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The Brothers Solomon (2007)

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15

Average Rating: 3.3/10
Reviews Counted: 73
Fresh: 11 | Rotten: 62

Squandering its impressive cast with poorly-directed gags, The Brothers Solomon is a one-joke film stretched well beyond its limits.

18

Average Rating: 3.8/10
Critic Reviews: 22
Fresh: 4 | Rotten: 18

Squandering its impressive cast with poorly-directed gags, The Brothers Solomon is a one-joke film stretched well beyond its limits.

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Average Rating: 2.6/5
User Ratings: 56,265

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Movie Info

Mr. Show alumnus Bob Odenkirk directed -- and SNL vet Will Forte scripted -- this gleefully raunchy tale of two socially backward but kind-hearted adult brothers, Dean and John Solomon (Forte and Will Arnett), who had the misfortune to be home-schooled by their father at a remote Arctic outpost. Destined to be perpetually single, their moronic, klutzy attempts at meeting new women (such as popping the question on a first date in a crowded restaurant) always blow up in their face. Then, one day,

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Will Forte

Dec 26, 2007

$0.9M

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All Critics (75) | Top Critics (22) | Fresh (11) | Rotten (62) | DVD (3)

The story makes no sense, and the two lead characters are repulsive, but I must confess I laughed immoderately at this clever piece of junk.

December 3, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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There's no good time of the year for such a depressingly insincere movie that shirks any sense of reality but still desperately claws for emotional redemption at the end. Better to abort next time.

September 22, 2007 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
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Three gags miss for every one that hits.

September 22, 2007
New York Times
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I was so angry at everybody involved in the making of this film. It's just astonishing.

September 10, 2007
Ebert & Roeper
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It's a moderately funny premise in search of some real laughs.

September 7, 2007 Full Review Source: USA Today
USA Today
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Neither Odenkirk's limp direction nor SNL alumnus Will Forte's script -- not nearly clever enough to get away with its questionable gags about matters sexual and racial -- provides much by way of actual plot or comedy.

September 7, 2007 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
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Though not without its screwball charm, The Brothers Solomon suffers from a lack of comic inspiration long before the film reaches the third trimester.

July 23, 2008 Full Review Source: Screendaily
Screendaily

mostly unfunny

April 24, 2008

...benefits from the inclusion of several genuinely funny whacked-out bits of comedy...

December 11, 2007 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

Disappointing comedy that takes a single joke and attempts to stretch it over an entire movie, with predictably poor results.

November 3, 2007 Full Review Source: ViewLondon
ViewLondon

Odd-couple comedy that tries much too hard and, in other ways, not hard enough.

November 2, 2007 Full Review Source: Independent
Independent

A dismal gross-out comedy.

November 2, 2007 Full Review Source: Financial Times
Financial Times

Relentlessly bad taste.

November 2, 2007 Full Review Source: Guardian [UK]
Guardian [UK]

Oh, brother! Firing blanks in every direction, this tedious vehicle for two hard-to-like comedians is stillborn from the off.

November 2, 2007 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

Direction is undistinguished, and the editing leaves far too much room for laughs that never arrive.

November 2, 2007 Full Review Source: BBC

A series of musty gross-out gags ranging in sophistication from sperm bank hijinks to sloppy man-on-man kissing, Bob Odenkirk's cringemaker-with-a-heart is a ragged Xerox of Dumb And Dumber that seems incredibly creaky after the summer of Superbad.

November 2, 2007 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

The only amusement here comes from counting the imaginary tumbleweeds that so frequently roll across the screen.

November 1, 2007 Full Review Source: Sky Movies
Sky Movies

Audiences will need an epidural to endure the excruciating pain of watching this geek-and-jerk combo stumble through three trimesters.

November 1, 2007 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Imagines what might happen if Rod and Todd Flanders grew up and decided to have a surrogate child together.

October 30, 2007 Full Review Source: Flak Magazine
Flak Magazine

Indeed the exercise in barely-organized stupidity that it appears to be.

October 14, 2007 Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com
TheMovieReport.com

It can't be a coincidence that the movie's initials are 'B.S.'

October 10, 2007 Full Review Source: Metromix.com
Metromix.com

What feels like a three-hour descent into boredom is only a 90-minute test of might -- pitting you against unlikable characters, horribly written dialogue, and direction that's as painful as a root canal.

September 22, 2007 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
Filmcritic.com

A syrupy fable about love and family? What happened?

September 22, 2007 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

Audience Reviews for The Brothers Solomon

This is one of the stupidest movies I have ever seen. I sat through the entire film but there was never a time when I like it. The ending was the only relief of charm in the film. The dialogue is terrible, the comedy sucks, Will Arnett and Will Forte should think twice before doing anything like this again, and this entire movie fails miserably. I expected this movie to be bad, but not this bad. Wow, the Brothers Solomon is just plain awful. It makes you feel good at the end, but the rest of the movie not salvageable in any way. The idea was absolutely pointless from the start!
November 7, 2010
KJ Proulx

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For as stupid as it was, I did laugh out loud a few times. Probably because I miss Job from Arrested Development. Nothing says love like a diaper full of popcorn and dead duckling.
September 26, 2009
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Curtis Lilly

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The talent involved with The Brothers Solomon left the sky as the limit but it was just really disappointing. The consistency with Will Arnett and Will Forte's idiocy wasn't there and there is no fucking way in hell that Kristen Wiig should've ended up in the back seat as she's easily the funniest one in the cast. I never really found myself caring but I do applaud all involved for not going That Way with the neighbor across the hall. If you're expecting anything more than a Saturday Night Live skit that never made it out of the writers' room you're in for some serious disappointment.
January 14, 2009
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