Step Brothers

This film directed by Adam McKay and starring Will Ferrell and John C Reiley is barely deserving of a review.

The premise is that Brennan (Ferrell) and Dale (Reiley) are two 40-ish men living at home with their single parents. They become step brothers and room-sharers when their parents marry and move in together. It feels like a first draft rather than a finished film and it’s just not funny enough. It has two moments of inspired comedy, where there is childlike charm and naïvety (the bunk beds scene being one and the balls on the drums being the other) but for nearly all of the hour and a half it’s just like watching two rude 7 year olds arguing. Nothing other than two 7 year olds arguing. That’s not a film, that’s an impersonation.

It seems a subject that could be ripe for a good film – the number of mid-thirties childish sons and daughters still living at home with their parents, but this film is an insult to the audience’s intelligence. The filmmakers seem to be aiming for a response along the lines of “Huh! Shout a swear word again! Dat’s like I is!! Huhhhh!”

It’s just not good enough.

1 on 5

Director: Adam McKay
Starring: Will Ferrell, John C. Reilly, Mary Steenburgen, Richard Jenkins, Adam Scott, Kathryn Hahn UK Release: 29th August 2008



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