What You Need To Know:
STEP BROTHERS is mostly an excuse to indulge in vulgar, infantile behavior between two foul-mouthed grown men. In that respect, except for the vulgarity and obscenities, the comedy recalls the slapstick tradition of early comic teams such as the Three Stooges and Laurel and Hardy.
(PaPaPa, B, LLL, VV, SS, NNN, A, DD, MM) Very strong, slightly mixed, pagan worldview with very light moral element about two middle-aged slackers who need to become mature and find a job they can do, but meant not to be taken too seriously; at least 83 obscenities, six strong profanities, 16 light profanities, some vulgarities, and man passes gas in one scene; strong slapstick violence includes knocking someone out with a shovel, intense fighting, boat wrecked, sleepwalking men wreck kitchen and other household items, man tumbles down stairs and makes hole in wall, and man buried alive but he comes out of the intended grave through the dirt; depicted sex in one scene and other strong sexual references, including man’s wife has affair with husband’s single step brother; upper male nudity and graphic nudity when man rubs his private parts on another man’s possession; alcohol use; no smoking but a reference to crystal meth; and, lying, step siblings fight, laziness, wrecking other people’s possessions.
STEP BROTHERS is another in a recent spate of crude numskull, slacker, stoner comedies. This one is rated R so that the filmmakers could use the “f” word. Lucky us.
Developed by the team that brought audiences TALLADEGA NIGHTS, the movie stars Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly as two older slackers, Brennan and Dale, respectively, who still live with their parents because they have trouble getting steady jobs. When their father and mother get married, the two become step brothers sharing the same room.
Dale and Brennan don’t get along at all, and keep disrupting the house. Then, they discover the things they have in common, especially their hatred for Brennan’s younger brother Derek, an obnoxious over-achiever whom Dale punches in the face. Dale and Brennan decide to form their own entertainment company. When, however, they wreck Dale’s father’s boat while making a rap video, their parents split apart.
To get their parents back together, Dale and Brennan orchestrate an elaborate plan, but can they become mature enough to pull it off?
STEP BROTHERS is mostly an excuse to indulge in vulgar, infantile behavior between two foul-mouthed grown men. In that respect, except for the vulgarity and obscenities, the comedy recalls the mayhem tradition of early comic teams such as the Three Stooges and Laurel and Hardy. The main message of the movie seems to be that growing up means how to become a mature adult while at the same time maintaining one’s child-like exuberance for life. At least the protagonists try to set aright what they have destroyed by getting their step-parents back together. Eventually, family reconciliation does occur, even with the obnoxious step brother Derrick.