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Step Brothers (2008)



Critic Consensus: The relentless immaturity of the humor is not a total handicap for this film, which features the consistently well-matched talents of Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly.

Movie Info

Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby co-stars Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly re-team with that film's director, Adam McKay, to tell the tale of two pampered best friends whose single parents fall in love and decide to marry. McKay and Ferrell share screenwriting credits, and Judd Apatow and Jimmy Miller produce. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovimore
Rating: R (for crude and sexual content, and pervasive language)
Genre: Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Adam McKay, Will Ferrell
In Theaters:
On DVD: Dec 2, 2008
Box Office: $100.5M
Columbia Pictures - Official Site


Will Ferrell
as Brennan Huff
John C. Reilly
as Dale Doback
Mary Steenburgen
as Nancy Huff
Richard Jenkins
as Robert Doback
Logan Manus
as Chris Gardoski
Travis Flory
as Redheaded Kid
Lili McKay
as 7-year-old girl
Wayne Federman
as Blind Man
Maria Quiban
as TV Anchor
Danielle Schneider
as Receptionist
Gillian Vigman
as Pam Gringe
Brian Huskey
as Interviewer
Seth Rogen
as Sporting Goods Manag...
Brian Henchy
as Interviewer
Chris Henchy
as First homebuyer
Mary Catherine Hamel...
as First homebuyer
Erica Vittana Philli...
as Second homebuyer
Phil LaMarr
as second homebuyer
Paula Killen
as Rental Agent
Ken Jeong
as Employment Agent
Horatio Sanz
as Lead Singer
Kyle Felts
as Wine Mixer Heckler
Dmitri Schuyler-Linc...
as 6-year-old Derek
Bryce Hurless
as 9-year-old Brennan
Brent White
as Therapy Patient
Ian Roberts
as Male Therapist
Matt Walsh
as Drunk Corporate Guy
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Critic Reviews for Step Brothers

All Critics (183) | Top Critics (44)

Unremittingly juvenile and irredeemably funny.

Full Review… | October 18, 2008
Top Critic

On its own terms, Step Brothers is hilarious. But it's a shame that the filmmakers didn't have more faith in the audience. Why resort to gross-out tactics when your premise is strong enough to allow for a more sophisticated approach?

Full Review… | October 18, 2008
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Top Critic

You only needed one look at the poster for Step Brothers to know exactly what this film would be like.

Full Review… | October 21, 2014

Step Brothers is unashamedly dumb, unoriginal and downright offensively childish. But aren't these the very same reasons why people like these movies?

Full Review… | October 14, 2012

McKay and co. manage to pull off a strangely heart-warming finale.

Full Review… | July 14, 2011
Digital Spy

Foul-mouthed Ferrell comedy isn't very funny. No kids.

Full Review… | December 19, 2010
Common Sense Media

Audience Reviews for Step Brothers

After recently re-watching "Step Brothers," I have to admit, it has lost some it's charm that made it's dumber humour enjoyable the first time around. I loved this movie when it came out in theatres back in 2010, but quite honestly, it is just not one of those films that will have a lasting effect for years to come. Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly are a great pairing for brothers, and they play off each other very well, but by the end of the movie they actually began annoying me. For years I thought this movie was great, but it's jokes only hit half of the time and everyone seems to be over-acting. It is odd, because I definitely felt differently about this movie before. "Step Brothers" mixes clever humour with downright juvenile humour and sometimes it doesn't work. But the clever humour and all the improve is great, so I still was able to enjoy most of the movie.

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

There isn't much to be appreciated in this film. It's pointless. It accomplishes nothing.

Matthew Samuel Mirliani
Matthew Samuel Mirliani

Super Reviewer


Step Brothers present a silly humor, but the talents of Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly with an interesting story, become a high point to McKay's movie.

Lucas Martins
Lucas Martins

Super Reviewer

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