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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 »

Parents Guide:

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Details

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)

Sound Mix:

SDDS | DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

In the commentary, Adam McKay said that they originally went to Catalina Island for location shots, and discovered that he didn't really like it. Instead, they shot on the coast. Catalina Island appears in several shots, and McKay chose not to have it digitally edited out, as a joke. See more »

Goofs

When Nancy moves in and first walks up to the house with Robert, they stop to greet Dale. In the next shot, Dale is shown still turning his head as if the couple keep walking a few seconds onwards. In the following shot, the couple are still standing where they stopped and the position of Dale's head is back to where he looked at them before the intermediate shot. 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

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

Referenced in The Jay Leno Show: Episode #1.53 (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

Live on Stage
Written by The Alchemist (as Alan Maman), Evidence (as Michael Perretta) and Rakaa Iriscience (as Rakaa Taylor)
Performed by Dilated Peoples
Produced by: The Alchemist.
Courtesy of Capitol Records
Under license from EMI Film & Television Music
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User Reviews

 
Step Laughter
4 January 2009 | by marimbadaddySee 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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