Wednesday, August 6, 2008
Movie Review: Step Brothers
Two spoiled men (Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly) become competitive stepbrothers after their single parents get hitched.
If you saw the previews and know anything about Ferrell and Reilly at all you know what to expect going into this movie, and it doesn't disappoint. I wondered if the immature, gross-out humor would wear thin during the running time of over 90 minutes, but it really never did to me. It's funny often and hilarious occasionally, but it's never really boring.
Ferrell and Reilly are just such a perfect match. I couldn't imagine hanging around the 2 clowns in real life and I'm guessing it's a laugh a minute being on the set with them. They just play so well off each other. The supporting cast does a nice job as well, as much as you can at least with these 2 on screen.
Don't be looking for any highbrow humor though, it's fart jokes and penis talk at every turn. I'm sure 10-year-olds would love the movie more than I did even, but I'm hoping nobody is going to let their young kids in to see this movie as it's all sorts of raunchy. I mean it is rated R, and for a good reason. (although the people sitting across the aisle from us had their 8-year-old with them for some reason and I hope they don't punish him when he starts dropping F-bombs at school)
I was a bit worried from seeing the previews that the 2 step brothers would "grow up" and the movie would start to deliver a message on those lines and end with 30 minutes of boredom, but that's just not what happens at all. It takes a turn, but it stays just as ridiculous.
Don't go in looking for a spiritual uplifting or meaningful message, because you'll have wasted your $8. It's ridiculous, it's slapstick, it's rude, it's vulgar, it's ludicrous, it's juvenile... but damned if I didn't laugh my butt off. When it comes out on DVD, it will fit very nicely on my shelf beside Dumb and Dumber, Walk Hard, Superbad, 40-Year-Old Virgin and Knocked Up.
Not Will Ferrell's best movie (I reserve that spot for either Elf or Anchorman) but it's right on par with them and much better than Semi-Pro.