Step Brothers (film)
|Directed by||Adam McKay|
|Music by||Jon Brion|
|Editing by||Brent White|
|Distributed by||Columbia Pictures|
|Running time||98 minutes
106 minutes (unrated version)
|Box office||$181,807,642 (Including DVD sales)|
Step Brothers is a 2008 American buddy slapstick comedy film starring Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly. The screenplay was written by Will Ferrell and Adam McKay, from a story written by them with Reilly. It was produced by Jimmy Miller and Judd Apatow, and directed by McKay.
The film was released on July 25, 2008, roughly two years after the same group of men wrote, produced, and starred in another comedy, Talladega Nights.
39-year-old Brennan Huff (Will Ferrell) and 40-year-old Dale Doback (John C. Reilly) are two unemployed, middle-aged, spoiled, and self-centered men who still live with (and are reliant on) their parents. They have no intention of moving out or finding jobs and behave childishly. When Brennan's mother Nancy (Mary Steenburgen) and Dale's father Robert (Richard Jenkins) marry, Brennan and Dale are forced to live with each other as step brothers.
After an argument over Dale's drum set causes Dale and Brennan to get into a fight, their parents warn them that they must find jobs within a month or else be forced out of the house. When Brennan's successful younger brother Derek (Adam Scott) comes to visit with his oddly perfect family, he mocks them and entices Dale to punch him in the face. Brennan is awed that Dale was able to stand up to Derek. Meanwhile, Derek's wife Alice (Kathryn Hahn), who is also resentful of Derek, finds Dale's courage a turn on. Brennan and Dale discover their many shared interests and develop a strong personal bond. Meanwhile, Robert becomes irate at their continued immature behavior and forces them to look for jobs.
Brennan and Dale are unsuccessful in obtaining jobs after annoying all of their prospective employers. After the interview, a local school bully, Chris Gardocki (Logan Manus) and his classmates bully Brennan and Dale. Robert and Nancy reveal their plans to retire and sail the world, and demand that Brennan and Dale find other living arrangements. Consequently, the two sabotage attempts to sell the house by dressing up as a Nazi and a Klansman.
Dale and Brennan, in their attempts to start an entertainment company, "Prestige Worldwide", release their first music video for "Boats N' Hoes" in front of their family, which shows them accidentally wrecking Robert's boat. Angered to his limits, Robert refuses the investment. Robert later walks out on Christmas Eve to go to the Cheesecake Factory for a drink and, upon his return later that evening, proclaims to Nancy that it was the "happiest he had been in months". The following day, at Christmas dinner, he announces his intention to divorce Nancy, causing Brennan and Dale to break down.
Upon discovering that each blames the other for the divorce, the boys decide to go their separate ways. Brennan starts working for Derek's helicopter leasing firm and Dale works for a catering company.
Brennan, wanting to reunite the broken family, takes the initiative to manage a sales party for Derek's company and invites Robert and Nancy. The party is a success and Robert ultimately encourages Brennan and Dale to be their eccentric child-at-heart selves again, sympathizing with their misery in their "adult" lives due to an experience as a 17-year-old when his dad told him to stop acting like a child and give up his dreams of being a dinosaur. When the singer from the band hired for the event leaves after being heckled, Brennan and Dale take to the stage and perform "Por ti Volare." Derek (like the rest of the audience) is so moved by the performance that he and Brennan make amends.
Six months later, Robert and Nancy are reunited and move back into their old home, while Brennan and Dale form a successful entertainment company that runs karaoke events.
After the credits, Brennan and Dale confront Gardocki and his classmates, fighting and effortlessly beating many of the kids and causing the remainder to run away. Brennan and Dale then walk away, with the two lightly arguing about the drum set.
- Will Ferrell as Brennan Huff (Knight Hawk), Nancy's 39-year-old son and Dale's stepbrother.
- John C. Reilly as Dale Doback (Dragon), Robert's 40-year-old son and Brennan's stepbrother.
- Richard Jenkins as Robert Doback, Dale's once-widower father, a physician.
- Mary Steenburgen as Nancy Huff-Doback, Brennan's divorced mother and a doctor who meets Robert at a work conference.
- Adam Scott as Derek Huff, Brennan's successful younger brother and the main antagonist of the film.
