Excerpt: Following up their success in Talladega Nights , Will Ferrell and John C. Reily re-team for the hilarious, raunchy Step Brothers . While certainly not a movie for the prudish or those looking for “intelligent” comedy, Step Brothers is here for an audience looking to relax and laugh. It’s easily one of the best comedies of 2008. Brennan (Ferrell) and Dale (Reily) are 40-year olds still living at home, with no ambition or common sense.
Conclusion: I wish Step Brothers had won me over with its humor, characters, and story. However, even as a rabid Ferrell apologist, I just couldn't sink into the flick or ignore its glaring flaws... no matter how hard I laughed at Ferrell and Reilly's on-screen feud. Thankfully, Sony delivers a value-packed Blu-ray edition for fans to get excited about.
Conclusion: ’Step Brothers’ is a hilarious but seriously-flawed comedy that never reaches the heights of Ferrell’s best work. Thankfully, the Blu-ray edition is a bit more impressive. It features a sharp and faithful video transfer, an above average (albeit underwhelming) TrueHD audio track, and a generous collection of supplements that are arguably better than the film itself.
Excerpt: Brennan Huff is a sporadically employed thirty-nine-year-old who lives with his mother, Nancy. Dale Doback is a terminally unemployed forty-year-old who lives with his father, Robert. When Robert and Nancy marry and move in together, Brennan and Dale are forced to live with each other as step brothers.
Excerpt: With Step Brothers , Will Ferrell seems to be intentionally setting up a target for critics who have lambasted him reusing a man-child persona in most of his roles. In this movie, Ferrell’s character Brennan is as dumb as his version George W. Bush, as enthusiastic as a Spartan cheerleader, as convinced of his own importance as Ron Burgundy and as obsessed with toys as Buddy the Elf.
Excerpt: Ever since The 40-Year-Old Virgin laid the first row of bricks in Judd Apatow's comedy kingdom, profane tales of arrested development have become so ubiquitous that they're seemingly the only type of comedy Hollywood is interested in producing. Though Apatow started this trend of overgrown man-children and the women who tolerate them, the blame can't rest entirely at his feet.