Thursday, August 7, 2008

Step Brothers

Kind of a let down.

Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly in tandem should be way funnier than they are. Talladega Nights was not as funny as it could have been and Step Brothers follows suit. Lots of good jokes. Two funny lead actors. A ridiculous story idea that allows for many chances for comedy.

The plethora of hysterical jokes are peppered throughout the movie with a lot of slow points that make the viewer just wish the jokes were back.

Co-writer and director Adam McKay seems like he's hearkening back to his SNL days of settling for occasional funniness.

Ferrell and Reilly are grown men who still live with their single parents. The parents, played by Mary Steenburgen and Richard Jenkins (Six Feet Under's Nathaniel), meet and fall in love and the two guys are forced upon each other.

The new step siblings are too much alike and thus hilarity ensues. Or rather should be ensuing. Instead we get the funny jokes from the previews, but expanded upon and left to drown in a sea of less funny jokes.

Ferrell and McKay were clearly at their best in Anchorman and on www.FunnyOrDie.com.

Wait for video or cable for this one. But if you do go see it, wait for the clip during the credits. worth sticking around and probably should have been the actual end of the movie and not the bonus clip.

Step Brothers gets a C+.
--John Berry, Online Editor--

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