Did We Just Become Best Friends?

Step Brothers isn’t exactly a warm display of brotherly love. As I’ve said many times before, I’m not always the biggest fan of crude R rated comedies. Even though Adam McKay is one of the most respected modern comedy directors. Anchorman won me over, but I still haven’t seen Talladega Nights. I’ll admit I probably wouldn’t have seen Step Brothers if not for so many of my friends enjoying it. Step Brothers reunites Will Ferrell with John C. Reilly and the result is mostly hilarious.

Brennan and Dale are grown men still living with their parents. They’re forced to become stepbrothers when Brennan’s mom marries Dale’s dad. Richard Jenkins and Mary Steenburgen are just as committed. Although the main focus is on the titular stepbrother’s, Brennan also has a douchey more successful brother to deal with. Adam Scott has the right kind of punchable face and Kathryn Hahn goes a little over-the-top as his long-suffering wife. When it works, Brennan and Dale are a fun pair of manchildren who hate each other before becoming best friends.

When it doesn’t work, it really doesn’t work. Some of their antics can be too immature, profane, or random. Namely the drum scene or sleepwalking scene. The funniest scenes are of Brennan and Dale bonding, trying to kill each other, going on unsuccessful interviews, and getting picked on by school kids. They also go to therapy, make an explicit music video called “Boats ‘N Hoes,” and set everything right at the f***ing Catalina Wine Mixer. I’m not surprised that Step Brothers gained a cult following, but I’m only so immature enough to appreciate it.

Step Brothers

Brennan and Dale get through fighting

4 thoughts on “Did We Just Become Best Friends?

  1. Crude humor is a lost art in a way, it has to be handled with care, otherwise it comes off so wrong. Not the biggest Will Ferrell fan, but I think John C. Reilly is one of the best modern character actors out there.

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