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Step Brothers (2008)

R  |   |  Comedy  |  25 July 2008 (USA)
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Reviews: 274 user | 171 critic | 33 from Metacritic.com

Two aimless middle-aged losers still living at home are forced against their will to become room-mates when their parents marry.



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Blind Man


Brennan Huff and Dale Doback are both about 40 when Brennan's mom and Dale's dad marry. The sons still live with the parents so they must now share a room. Initial antipathy threatens the household's peace and the parents' relationship. Dad lays down the law: both slackers have a week to find a job. Out of the job search and their love of music comes a pact that leads to friendship but more domestic disarray compounded by the boys' sleepwalking. Hovering nearby are Brennan's successful brother and his lonely wife: the brother wants to help sell his step-father's house, the wife wants Dale's attention, and the newlyweds want to retire and sail the seven seas. Can harmony come from the discord? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


They grow up so fast.



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for crude and sexual content, and pervasive language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

25 July 2008 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Hermanastros  »

Box Office


$65,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$30,940,732 (USA) (25 July 2008)


£6,154,637 (UK) (26 September 2008)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


In the scene where Brennan and Dale are in their room showing each other their night vision goggles and autographed sword, the camera pans around while the characters are walking, and you can see a Hugalo's Pizza car light on top of the chest of drawers in the room. Will Ferrell worked for Hugalo's Pizza in "Talladega Nights" (which starred both Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly) after he lost his job as a race car driver. See more »


During Christmas dinner, Tiffany shares that she was given a pearl necklace for Christmas. During the singing scene in the car, the same necklace can be seen on Tiffany's neck. See more »


[first lines]
Nancy Huff: Hey, Brennan.
Brennan Huff: Mom, I'm watching the thing...
Nancy Huff: Yeah. I'm leaving.
Brennan Huff: ...with the lady.
Nancy Huff: Okay, I'll be home around 11.
Brennan Huff: Bye, Mom.
Nancy Huff: Bye, Brennan.
aerobic instructress on TV: Let's slowly get those hips up.
Brennan Huff: [shoves right hand down his pants to masturbate]
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The title of the movie is the last thing shown in the opening credits. See more »


Referenced in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #22.53 (2013) See more »


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User Reviews

Step Laughter
4 January 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This was quite a funny movie. Of course the entire premise is utterly ridiculous, two "grown men" ages 39 and 40, still job-less, living with their parents? It seemed to me that these two guys acted like 9 year-olds, but that is what makes it funny. I think this movie was even funnier than Talladega Nights, Ferrell & Reilly's first collaboration.

There was a very thin and outrageous plot, but it lent itself to tons of improvisation, and in turn creating some of the ridiculous scenes, circumstances, and dialog. And seeing Mary Steenburgen curse like a sailor was hysterical. Ferrell and Reilly both play their characters to the hilt, as does Adam Scott, the evil younger brother, and his insane wife played by Kathryn Hahn. Overall there is an equal amount of slapstick, dialog, and potty humor (well okay, probably a bit heavier on the potty humor).

Though the movie itself is very hysterical, there are also some equally good bloopers, cut scenes, etc. on the DVD bonus materials. These are as hysterical as the movie was. I highly recommend renting the DVD and watching the extra features.

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