level, they tend to fire on all cylinders when Adam McKay is involved. McKay co-wrote and directed ANCHORMAN: THE LEGEND OF RON BURGUNDY and TALLADEGA NIGHTS: THE BALLAD OF RICKY BOBBY, two of Ferrell's most popular and consummately hilarious films. McKay reteamed with not only Ferrell for STEP BROTHERS, but also Ferrell's co-star in TALLADEGA NIGHTS, John C. Reilly, who has steadily proven himself to be one of Hollywood's most versatile actors.




The plot is about as simple as they come: Brennan Huff (Ferrell) and Dale Doback (Reilly) are deadbeat man-children thrown together when the single parents with whom they live marry. The two initially despise one another, but become fast friends over a shared love of ninjas, COPS, porn magazines, and the comforts of living in the fantasy world of a prolonged adolescence. What makes STEPBROTHERS so much fun, however, has nothing to do with story or script; rather, it's McKay's foresight to step back and let Ferrell and Reilly run wild. The duo kick and punch, fart and burp, laugh and cry, yet somehow elevate such banalities to a level of grotesque poetry, hitting upon what feels like an entirely new comedic language. When the pair acts like children, they are not presenting themselves as immature adults, but are literally acting like children, meticulously duplicating everything from the fears and concerns to the speech patterns and awkward physicality of children. It sounds simple enough, but it requires a dexterity and sense of timing and delivery that is actually quite amazing.

The fantastic foursome behind TALLADEGA NIGHTS – THE BALLAD OF RICKY BOBBY--Will Ferrell, John C. Reilly, Judd Apatow, and Adam McKay--reunite for this comedy about two grown men who become step brothers. Though the pair of men (Ferrell and Reilly) are over the hill, they still aren't out of their parents' houses, and they have to learn to get along when their respective mother and father get married.

Review:

Ferrell, the Hollywood star most notorious for going naked in his movies, shows off only his belly, and that for a teasing second. For most of the rest of the time, you'll be reveling in, or enduring, one more exhibition of grown men playing children

22 August 2008
Time Magazine

Tightly scripted by Ferrell and McKay [...] A hugely enjoyable, well-constructed slice of lowbrow Saturday night entertainment, leaving Ferrell’s position as the reigning king of US comedy secure for a while longer

8 October 2009
Time Out London

Ferrell and Reilly are a superb double-act [...] STEP BROTHERS is a hugely entertaining exercise in the comedy of the random

8 October 2009
Empire

Ferrell and Reilly are a superb double-act [...] STEP BROTHERS is a hugely entertaining exercise in the comedy of the random

3 December 2008
Empire Magazine

Actor(s):
John C. Reilly Richard Jenkins Kathryn Hahn Adam Scott Mary Steenburgen Will Ferrell
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While nearly all Will Ferrell's films are enjoyable on some level, they tend to fire on all cylinders when Adam McKay is involved. McKay co-wrote and directed ANCHORMAN: THE LEGEND OF RON BURGUNDY and TALLADEGA NIGHTS: THE BALLAD OF RICKY BOBBY, two of Ferrell's most popular and consummately hilarious films. McKay reteamed with not only Ferrell for STEP BROTHERS, but also Ferrell's co-star in TALLADEGA NIGHTS, John C. Reilly, who has steadily proven himself to be one of Hollywood's most versatile actors.




The plot is about as simple as they come: Brennan Huff (Ferrell) and Dale Doback (Reilly) are deadbeat man-children thrown together when the single parents with whom they live marry. The two initially despise one another, but become fast friends over a shared love of ninjas, COPS, porn magazines, and the comforts of living in the fantasy world of a prolonged adolescence. What makes STEPBROTHERS so much fun, however, has nothing to do with story or script; rather, it's McKay's foresight to step back and let Ferrell and Reilly run wild. The duo kick and punch, fart and burp, laugh and cry, yet somehow elevate such banalities to a level of grotesque poetry, hitting upon what feels like an entirely new comedic language. When the pair acts like children, they are not presenting themselves as immature adults, but are literally acting like children, meticulously duplicating everything from the fears and concerns to the speech patterns and awkward physicality of children. It sounds simple enough, but it requires a dexterity and sense of timing and delivery that is actually quite amazing.

The fantastic foursome behind TALLADEGA NIGHTS – THE BALLAD OF RICKY BOBBY--Will Ferrell, John C. Reilly, Judd Apatow, and Adam McKay--reunite for this comedy about two grown men who become step brothers. Though the pair of men (Ferrell and Reilly) are over the hill, they still aren't out of their parents' houses, and they have to learn to get along when their respective mother and father get married.

Review:

Ferrell, the Hollywood star most notorious for going naked in his movies, shows off only his belly, and that for a teasing second. For most of the rest of the time, you'll be reveling in, or enduring, one more exhibition of grown men playing children

22 August 2008
Time Magazine

Tightly scripted by Ferrell and McKay [...] A hugely enjoyable, well-constructed slice of lowbrow Saturday night entertainment, leaving Ferrell’s position as the reigning king of US comedy secure for a while longer

8 October 2009
Time Out London

Ferrell and Reilly are a superb double-act [...] STEP BROTHERS is a hugely entertaining exercise in the comedy of the random

8 October 2009
Empire

Ferrell and Reilly are a superb double-act [...] STEP BROTHERS is a hugely entertaining exercise in the comedy of the random

3 December 2008
Empire Magazine

Product details

Rating:
16
Subtitles:
Danish;Dutch;English;Finnish;German;Hindi;Italian;Norwegian;Swedish;Turkish
Duration (sec):
6180
Director:
Adam McKay
Special Features:
Commentary with filmmakers and cast
'Boats 'N Hoes' music video
Featurettes
Gag reel
Animated:
false
Zone:
Region 2

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