Step Brothers

DVD Reviews | Dec 7th, 2008

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Starring Will Ferrell, John C. Reilly, Mary Steenburgen, Richard Jenkins, Adam Scott, Rob Riggle
Written By: Will Ferrell, Adam McKay
Directed By: Adam McKay
Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
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Will Ferrell reunites with John C. Reilly and Adam McKay to bring you a hilariously dumb comedy about step brothers. I didn’t know what to expect when watching this movie, but I was immediately laughing from the start. This is a must-watch comedy for fans of Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly.

Step Brothers is about 2 single parents meeting up, falling in love and getting married. Only problem is both have 40-year sons that still live at home with them and act like they are teenagers. Brennan (Will Ferrell) and his Mom (Mary Steenburgen) move in with Dale (John C Reilly) and his Dad (Richard Jenkins). Right off the bat, the 40-year sons clash and hate each other to death. Just like teenagers do when something like this happens. The overall punchline is that these guys are in their 40s, yet act like a bunch of foul-mouthed kids. Eventually, the two sons put their bickering aside and actually become good friends. They become allies when their enemy, Brennan’s asshole brother Derek gets punched by Dale. The bad news for the sons getting along is that their parents grow apart and split up; resulting in them selling the house. They try to get the family back together so they can keep the house and make things the way it was and grow up at the same time as well.

I was hoping this movie wouldn’t be like Talladega Nights because I hated that movie. I’m a big fan of Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly and glad they pulled this one off though. From the beginning of movie, I was laughing a lot. The crude humor and hilarious one-liners were great but what had me in tears was when the sons were sleepwalking. It was just insanity what they were doing. I thought the best thing about Talladega Nights and Step Brothers was comedic team of Ferrell and Reilly. Those guys are just super funny, but I’m sure not everyone will like this movie. This is an updated take of Dumb and Dumber it seems. If you know that movie and know the type of comedy it is, then you’ll know what Step Brothers is all about.

I felt both Ferrell and Reilly captured the essences of a teenager quite well. It was a little too scary on how well they acted like immature jerks. Besides those two, the rest of the actors were good. Adam Scott played a dickhead quite well, but was very funny in the way he did it. You’re introduced to him and his family, with all of them singing in the car. It’s a scene that makes me want to throw up. Anchorman’s Kathryn Hahn was excellent as Derek’s horny, crazy wife. Some of her scenes made me laugh out loud like the scenes where she’s peeing in the men’s bathroom.

There are a few different editions of the DVD and Blu-Ray. There’s a Theatrical Widescreen Edition, 2-disc Unrated Special Edition, and Single Disc Unrated Edition. I got the Theatrical edition to review so not sure what was different on those editions. I believe the unrated edition has additional footage in the movie. Maybe there’s more tea-bagging on drum sets? The line-o-rama and gag reel were just as funny as the movie. I had tears in my eyes from laughing at those too. It’s rare, usually the bloopers aren’t THAT funny but the Step Brothers bloopers are the real deal. Other features included on the Theatrical Edition is deleted/alternate scenes, Boats N Holes music video, audio commentary and a few others things.

I think Step Brothers is a hilarious comedy that fans of Ferrell & Reilly will love. I’m not sure people will like this one if they don’t like them. This comedy is crude, dumb and that’s why I loved it. This will be a movie I can watch over and over. With that said, Step Brothers still has its problems. The last half of the movie isn’t that great and not entirely funny. It’s more on the serious side as you see the guys grow up. But that’s really the only problem I had with it. Be sure to stick around towards the end credits too!

– 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

ENGLISH: Dolby Digital 5.1 CC
FRENCH: Dolby Digital 5.1

Widescreen 2.40:1 Color (Anamorphic)

English, French

Favorite Scenes: Teabagging on the drums, Sleepwalking with xmas gifts, job interviews, bunk beds
Rating: R
Running Time: 98 minutes
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