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Film Review: “Step Brothers”

(Sony Pictures. 1 hour, 35 minutes. Rated R for crude and sexual content, and pervasive language. Directed by Adam McKay.) Will Ferrell (Brennan Huff), John C. Reilly (Dale Doback), Mary Steenburgen (Nancy Huff), Richard Jenkins (Dr. Robert Doback). Music by Jon Brion.

If you’re a fan of Will Ferrell’s movies, you can stop here. You’re probably already waiting in line and surfing the web on your cellphone to pass the time. As for the rest of you, here goes. Brennan and Dale are two spoiled, unemployed 40-year-olds who still live with their parents (Steenburgen and Jenkins, respectively). When their parents marry, Brennan and Dale hate each other initially, but bond through their mutual hatred of Brennan’s arrogant younger brother Derek (Adam Scott). Your enjoyment of this film will depend on how much you like seeing two grown men act like spoiled 8-year-olds. The plot is whisper thin, and raises more questions than it answers, such as: how could these two nice people raise such idiots? There are some clever nuggets of humor sprinkled throughout (example: Dale drops out of college to join the family business, but his father’s a doctor), but they’re largely overwhelmed by the crude, often needlessly vulgar proceedings. After their great pairing in Talladega Nights, I expected more out of Ferrell and Reilly, but was sadly disappointed. This recent trend in movies, especially those by Apatow & co., of men acting like boys is starting to wear a bit thin. Let’s hope they move on soon. One final note: be sure to wait out the credits, as you might end up missing the funniest part of the movie.

Jared Counts

Jared Counts

Digital Technology Manager

A UH alum, Jared Counts was hired part-time at KUHF Radio in early 2003, bouncing between departments until being hired full-time as a web developer in Febraury 2007. He currently manages the front- and back-end of this website (including the WordPress plugin that runs this staff directory), as well as...

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