Step Brothers

Step Brothers

Adam McKay (2008)

15 Certificate
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Our Score
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.


Brennan and Dale are two 40-year-old men who have never flown the nest. All that changes when Brennan's mother marries Dale's father, and the spoiled sons are forced to share a room. They take an instant dislike to each other, but when their long-suffering parents finally insist they find jobs, they learn to work together. Comedy, with Will Ferrell, John C Reilly, Mary Steenburgen and Richard Jenkins.

Cast & Crew

Brennan Huff Will Ferrell
Dale Doback John C Reilly
Nancy Huff Mary Steenburgen
Dr Robert Doback Richard Jenkins
Derek Huff Adam Scott
Alice Huff Kathryn Hahn
Denise Andrea Savage
Tommy Huff Lurie Poston
Director Adam McKay
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Columbia Pictures Corporation LtdGuidance: Swearing, sexual references.Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 29 Aug 2008