Step Brothers Review

9 Aug

I must preempt the following review with a note…I LOVE WILL FERRELL. I LOVE JOHN C. REILLY. I LOVE ADAM MCKAY…I have fallen out of my chair watching their shorts on Funny or Die (What? You’ve never heard of it? GO THERE NOW!!!). Obviously their humor appeals to me. I also have not yet seen a bad Judd Apatow flick (Anchorman, 40 Year old Virgin, Talladega Nights, Knocked Up, Superbad, Walk Hard, Forgetting Sarah Marshall and the movie I am seeing tonight Pineapple Express). Combining these three men into one movie was genius and I’m REALLY REALLY REALLY glad that my friend Jessica decided to tear me out of my depressive mood and force me to drink some Jack Daniels and go see the movie. Full review and bonus video past the break!

The plot, like most Ferrell flicks, is simple and allows for a large variety of situations to occur during the course of the movie. We start out by seeing Nancy Huff (Mary Steenburgen) and Robert Doback (Richard Jenkins) getting dressed in their business attire to go to a conference where they meet, “fall in love” and while tearing each others clothes off each begins to tell one-liners about their lives. The culmination of the scene comes when Robert says “I have a 40 year old son who still lives at home.” At first Robert thinks he has screwed up before Nancy says she has a 39 year old son at home and they continue with even more force in tearing each others clothes off.

Just like in real life we jump straight to the wedding reception where both Brennan “Nighthawk” Huff (Ferrell) and Dale “Dragon” Doback (Reilly) each create their own childish disruption of the beautiful ceremony and storm out. To this point we are to believe that the two 40 year old unemployed sons have not met despite their parents relationship and marriage. They do not meet until Brennan and Nancy move into the Doback’s residence.

The two 40 year-olds, acting as 11 year-olds, hate each other immediately and plot each others destruction. Various pranks are played on each other until a huge fight takes place in the front yard with Nancy and Robert being forced to come home to break it up. The fight ends with a simultaneous knockout using a baseball bat and tennis racket.

At this point the line is drawn and the parents (though Nancy seems constantly reluctant) demand that the boys get jobs and move out so that Nancy and Robert can sell the house and retire on Robert’s yacht. Brennan’s brother, Derek (Adam Scott) comes in as the “perfect son” with a “perfect wife” and two “perfect children.” We find out that Derek caused a traumatic experience in Brennan’s life as a small child in a talent show which has caused Brennan to never sing in public again.

Eventually the antics of the boys cause Robert’s yacht to crash while filming a music video called “Boats and Hoes” for their band “Prestige Worldwide” and puts so much strain on the relationship that Nancy and Robert announce their divorce.

Both boys give up on their favorite “childish” things and get real jobs with Brennan’s ultimate goal to reunite their parents. He organizes the “Catalina Wine Mixer” and makes sure everything would be perfect for them to get together.

The final scene forces Brennan and Dale to revisit their “childish” ways and unite and perform a song. With Dale on drums and adding background vocals to “Boats and Hoes” Brennan pops a tape in and sings “Por Ti Volare” very well. The song brings everyone together again and we have a wonderfully happy ending. The song is one of the funniest things I’ve seen in a while. Seeing Will Ferrell sing that song (in Spanish) not missing a note can bring a tear to your eye. But every 10 seconds or so they remind you of the situation by bringing in the “Boats and Hoes” line.

Its an over the top ending to a side splitting movie. I can’t remember how many times I laughed at the small one liners thrown in here and there. It is classic Will Ferrell with a superb supporting character from John C. Reilly. I believe that the writing from Will, John and Adam is absurdly witty and smart. The characters are so dumb and the dialogue seems so immature that you may miss the (to me) ingenious wittiness that is in every scene.

Personally I would recommend that everyone who enjoyed Talledega Nights or Anchorman see this movie…NOW!

I give it 4 out of 5 stars!

Funniest scene in the movie is the music video they made for their song “Boats and Hoes” I have embedded it below from YouTube. Please note this song is EXTREMELY NSFW (Not Safe For Work).

“Boats and Hoes”
Prestige Worldwide

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5 Responses to “Step Brothers Review”

  1. sunshinekmp August 9, 2008 at 9:00 am #

    Sounds funny. I thought it looked funny but I did not like Anchorman and haven’t seen Talledega Nights….so I don’t know!

  2. Joe O. August 9, 2008 at 11:12 am #

    You didn’t like Anchorman!?!?!?!?!? How is that possible?

  3. infijess August 9, 2008 at 11:22 am #

    More importantly HAVE NOT SEEN TALLEDEGA NIGHTS?!?!?

    Only movie EVER I had to fight back a spittake!

    Run, don’t walk, to your library and check it out!!

  4. Joe O. August 9, 2008 at 11:57 am #

    Library…I think little miss sunshine (another wonderful movie) will be using her redbox or some other next to free thing she can use a coupon for 🙂

  5. infijess August 11, 2008 at 1:00 pm #

    Yes I also recommend Little Miss Sunshine …

    And ummm libraries are about as free as you can get 😉

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