Step Brothers

Year: 2008
Studio: Columbia
Director: Adam McKay
Producer: Judd Apatow
Writer: Adam McKay/Will Ferrell/John C Reilly
Cast: Will Ferrell, John C Reilly, Mary Steenburgen, Richard Jenkins, Seth Rogen
The Will Ferrell shtick is still intact but many fans won't realise the extent to which it's worn thin until they see this film.

Talladega Nights and Blades of Glory cemented and perfected the man-child routine, Semi Pro sagged because of it, and despite a lot of honest and large laughs, this one-joke comedy shows the act straining under the weight of its own demands.

The fault however lies with the idea and not the execution. Ferrell and Reilly are the best partners for this crime, bouncing off each other effortlessly, neither one the straight man and each one with a wealth of surprising material as a result.

For reasons that are never explained (and which the director has alluded to mental illness in interviews), Dale (Reilly) and Brennan (Ferrell) are two men in their forties who think they're in their teens - slacking off with respective parents, not getting jobs, etc.

When their divorced parents (Steenburgen and Jenkins) decide the get married, they have to live together and the joke is in watching two grown men fight and refuse to get along like kids.

The plot is ostensibly about how they hate each other, find a common ground and then have to team up to save the day, but it's all about the gags surrounding the central conceit. And though many of them are funny, they're not really enough to offer anything new but chuckles in a ninety minute film.

The funniest part is actually the one-sheet poster, with both guys in very cheesy 1970s shopping mall photo service poses.

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