Movie Review: Step Brothers

September 19, 2019

The film Step Brothers (2008) is a comedy written and directed by Adam McKay. The film stars Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly who respectively play Brennan Huff and Dale Doback, two 40-something- year-old men still living off their parents’ finances. The two are reluctantly forced to co-exist with each when Huff’s mother marries Doback’s father. In the attempt to join families, the two men find themselves in hilariously mischievous situations and trying to overcome various obstacles, using funny but illogical solutions throughout the movie. As the movie progresses, we see that Doback’s and Huff’s comical mischief eventually causes the family to temporarily separate before finally reuniting at the movie’s conclusion.


The film is extremely humorous, as Ferrell and Reilly let their comedic improvisation skills shine as the starts of the movie playing off of each other masterfully throughout. Hurling laughable, profane, saturated insults at each other when at odds and collaborating on idiotic ideas while building their relationship. The film’s supporting cast of Richard Jenkins, Adam Scott and Mary Steenburgen also does an excellent job of adding hilariously funny dialogue to the movie. The supporting cast also seems to be in tune with their fellow actors’ comedic timing and skills. Due to the film’s graphic language and sexual content, it is not recommended for children or teenagers as it received an “R” rating. The film’s humor is extremely profane and has mature subject content which led to the film’s rating. Since its release 11 years ago, Step Brothers has garnered high praise and enjoyed extreme success. It won an American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers’ Film and Television Music Award in 2009 for being named the Top Box Office Film, as well as The Golden Trailer Award for Best Comedy Poster in 2008. The film has since been considered a cult classic and continues to be one of the most popular and highest grossing comedy films since its release. A highly-recommended film for anyone looking for knee-slapping and gut-busting laughs.

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