stepbrothersdvd1Will Ferrell is one of those actors that you either find funny or get turned off by his childish comedy. Almost every comedy that Ferrell has starred in has in one way or another resulted in him being an off the wall character. The great thing about Will Ferrell is that he can be placed in about any comedic role making the film even more fun than someone else in the same shoes. ‘Step Brothers’ did very well at the box office bringing in a total worldwide gross of $127 million dollars.

‘Step Brothers’ is a very goofy comedy that has been done before with other films. The story is rather simple with another coming of age comedy by Judd Apatow. If you are a fan of Apatow Produced films, you will have fun with this one. There is something about Ferrell that always has me coming back for more laughs. Joining Ferrell is also John C. Reilly who has been in several comedies with Ferrell over the last few years.

This film has received a lot of criticism, but I enjoyed the zany humor from start to finish. Ferrell is great and with Reilly they make a great comedic tandem. What will be next, nothing has been mentioned, but this is one fun film.

We have two very lazy step brothers that are forty years old still living with their parents. Brennan Huff (Will Ferrell) and Dale Doback (John C. Reilly) still live at home enjoying the simple life since they have no responsibility. Both these guys don not have drive to do anything but sit around and watch television, play the drums, and sleep most of the day. Their lives are thrown into dismay once their respective parents Robert (Richard Jenkins) and Nancy (Mary Steenburgen) meet at a convention falling in love at first sight. They get married right away, even against both their sons’ wishes. Now both Brennan and Dale are step brothers which throw their worlds in an uproar.

Nancy and Brennan move into Robert’s home, and this starts getting Dale all upset. He quickly realizes that he has an advantage over Brennan, he can set all kinds of rules that he knows will aggravate his step brother. One of them is that Brennan can not touch his drums. The boys go at it through most of the film nearly beating each other to death in a few scenes.

While the brothers argue with each other, enter Brennan’s younger brother Derek (Adam Scott) who has been successful as a singer. The boys both team up together out of jealousy once Robert starts taking a liking to Derek over dinner one evening. While finally the boys are getting along, there is a problem in Richard and Nancy’s marriage as things begin to sour. A lot of it has to do with the boys not getting along.

In the end this is a film that probably would have failed had Ferrell and Reilly not been in the film. As we have seen in previous films their chemistry together works very well. Both Richard Jenkins and Mary Steenburgen are also excellent in their roles. The whole cast works well together to bring on the laughs in ‘Step Brothers’.
The Movie Content: 4/5

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Print/Audio Quality

The print is presented in a 2.40:1 aspect ratio. Colors are natural throughout the print with a clean print. There is some grain throughout the film which is rather subtle. There is a small problem with details as they are great in some scenes and then out of focus in others.
Video Quality: 3.5/5

Audio is presented in Dolby Digital 5.1 mix. ‘Step Brothers’ is a dialogue driven film, which is very clean through the center channel. The sound field is also rather interesting as there are some sounds that come from the rears. While there is not a whole lot from the rears, they manage to have a few sound effects.
Audio Quality: 3.5/5

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Special Features

  • Extended & Alternate Scenes
  • Line-O-Rama
  • Gag Reel
  • “Boats ‘N Hoes” – Full Music Video
  • The Making of Step Brothers
  • Commentary with Will Ferrell, John C. Reilly, Adam McKay. Special Guest NBA Star Baron Davis and Scored by Jon Brion

The film comes in both theatrical and unrated versions on the first disc. There is also a digital copy offering for those that like to view films on the go.
Special Features: 4/5

The Final Word

‘Step Brothers’ is an off the wall comedy that isn’t for everyone. Both Ferrell and O’Reilly have proven time and time again that working together on films equals some good comedic moments. This 2 disc DVD version has a plethora of special features including a digital copy of the film. Will Ferrell fans I would recommend this as a purchase, but for others I would rent this first.
Overall Rating: 4/5 (Purchase)