Step Brothers

Step Brothers

4.2 42
Director: Adam McKay

Cast: Adam McKay, Will Ferrell, John C. Reilly, Mary Steenburgen


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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 screenwritingSee more details below


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.

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When you hear that Adam McKay, Will Ferrell, and John C. Reilly had so much fun making Talladega Nights that they decided to throw another movie together just for fun, you have pretty clear knowledge -- or at least hope -- of what you're going to get. There will be comedic male nudity (and really, what male nudity isn't?), there will be guys self-seriously comparing themselves to ninja unicorns, and God willing, someone will get buried alive. Step Brothers delivers on all this, as well as on the infamous R rating (Ferrell himself reveals his own full-frontal crown jewels within the first half-hour, though, of course, it's possible that they're prosthetics), a notorious first for McKay, an Upright Citizens Brigade alum and longtime Ferrell collaborator. There are big, stupid belly laughs at big, stupid gross-out jokes from opening titles to closing credits, and despite the distinct feeling that none of the comedic triumvirate were waiting around for a script with a truly innovative story, they all make use of the open-ended premise. (Two 40-year-old men with curly hair act like nine-year-olds, except with more dick jokes. The end.) There's tons of room for awesomely offensive and over-the-top improvisations, and at no point does it feel like anybody is playing it safe or pushing the boundaries -- everybody is just going with their first, most hilarious impulses. The unmistakable chemistry between Ferrell and Reilly was enough to inspire the production of this movie in the first place, and it's more than enough to propel it. For all his indie cred and accolades, Reilly is right at home playing a middle-aged man-child who insists on being called "Dragon" and wants you to fight him with a bo staff. Likewise, this is Ferrell's bread and butter, though the alchemy that happens when he shares the screen with Reilly brings out something new -- something you can't quite, in fairness, call "refined," but is still, nonetheless more impressively focused than his usual schtick. And it's not just the leading men who make Step Brothers such a good time; Kathryn Hahn (the office lady in Anchorman who tips Christina Applegate off about the teleprompter) makes an awesomely over-the-top appearance as the WASP-y, sexually frustrated wife of Ferrell's little brother -- a douchebag Dane Cook bro played just as expertly (if also terrifyingly) by a Heineken- and Creatine-buzzed Adam Scott. Obligatory cameos are made by regulars of the Daily Show and Apatow crowds, but those moments are pure icing. The delicious molten chocolate center is just watching Ferrell and Reilly act like idiotic geniuses.

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Original Release:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
[Wide Screen]
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Will Ferrell Brennan Huff
John C. Reilly Dale Doback
Mary Steenburgen Nancy Huff
Richard Jenkins Dr. Robert Doback
Adam Scott Derek
Kathryn Hahn Alice
Andrea Savage Denise
Lurie Poston Tommy
Elizabeth Yozamp Tiffany
Logan Manus Chris Gardoki
Travis Flory Redheaded Kid
Lili McKay 7-year-old girl
Shira Piven Nurse
Seth Morris Doctor
Wayne Federman Blind Man
Maria Quiban TV Anchor
Danielle Schneider Receptionist
Gillian Vigman Pam Gringe
Brian Huskey Interviewer
Seth Rogen Sporting Goods Manager
Brian Henchy Interviewer
Chris Henchy First homebuyer
Chris Henchy First homebuyer
Mary Catherine Hamelin First homebuyer
Ian Roberts Male Therapist
Erica Vittana Phillips Second homebuyer
Phil LaMarr second homebuyer
Rob Riggle Randy
Jason Davis TJ
Paula Killen Rental Agent
Ken Jeong Employment Agent
Horatio Sanz Lead Singer
Kyle Felts Wine Mixer Heckler
Jake Szymanski Caterer
Matt Walsh Drunk Corporate Guy
Dmitri Schuyler-Linch 6-year-old Derek
Bryce Hurless 9-year-old Brennan
Brent White Therapy Patient

Technical Credits
Adam McKay Director,Executive Producer,Original Story,Screenwriter
Judd Apatow Producer
Yvonne Bastidos Costumes/Costume Designer
Jon Brion Score Composer
Central Casting Casting
Josh Church Co-producer
Jessica Elbaum Associate Producer
Andrew Epstein Associate Producer
Will Ferrell Executive Producer,Original Story,Screenwriter
Clayton R. Hartley Production Designer
David B. Householter Executive Producer
Allison Jones Casting
Susan Matheson Costumes/Costume Designer
Jimmy Miller Producer
Virginia Randolph-Weaver Art Director
Matt Rebenkoff Asst. Director
John C. Reilly Original Story
Susan Strubel Costumes/Costume Designer
James Tocci Set Decoration/Design
Charlie Vassar Set Decoration/Design
Brent White Editor
Hal Willner Musical Direction/Supervision
Oliver Wood Cinematographer

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Scene Index

Both theatrical and extended film versions; Deleted scenes; Extended & alternate scenes; Line-o-rama; Gag reel; "Boats 'N Hoes" - full music video; Job interviews; Therapy sessions; Prestige worldwide full presentation; Dale Vs. Brennan - sibling rivalry; The music of Step Brothers; 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; Blu-ray exclusive:; "Boats 'N Hoes" music video editor - create your own music video


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