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Step Brothers (2008)

(R) 98 mins

Cast: Will Ferrell, John C. Reilly, Richard Jenkins, Mary Steenburgen, Adam Scott, Kathryn Hahn, Andrea Savage, Rob Riggle

Director: Adam McKay

Writers: Will Ferrell, Adam McKay

Producers: Will Ferrell, Adam McKay, David Householter, Jimmy Miller, Judd Apatow

Movie Description: In Step Brothers, Ferrell plays Brennan Huff, a sporadically employed thirty-nine-year-old who lives with his mother, Nancy (Mary Steenburgen). Reilly plays Dale Doback, a terminally unemployed forty-year-old who lives with his father, Robert (Richard Jenkins). When Robert and Nancy marry and move in together, Brennan and Dale are forced to live with each other as step brothers. As their narcissism and downright aggressive laziness threaten to tear the family apart, these two middle-aged, immature, overgrown boys will orchestrate an insane, elaborate plan to bring their parents back together. To pull it off, they must form an unlikely bond that maybe, just maybe, will finally get them out of the house.

Serious Jest: (Theater) Ferrell and Reilly pick up right where they left off in Talladega Nights (it’s not a sequel, though): awesomeness. I was afraid this movie would be too stupid to be funny, and it was silly, but very witty. You’ll still find this funny the second time you watch it, you’ll find yourself quoting the many classic lines from this movie, and you might even find yourself bumping “Boats and Hoes” in your whip. This film is yet another Apatow production worth owning.

CraigMakk: (Theater) Did this movie and I just become best friends? YUP! John C. Reilly is the standout from this movie, and he continues to make Will Ferrell relevant no matter how hard he tries to make you hate him. The greatest sign of a good comedy is it’s quotability, and this movie has it in spades. I don’t know if the collapsing bed or the failed murder/burial-in-the-backyard is better, but I do know that both made me piss myself. And I’m a grown man, so that’s a problem. Actually, I should probably talk to my doctor about that. I don’t think that should happen, no matter how funny a scene is. I wonder if I’ll have any problems getting an appointment? Oh, you’re still here? Sorry, this movie is a modern-day classic, and will be quoted for years to come. Just stock up on Depends just in case.

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