Friday, February 20, 2009


DVD review from The Movie Snob

Stepbrothers (B-). How do you rate, much less review, a movie that is as unrelentingly crude, that is as aggressively stupid, and that is as completely nonsensical as this one? Especially if it makes you laugh out loud several times along the way? The "plot" is preposterous. Will Ferrell (Stranger Than Fiction) and John C. Reilly (For Love of the Game) are Brennan and Dale--40-year-old men who still live at home with their single parents, played by Richard Jenkins (The Visitor) and Mary Steenburgen (Parenthood). Their world is upended when their parents meet and wed. Brennan and Dale act like they are about 9 years old. At first they hate each other, then they become best friends. Brennan has a successful younger brother named Derek who makes his family sing "Sweet Child of Mine" like a hymn while they ride in their SUV. Derek's wife hits on Dale quite enthusiastically after he punches Derek in the face for being an arrogant jerk. Brennan falls in love with his therapist. Brennan and Dale go on job interviews together, with predictable results. None of it makes any sense, but as I said, I got some laughs out of it.


Anonymous Borg Queen said...

He doesn't want to admit it, but we laughed a lot watching this film, despite its occasional crudity. He liked the film more than he's letting on... :-)

10:24 PM  

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