Step Brothers is a 2008 slapstick buddy-comedy film directed by Adam McKay, produced by Judd Apatow and Jimmy Miller, and stars Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly, who last teamed up in Talladega Nights (2006). The screenplay was written by Ferrell and McKay, from a story written by Ferrell, McKay and Reilly. The film was released theatrically on July 25, 2008, and on DVD and Blu-Ray on December 2, 2008.
39-year-old Brennan Huff (Will Ferrell) and 40-year-old Dale Doback (John C. Reilly) are two unemployed men who still live with and are reliant on their parents. Brennan who lives with his divorced mother, Nancy (Mary Steenburgen), and Dale who lives with his widower father, Robert (Richard Jenkins), have no intention of moving out or finding jobs and behave very childishly. Robert and Nancy, upon meeting during a work conference, are soon married and move in together, forcing Brennan and Dale to live with each other as step brothers; they are resentful and display a childish dislike towards each other. Dale warns Brennan not to touch his drum set, but Brennan does it anyway. This ignites a huge fight and in response, Robert and Nancy warn them that they must find jobs and see their therapists within a month or else be forced out of the house. Brennan's successful, conceited biological younger brother Derek (Adam Scott), who is regularly cruel to Brennan out of fun comes to visit with his oddly perfect family. Dale retreats to his tree house. Derek drops by to mock them, and entices Dale to punch Derek in the face, which Dale actually does, knocking Derek out of the tree. Brennan is awed by the fact that Dale was able to stand up to Derek. Meanwhile, Brennan's sister-in-law, Alice (Kathryn Hahn), finds Dale's courage sexually arousing.
Brennan and Dale took job interviews, for which they perform very poorly, being rude to their two potential employers and pointing out too many of their flaws (such as Dale's unwillingness to work before 11 am), and offending a third (Seth Rogen) when Dale passes gas. In response, they decide to start their own entertainment company called "Prestige Worldwide". However, Robert and Nancy reveals that they are going to retire to sail the world in Robert's beloved boat, and allow Derek to sell the house, forcing Brennan and Dale to find other living arrangements. However, Brennan and Dale sabotage Derek's plans by masquerading as a Neo-Nazi and a Klansman, and by pretending that Brennan has died of asbestos poisoning, while Derek shows the house to potential buyers. Back at the dinner table, Brennan and Dale have trouble blending in with the others, especially Derek's rude employer Randy (Rob Riggle). Dale excuses himself to the restroom where Alice forces him into having sex with her. Later, Brennan and Dale premiere their company's first music video (Boats N' Hoes), which was filmed on Robert's boat. The video ends when the boat crashes into the rocks, and upon arriving back home, Robert brutally spanks Brennan and warns Dale that he's next.
On Christmas Eve, the boys destroy the family's tree and gifts during a spell of sleepwalking, and subsequently attack Robert after he tries to wake them. Angered to his limit, Robert decides to divorce Nancy causing Dale and Brennan to cry while Derek took a picture of them crying while Robert smiles for the picture. Dale and Brennan are angered by the divorce and blame each other, reverting to their feeling of dislike towards each other. After another fight which resulted in attempting to bury each other alive, they go their separate ways and move into their own apartments. Brennan starts working for Derek's helicopter leasing firm and Dale works for a catering company. The two slowly begin acting like responsible adults. Brennan, wanting to reunite the broken family, takes the initiative to arrange Derek's sales party: The Catalina Wine Mixer, supervised by Randy. The party is a success, and Brennan wins Randy's respect and approval. However, the singer of the band that Brennan booked (played by Horatio Sanz), a (strictly 80's) Billy Joel tribute band, insults guests after being heckled to his breaking point to play non-80's Joel and is thrown off stage. Derek blames Brennan for this incident, and quickly fires him, believing that this incident will ruin his reputation. Robert then encourages Brennan and Dale to be themselves again, seeing as how they are now both miserable in their "adult" lives. Brennan and Dale then take the stage and perform "Por ti Volare/(Boats n Hoes)". While at first they are mocked by Derek, Randy, and others (in a manner similar to how they mocked Brennan back in high school, which caused him to be afraid to sing in public in the first place), Brennan and Dale are unfazed by it, and the audience is eventually moved by the performance, and tensions between the family members are alleviated, while Randy gets emotional and breaks down in tears.
In the film's climax, Brennan and Dale go on to form a successful company that runs karaoke bars and restaurants. Six months later, Robert and Nancy were reunited and move back into their old home, with a new tree house made from the destroyed boat just for Dale and Brennan. There are two scenes in the end credits. One of which Dale and Brennan are getting revenge on the kids that picked on them earlier in the movie, and the other is them sleepwalking getting ready to board a plane.
Cast and Characters
* Will Ferrell as Brennan Huff, Nancy's 39-year-old son and one of the two protagonists.
* John C. Reilly as Dale Doback, Robert's 40-year-old son and the second of two protagonists.
* Richard Jenkins as Dr. Robert Doback, Dale's widower father, a medical doctor, now married to Nancy.
* Mary Steenburgen as Nancy Huff-Doback, Brennan's divorced mother who meets Robert at a work conference.
* Adam Scott as Derek Huff, Brennan's successful younger brother and the film's main antagonist.
* Kathryn Hahn as Alice Huff, Derek's negatively treated wife who has an affair with Dale.
* Andrea Savage as Denise, Brennan's therapist and love interest.
* Rob Riggle as Randy
* Logan Manus as Chris Gardocki
* Lurie Poston as Tommy
* Elizabeth Yozamp as Tiffany
* Ken Jeong as Employment Agent
* Wayne Federman as Don (Blind Man)
* Abigail Wagner as Erica (Store Owner)
* Carli Coleman as First homebuyer wife
* Brandon T. Webb as First homebuyer husband
* Phil LaMarr as Second homebuyer husband
* Matt Walsh as Drunk corporate guy
* Seth Rogen as Sporting Goods Store Manager
* Horatio Sanz as Singer at the Catalina Wine Mixer
* Gillian Vigman as Pam
* Ally Nolan as Hot Chick
* Kate Follet as Hot Chick #2
The film has received mixed reviews. As of January 2009, the film has a 55% rating based on reviews from critics at the review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, giving the movie a "rotten" overall 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.
Step Brothers, as of January 2010, has grossed $100,468,793 domestically, and an additional $28 million internationally.http
The film was released in a single-disc rated edition, a single-disc unrated edition and a 2-disc unrated edition on December 2, 2008 making $23.04m off 1,316,053 DVD units. As per the latest figures, the film has generated $60,050,590 in revenue (rental/Blu-ray not included).http
Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly talked about a sequel on TheUrbanDaily.com. Reilly had the idea that they adopt children together.
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