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Arrested development can be funny sometimes.

  • Jun 21, 2009
I never quite got the Will Farrell love that the rest of the country has.  His loud outbursts are done better by Adam Sandler and his impressions of people like James Lipton and Alex Trebek are sloppy at best.  Despite this I still laugh at him despite myself.  This movie sadly hits a little too close to my home to be a great experience though.

Will Farrel is a 40 something that still lives at home with his mom.  John C Reilly is a in the same boat except that he lives with his dad.  Mom and Dad meet at a seminar one day and get married which brings Will and John's world together and they don't get along.  Worse they still act like 8 year olds.  While the mom is nurturing and sees their development as just slow and needing time to grow, the dad is ready to move on and dump them in an apartment as soon as he can so that he and his new bride can live in peace.  Will and John come to get along and quickly learn to work together to try and survive their sheltered lives crashing down on them.

Full disclosure time.  At the time of writing this, I am nearly 30 and still live at home.  Seeing a movie like this made me feel almost unclean that I'm not far from these two not to meniton that Farrell has a very successful older brother.  I at least like to think that I'm making an attempt to get out on my own without being thrown out.

Even though I said above that I don't find Will Farrell that funny he can still get a laugh out of me but John C Reilly is who steals the show here who manages to act even more convincingly a bigger grown up child then Farrell does.  People see the movie as being mean spirited in it's humor but when I see Will Farrell trying to bury John C Reilly in the front yard after a fight, I couldn't help but smile a little.

The ending is the weakest part of the movie.  While Will and John do eventually have to make it on their own in the real world, the happy ending is very tacked on wrapping things up a little too convienently with these two guys growing up yet still keeping their adolescant attitudes.  Characters even start shouting out a catchphrase that makes you wonder why it's funny, yet again you laugh.

If not for a scary similarity to my own situation and my lackluster love for Will Farrell's idiot schtick, I still found things to like in Step Brothers.  It's not the greatest comedy I've seen but I wasn't expecting much and found myself liking it a lot more then I thought.  Any movie that can do that for me is worth taking a peek at for 10 minutes and if it hooks you then it can't be all bad.  Not as bad as having your prize drum set touched or having a Chewbacca mask not be movie quality but not bad.
Arrested development can be funny sometimes. Arrested development can be funny sometimes. Arrested development can be funny sometimes. Arrested development can be funny sometimes.

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June 21, 2009
I haven't seen this yet and thanks for the warning. I was going to rent it one day, but I'll put it near the bottom of my queve.
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Crude, juvenile, and proud of it,Step Brothersstars Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly as two 40-year-old men, both living at home and leading the lives of 13-year-old boys, who are thrown together when their single parents (Mary Steenburgen,Parenthood, and Richard Jenkins,Six Feet Under) get married. Brennan (Ferrell) and Dale (Reilly) start out hating each other as only teenage boys can--but things get even worse for their long-suffering parents when they become best friends. Step Brothers gets most of its mileage from very lowbrow humor, but hidden among the farts and masturbation jokes is the suggestion that while these guys may be emotionally arrested, so are Brennan's hotshot business executive brother (Adam Scott,Tell Me You Love Me) and his high-fiving frat-boy pals, just in a way that's condoned because it makes money. Also crucial is that Ferrell and Reilly capture adolescence in all its gruesome glory--the awkward insecurity but also the egomaniacal, arrogant self-centeredness. Mind you, this isn't the American version ofThe 400 Blowsor anything--one of the movie's setpieces features Brennan tea-bagging Dale's drum set (and if you don't know what tea-bagging is... well, you will after seeing this movie). All in all,Step Brotherscombines the adolescent humor of producer Judd Apatow (Superbad,Knocked Up) and the comic chemistry of Ferrell and Reilly (who previously costarred inTalladega Nights)--fans of either will find plenty to enjoy. --Bret ...
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DVD Release Date: December 2, 2008
Runtime: 203 minutes

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