Step Brothers Reviews

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July 25, 2008
I thought I knew funny, but I was mistaken. Before the blessed light of Step Brothers entered my life, I knew not the sweet comedic splendors of live burial, bunk-bed catastrophe or a minivan family singing 'Sweet Child O' Mine' in four-part harmony.
July 25, 2008
Watching people act like kids is annoying. Now everyone can join in the un-fun with Step Brothers, Will Ferrell's latest summed-up-in-one-line concept comedy that tests our patience so much more than his previous movies did.
July 25, 2008
This is ultimately Ferrell and Reilly's show, and although the two actors have played plenty of stooges in the past, they've never done it with quite the same abandon they do here.
July 25, 2008
If you put the collected works of Will Ferrell, Adam McKay and Judd Apatow in a pot, boiled off the excess and let the remainder cool, you'd have something very much like Step Brothers.
July 25, 2008
Do not go to Step Brothers looking for anything remotely meaningful, sincere or spiritually enhancing. Go for a laugh. It's got plenty of them.
July 25, 2008
The unraveling isn't as smartly written as the setup. And because the characters beyond the parents and boys aren't as finely tuned, the film starts to lag.
July 25, 2008
The engine that drives this flick is the chemistry between Mr. Reilly and Mr. Ferrell. The two obviously delight in each other's company, and it feels good and is funny to watch.
July 25, 2008
Director Adam McKay is a veteran of the Judd Apatow school of R-rated gross-out gooniness, but this latest installment in the canon is decidedly underpowered.
July 25, 2008
Has one joke that it beats into the ground: 40-year-old men acting like petulant 9-year-olds. Luckily, Ferrell and Reilly were born with no shame or sense of personal dignity, and they give good tantrum.
July 25, 2008
Noisy, fitfully amusing, ultimately tiresome havoc.
July 25, 2008
Exhausted is how many audiences members will feel after squirming through such a repetitive, one-joke comedy.
July 25, 2008
A meagre, occasionally funny affair.
July 24, 2008
Ferrell is the third best teenage boy I've ever seen but John C. Reilly may be the greatest comic actor of our generation -- he's fearlessly earnest and incapable of mugging.
July 24, 2008
Few films are worse to sit through than comedies that don't work. Step Brothers is one of those.
July 24, 2008
It's hard to believe that two people could reach middle age acting like grade-schoolers, and not in a funny way, either.
July 24, 2008
Thank god that when he became a man, Will Ferrell never put away childish things. His Step Brothers is so childish it seems to arrive in diapers, and that's not bad; it's good.
July 24, 2008
Starting at infantile and regressing hysterically from there, Step Brothers flies on the comic chemistry of Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly.
July 24, 2008
Though McKay and his cast make the most of the material, Step Brothers is constrained by its one-joke concept.
July 24, 2008
Full of riffy, improvised moments and a couple of jaw-droppingly raunchy sight gags, the comedy follows a typical buddy-movie arc -- conflict and loathing giving way to bonding and brotherhood, or step-brotherhood in this case.
July 24, 2008
Seesawing from the gleefully stupid to the desperately stupid, Step Brothers is an indicator that the Judd Apatow juggernaut has made one too many trips to the well.
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