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Step Brothers (2008)

R | | Comedy | 25 July 2008 (USA)
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Two aimless middle-aged losers still living at home are forced against their will to become roommates when their parents marry.

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Adam McKay

Writers:

Will Ferrell (screenplay), Adam McKay (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

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 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

Taglines:

They grow up so fast.

Genres:

Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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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, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$100,468,793

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$128,107,642
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (unrated) | (extended DVD edition)

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SDDS | DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Kathryn Hahn (Alice) and Adam Scott (Derek) appeared in The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013). Hahn as Walter's sister, and Scott as the takeover director for LIFE Magazine. See more »

Goofs

Right before the brothers meet the schoolyard bullies, one scene shows them already meeting the bullies face-to-face, while the next shot shows them still walking 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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Crazy Credits

There are two additional short scenes, one during the credits and one afterwards. They are; Brennan & Dale arrive in a helicopter to have a rematch fight with the junior high bullies. Brennan & Dale suffering another joint bout of sleepwalking, colliding into one another before heading out of a door. See more »

Alternate Versions

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

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Warning: This film is very dumb. Warning 2: It is also hilarious to watch.
14 June 2009 | by diac228See all my reviews

Welcome to Masterpiece Theater. In this program, we study, analyze, and praise only the most prestigious, mature, sophisticated, and acclaimed works in modern cinema. The next film in our program features male nudity, random humor, quirky one-liners, obscenities sprinkled like spices on meat, and enough immaturity to make Saturday morning cartoons appear to look like Mozart's 22nd piano concerto. The highly sophisticated and charming Will Ferrell teams up with dashing John C. Reilly as they deliver us a trip down a level of integrity rarely ever seen in movie-making. The result is a comedy so low in the intelligence scale, it doesn't require anything past a 2nd grade education to truly appreciate what a show they've put on.

In this comedy full of Shakespearean integrity, we find two men who fail to live up to their dreams, being forced to share the same house and the same parents. With their personalities being so alike, they start clashing like two extremely powerful magnets facing each other. However, as time moves on, they become close like brothers (as the clever title states) and attempt to succeed with each other's help. This script, helmed by Reilly, Ferrell and Adam McKay (Our director), combines crude humor with more heart than a dead flea for approximately 98 minutes. So, it's never too long and never too preachy.

Full of whimsical material, Step Brothers never quite loses focus in the art it's portraying. Whether it's engaging in a nasty battle against much younger kids, having to come in contact with feces, rapping about anatomy below the waist, fighting multiple times, making detailed threats about extraneous activities, speaking like a careless sailor, or even playing around with an extremely dangerous weapon in multiple instances, our heroes of the story encounter many, many obstacles. Just when you think the plot runs out of ideas, we get another surprise.

That being said, before engaging in a viewing session with this work of classy art, one must develop a taste for it. If you didn't quite comprehend the quality of Anchorman or Talladega Nights, then odds are you will not appreciate Step Brothers. You must be immune to absolute stupidity, absurdity, and crudeness that you just usually do not see. Ferrell has perfected his art of being a lovable oaf with the smarts of a sack of refined beans. If you do enjoy this sort of art though, then there's no reason why you will not engage in a spirited chuckle once in a while. You will be referencing the movie long after the credits roll; it's just a part of nature.

Bottom Line: On the offchance that you missed every hint towards sarcasm in the previous several paragraphs, Step Brothers is quite possibly the most immature movie in the history of modern film-making. With that being said, as long as you have the acquired taste and are willing to accept stupidity for a long period of time, you'll have a blast. The chemistry between the actors is phenomenal, as Ferrell and Reilly seemed destined to work together. The plot throws our main characters into many different scenarios, disallowing you a chance to see what's going to happen next. Step Brothers, a hall of fame candidate in any Masterpiece Immature Theater.


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