Review: Step Brothers Is Exactly What You Expect

Monday, July 28 by

If you saw the trailer Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly’s antics made you laugh so hard you fell off of the couch you sleep on in your mom’s basement, then this might be your pick for best movie of the year. You might also need a job, a girl friend and a shower.

The plot in 13 words:
Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly yell at the top of their lungs.

Disclaimer:
I feel like before I give you a bunch of reasons I didn’t like this movie, I should tell you that I went in thinking it was going to be a perfect fit. I love immature humor. The majority of my DVD collection is comprised of stuff my serious critic friends wouldn’t watch unless someone strapped them down to the brainwashing chair from A Clockwork Orange. But there’s a fine line between "so stupid it’s funny" and "too stupid to be funny." Excuse my technical film terms.

It’s getting old:
There was a time when I thought Will Ferrell was one of the funniest people in the world, but after seeing him do the same "kid trapped in the body of chubby, adult man" act for years, it’s getting pretty tiresome. That’s not to say that it can’t be funny sometimes, but Step Brothers feels like it was written over the course of a dinner. A lot of the jokes are really predictable and most of the dialog sounds as if they just sat down at a table and said, "OK, we need to think of lines we can yell, that teenage boys will want to yell later. That way, they’ll keep thinking about the movie."

What about John C. Reilly?
His recent appearances on the Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! give me a litle more hope for Johnny’s ability to take his silliness to a different level, but he still comes off pretty flat in this flick. It was definitely better than Walk Hard, but he’s not quite Rodney Dangerfield in Caddyshack, either.

But the trailer looks so funny…
It’s true, the trailers were pretty funny, but the problem is that they gave away too many of the jokes. The bunkbed gag, the burial scene and most of the other stuff that could make you laugh, you’ve already seen. Of course they couldn’t show Will Ferrell’s prosthetic balls in the commercial, so you still have that to look forward to.

The best part:
So far this review has been pretty negative, but there are a few funny moments. The one that comes to mind first is a sleepwalking bit where the two stars just yell incoherently and throw stuff everywhere. It’s proof that the method can work if done properly.

Is it worth the $10?

It’s sad for me to have to say this, but you’re really not missing much by not catching this one in the theater. Just wait for it to come to pay-per-view, then order it at your friend’s house before he notices. Or, go play with a couple of 9-year olds and you’ll get pretty much the same effect.

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