This was the first shown in my Post-War German film class - it being the first German film produced after the war ended. As such, it is a very important film. It's a little hard to judge overall, but I thoroughly enjoyed it all the same. I think it was important that a film released at this time sum up the sentiment of the German people at the time and I think it was very successful in that. I thought the directing was very, very interesting as well - a lot of cool shots and angles that I haven't really seen before.
After Talladega Nights, it was obvious that Will Ferrell and John C. Rielly make a brilliant comedic duo, and obviously that is the inspiration for Step Brothers, where they get to act as ridiculous and juvenile as their Nights characters, but on another level entirely. And it makes for another winning comedy, in my opinion. The two play spoiled middle-aged guys who still live with their single parents, the two parents meet and marry, and they become step brothers - highly competitive step brothers at first. As you can expect, the plot is paper-thin, it's mainly a way to let Ferrell and Reilly let loose and improvise, showcasing the comedic ability of them and the rest of the cast - but the lack of plot made little difference to me (and it seems, to most audiences coming to this movie looking for a good time) because it absolutely 100% delivers in the comedy department. In fact, it delivers non-stop laughter - I don't there were any spaces much more than a minute long where the I and everyone else wasn't laughing throughout. You really can't go into a movie like this expecting much more than just to be purely entertained, and Step Brothers absolutely delivers. If you're expecting more than that, it's just silly. And not only are Ferrell and Reilly completely on top of their game - the rest of the cast is, as well. Richard Jenkins (playing Reilly's father) is surprisingly hilarious in this film - in fact, I thought he definitely stole several of the scenes he was in. Relative unknown Adam Scott playing Ferrell's smarmy, successful, asshole brother was excellent, as well. The entire cast is on their game and kudos to them. Will Ferrell had been faltering a little after such films as Semi-Pro and Blades Of Glory which were far from great, but Step Brothers sees him at the top of his comedic form. This is simply an absolutely hilarious movie from beginning to end, you will not be disappointed, go out and see it.