Posted on 2/19/12 11:27 PM
I don't understand why critics hated this movie, this movie is hilarious and had me laughing out loud. I've never been a big Will Ferrell fan in the first place but this movie will help me round out my top three Ferrell movies (one being ANCHORMAN, two being STRANGER THAN FICTION and this being third) the stupidity and immaturity is what makes this movie funny. That's what its about and that's what the actors and the filmmakers were aiming for and they nailed it.
I think everything Judd Apatow touches turns into comic gold either with him producing or directing because we also know that he will bring his usual suspects of fellow cast members like Paul Rudd, Seth Rogen, Jonah Hill, etc. And in this film Rogen makes a cameo. But back to the movie. The movie is about Brennan (Ferrell) trying to cope with Dale (Chicago native John C. Reilly) and try to live in peace together after their single parents fall in love with one another, who are played by the impeccable Richard Jenkins and Mary Steenburgen. Adam McKay who directed TALLADEGA NIGHTS co wrote this script with Ferrell and Reilly to come up with a hilarious movie filled with funny one liners, hilarious and repeatable lines, immature BUT funny jokes and lots of improv by the two main actors.
Richard Jenkins is hilarious in this film as well and I didn't know he had it in him to do comedy after seeing him in drama films, although he did do a good job as a detective in ME MYSELF AND IRENE. The other supporting cast also do a great job like Adam Scott who plays Brennan's younger brother Derek and Kathryn Hahn (I have a crush on this woman) who plays Alice, Derek's wife but she has hilarious and steamy scenes with Reilly. Rob Riggle plays one of Derek's rich friends and is also very funny in the film. Like I said the movie contains lots of hilarious scenes but the two most ones were the Catalina wine mixer final scene and the comedy gold classic scene where Derek and his family are riding in their Range Rover and are harmonizing Guns N Roses' Sweet Child O' Mine. Very. Funny.
3 and a half out of 4 stars