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Step Brothers (2008)
silly, light-hearted fun.
Step Brothers is far from a perfect film... its plot and progress are cumbersome, and it doesn't seem to know if it's pro, or anti "grown-ups" being bums. Like Anchorman, it is full of one-liners and physical gags that, while quite funny, have pretty much nothing to do with the actual plot itself. For the most part they work, but for me it was pretty hit-or-miss in places.
It sees a reunion of with Ferrell and Adam McKay (the director who usually normally "brings out the best" in Ferrell), be it as a sketch writer and short-film director on "Saturday Night Live" or in bigger features like; "Talladega Nights" and "Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy", both of which like "Step Brothers," were co-written by Ferrell and McKay, with the pervasive Judd Apatow producing.
It's nice to see Will Ferrell returning to what he does best, after watching him try to duplicate the character-and-slapstick formula much less successfully in movies like "Semi Pro".
One of the more commendable things about Step Brothers is that it gives Ferrell the opportunity to be understated at times, something he has seemingly forgotten to do in his non-McKay / Apatow films. He also does a lot of squinting, bringing back memories of his old George W. Bush impressions.
Reilly is also pretty funny, but Richard Jenkins (dead Father of "Six Feet Under," fame) is the big surprise.
As mentioned before, it's pretty hit-or-miss in many parts, so don't expect too much... that way you won't be disappointed.