Step Brothers (2008)

A comedy that almost every teenager in the 21st century quotes non-stop.

Brennan Huff (Will Ferrell) and Dale Doback (John C. Reilly) might be grown men. But that doesn’t stop them from living at home and turning into jealous, competitive stepbrothers when their single parents (Mary Steenburgen and Richard Jenkins) marry. Brennan’s constant competition with Dale strains his mom’s marriage to Dale’s dad, leaving everyone to wonder whether they’ll ever see eye to eye.

I remember when this film first came out in the Summer of 2008 and how almost everybody who saw it, hated it. Now, almost every single person on the face of this Earth has quoted it, or at least seen it.

This film deserves to be quoted so many times because it actually is really funny. I don’t know how much of this was actually scripted but I have to say a lot of the things that are said here, will have you cracking your ass up for days. I mean you have the usual gross-out humor that serves no meaning to the actual plot, slapstick, and these two grown-ass men acting like little kids. Much of this humor is just constant rambling about something completley random, but I have to say I laughed a whole lot.

Despite laughing so much at the beginning of this film, I have to say that there’s a middle part with this film that actually slows down. You can tell right where the laughs come around less and less, and this is what bothered me since my cheeks were practically hurting from the beginning. Also, I wish there was more sophisticated laughs here instead of just childish jokes because I think if the filmmakers actually gained some confidence in the audience, they could have made a lot more funnier stuff up there.

No matter what though, it’s always awesome to see Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly doing what they do best, be down-right hilarious. A lot of this you can already tell is improvised, but these two make it seem so natural and perfect, that you can’t help but believe these two guys as these sort of man-children. The script gives them a lot to work with here, but it’s how these two actually deliver it, that works so well and keeps the laughs coming and coming. Mary Steenburgen and Richard Jenkins were also good as their parents, who both bring their own little laughs. Let’s not forget to mention Adam Scott as the asshole brother, Derek, who practically steals the show almost every time he’s on screen, and has one of the more memorable scenes. You know what I’m talking about.

Consensus: Step Brothers may get a little slow by the end, you still can’t help but laugh at all the non-stop gut-busting laughs here, that are delivered terrifically by naturals John C. Reilly and Will Ferrell.



  1. “A comedy that almost every teenager in the 21st century quotes non-stop” — and even some 50 year olds 😉 Man, I love this movie!

  2. I’m a teenager … and I never understood the appeal of this film. Sure, it’s funny.

    But better than “40-Year Old Virgin” or “Superbad” or “Wedding Crashers” or Anchorman”? Hell no

    • Not better than any of them, well maybe Wedding Crashers, but I can’t deny the fact that this made me laugh like crazy throughout the whole film.

  3. When I first saw it on TV, I was like “OK…” Then I saw it again and laughed. Now, I think it’s fucking hilarious.

    Yes, everybody quotes that movie. BTW, you know that scene where Adam Scott and his family were butchering “Sweet Child O’Mine” and that kid was doing a solo? Is it me or does everyone wants to punch that little shit?

    My dad suddenly realizes that yes, 80s Billy Joel Doo-Wop does suck!!!

  4. i’m glad i never saw this stupid movie. will ferrell is a pussy and i don’t like him. he ruins any movie he’s in. i will never watch any movie with him again.

  5. Love your review, a lot more insightful than mine since it was mainly go watch this damn movie. also, my favorite quote is:
    I’m going to take a pillowcase and fill it full of bars of soap and beat the shit out of you!

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