Step Brothers

  • 15
  • Adam McKay (2008)
  • US
  • 101 min
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Film Review
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3 out of 5

Even at their most obnoxious, Will Ferrell and John C Reilly are strangely adorable together. Their on-screen chemistry was key to the success of Talladega Nights and they capitalise on that spark in this equally zany comedy, reteaming with director Adam McKay. Brennan (Ferrell) and Dale (Reilly) are a couple of 40-something losers who still live at home. All the gags rest on how these burly men act like spoilt children when their parents (Mary Steenburgen and Richard Jenkins) get hitched. They draw battle lines in the room they're forced to share, staring each other down at bedtime and trading peculiar (and phenomenally vulgar) insults - it's these elaborate exchanges that get the biggest laughs. But things do get a little weird and creepy as the gross-out moments get ever grosser, and the film's one joke is rather overstretched. Thankfully, Adam Scott shakes things up as Ferrell's overachieving brother - a bit like Tom Cruise on a sugar buzz. Of course it's totally juvenile, but that is, after all, the point.

Plot Summary

Comedy starring Will Ferrell and John C Reilly. When their respective parents get married, step brothers Brennan and Dale are forced to share a room. The problem is that these guys are in their 40s and should have flown the nest long ago.

Cast and crew


Brennan Huff
Will Ferrell
Dale Doback
John C Reilly
Nancy Huff
Mary Steenburgen
Robert Doback
Richard Jenkins
Derek Huff
Adam Scott
Alice Huff
Kathryn Hahn
Andrea Savage
Elizabeth Yozkamp


Adam McKay

Other Information

Theatrical distributor: 
Columbia Pictures Corporation Ltd
Swearing, sexual references.
Available on DVD and BluRay
Released 29 Aug 2008
Certificate 15
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment