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

Director:

Adam McKay

Writers:

Will Ferrell (screenplay), Adam McKay (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Will Ferrell ... Brennan Huff
John C. Reilly ... Dale Doback
Mary Steenburgen ... Nancy Huff
Richard Jenkins ... Dr. Robert Doback
Adam Scott ... Derek
Kathryn Hahn ... Alice
Andrea Savage ... Denise
Lurie Poston ... Tommy
Elizabeth Yozamp Elizabeth Yozamp ... Tiffany
Logan Manus ... Chris Gardoki
Travis T. Flory ... Redheaded Kid (as Travis Flory)
Lili Rose McKay Lili Rose McKay ... 7-Year-Old Girl (as Lili McKay)
Shira Piven ... Nurse
Seth Morris ... Doctor
Wayne Federman ... Blind Man
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Storyline

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 month 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>

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They grow up so fast.

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Comedy

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

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Despite playing his mother, Mary Steenburgen is only fourteen years older than Will Ferrell. See more »

Goofs

When Brennan gets out of bed after singing to Dale the sword is on the floor between the beds. As Brennan explains that he's had a sore throat, the sword isn't there. See more »

Quotes

[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 shoves his hand down his pants]
[...]
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The title of the movie is the last thing shown in the opening credits. See more »

Alternate Versions

The unrated version has 8 minutes of additional footage not in the theatrical release. See more »

Connections

References The Wizard of Oz (1939) See more »

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Back and Forth
Written by Jon Brion and Adam McKay
Produced and Performed by Jon Brion
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Bloody Hilarious
7 August 2008 | by Scars_RemainSee all my reviews

I have been getting a lot of mixed reviews about this movie. Some people love it, some people hate it, some people are just plain grossed out by it. I'm in the love it category. There were a few unnecessary gross out scenes but the rest of it is just awesome straight forward comedy.

John C. Reilly and Will Ferrell are amazing. I also loved Talladega Nights so it was great too see them as co-actors again. The story is ridiculous, there's no doubt about that, but it's really fun and I felt it moved along very well. I was also laughing out loud at the humor in this movie. There are so many spot on jokes and so many quotable lines.

See this one if you're a fan of films like Talladega Nights, Superbad and Walk Hard. I think you'll find that is quite a bit to love about it.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

25 July 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Step Brothers See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$65,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$30,940,732, 27 July 2008

Gross USA:

$100,468,793

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$128,108,211
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Runtime:

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Color:

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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