- Kathryn Hahn as Alice Huff, Derek's nymphomanaical, emotionally crazed, maltreated wife who has an affair with Dale.
- Andrea Savage as Denise, Brennan's therapist and inadvertent love interest.
- Rob Riggle as Randy, Derek's best friend.
- Logan Manus as Chris Gardocki, an 11-year old who abuses Dale on a regular basis.
- Lurie Poston as Tommy.
- Elizabeth Yozamp as Tiffany.
- Ken Jeong as Employment Agent.
- Wayne Federman as Don, the Dobacks' blind neighbor.
- Abigail Wagner as Erica, store owner.
- Carli Coleman and Brandon T. Webb as the first homebuyers.
- Phil LaMarr as the Second Homebuyer.
- Matt Walsh as Drunk Corporate Guy.
- Seth Rogen as a sporting goods manager.
- Gillian Vigman as Pam, an interviewer for Brennan and Dale.
- Horatio Sanz as the lead singer of "Uptown Girl" (the 80s Billy Joel cover band) that Brennan hires for the Catalina Wine Mixer.
- Brady Scanlon as a "Boats 'N' Hoes" music video extra.
Step Brothers received mixed reviews. Rotten Tomatoes reports that 55% of critics gave the film a positive review. At the website Metacritic, which utilizes a normalized rating system, the film earned a mixed rating of 51/100 based on 33 reviews. Roger Ebert gave the film 1 1/2 out of 4 stars and stated, "When did comedies get so mean? Step Brothers has a premise that might have produced a good time at the movies, but when I left, I felt a little unclean.".
Home media release
The film was released for home video on December 2, 2008 in a single-disc rated edition, a single-disc unrated edition and a 2-disc unrated edition. The film generated sales an estimated 3.87 million units in DVD and Blu-ray, totally $63.7 million. For the home video release, Will Ferrell, John C. Reilly, and Adam McKay recorded a commentary track for the film is mostly sung, accompanied by Jon Brion; the track covers "the movie-making process [and] their characters’ offscreen lives" in remarks that range "from the inspired to the irritatingly prolonged, but when Ferrell and Reilly really get into a good groove, they’re actually funnier than the main feature."
Adam McKay tweeted that John C. Reilly and Will Ferrell would be producing a Step Brothers rap album, set to be produced by Mos Def. The release date for the album is unknown. Adam Mckay says that the rap album fell apart and will not be released.
Adam McKay was also interviewed about the possible sequel. “We’re kicking around the idea of Step Brothers 2," he said. "We feel like there’s way more fat to be mined there. While it isn’t quite the legend that Anchorman is, it has built kind of a nice following. We think it could be a pretty fun one.” He added that Ferrell and Reilly's characters would be mature and have jobs. "One of them’s married and has a kid. They’re still kind of goofballs but they’ve taken three or four steps. Then we have an idea for something happens that knocks him back to square one, and one of the brothers, John C. Reilly sort of instigates it, like ‘we can’t take this anymore.’ And things go really bad, their lives kind of fall apart. They have to pull it back together is sort of the basic structure." McKay has also said that ideas that were not used in the first film may be used in the sequel.
On 13 November 2013, Ferrell announced that the chances of a second film being made is unlikely for the near future, stating that Ferrell decided to commit to film the second Anchorman film, rather than making a sequel to Step Brothers. Ferrell said, "We really were [planning a sequel] prior to this," he tells Celebuzz during an Anchorman 2 set visit. "We had a great idea for that one too." His decision leaves fans wondering if they will see the brothers again, in the same interview Ferrell said, "I think we're reticent to stepping into a thing where we're like, 'Oh, are we now just going to make sequels of everything we've done?' You don't want to be accused of that," he explains. "Maybe we're being too harsh on ourselves, but I would say not in the near future."
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- "Now with extra farts! 25 1/2 gimmicky DVD commentary tracks". The A.V. Club. November 1, 2010. Retrieved 2012-09-09. "But to make it more of a challenge, Ferrell and company sing most of the commentary, accompanied by Jon Brion, who vamps while the boys free-associate about the movie-making process, their characters’ off-screen lives, and the exorbitant price they had to pay for a pair of fake testicles. Because it’s all spontaneous, the commentary ranges from the inspired to the irritatingly prolonged, but when Ferrell and Reilly really get into a good groove, they’re actually funnier than the main feature."
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