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.

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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, Rovi
R (for crude and sexual content, and pervasive language)
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Will Ferrell
as Brennan Huff
John C. Reilly
as Dale Doback
Mary Steenburgen
as Nancy Huff
Richard Jenkins
as Robert Doback
Adam Scott
as Derek
Andrea Savage
as Denise
Logan Manus
as Chris Gardoski
Travis Flory
as Redheaded Kid
Lili McKay
as 7-year-old girl
Shira Piven
as Nurse
Seth Morris
as Doctor
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 Manager
Brian Henchy
as Interviewer
Chris Henchy
as First homebuyer
Mary Catherine Hamelin
as First homebuyer
Erica Vittana Phillips
as Second homebuyer
Phil LaMarr
as second homebuyer
Rob Riggle
as Randy
Paula Killen
as Rental Agent
Ken Jeong
as Employment Agent
Horatio Sanz
as Lead Singer
Kyle Felts
as Wine Mixer Heckler
Jake Szymanski
as Caterer
Dmitri Schuyler-Linch
as 6-year-old Derek
Bryce Hurless
as 9-year-old Brennan
Brent White
as Therapy Patient
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Critic Reviews for Step Brothers

All Critics (180) | Top Critics (44)

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 17, 2008
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Top Critic

Unremittingly juvenile and irredeemably funny.

Full Review… | October 17, 2008
Top Critic

Despite some obvious flaws, 'Step Brothers' remains a hugely enjoyable, well-constructed slice of lowbrow Saturday night entertainment, leaving Ferrell's position as the reigning king of US comedy secure for a while longer.

Full Review… | August 28, 2008
Time Out
Top Critic

Don't watch it on an airplane, don't check it out on cable, don't walk past the bargain basement bin where it's been sold.

July 28, 2008
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic

Brideshead Revisited, it turns out, deserves a revisit.

July 25, 2008
Seattle Times
Top Critic

There's a good subject for satire here, the extended adolescence of American kids. But satire presupposes maturity, or at least some perspective.

Full Review… | July 25, 2008
Wall Street Journal
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Step Brothers

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

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

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