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Step Brothers - 25/8/2008 11:26:18 AM   
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You always rag on Talladega Nights - 25/8/2008 11:26:18 AM   
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You guys always have a go at Talladega Nights, yet every single person i know that likes Ferrels style of comedy thinks its up there with his best. Ok so it doesnt have the offthewall moments that Anchorman has but it replaces that with some of the best one liners he has come out with. Sacha Baron Cohen is hilarious as always. And you just have to love the foul mouthed kids. So i think you should repent and pray to dear baby 8 pound 6oz jesus and ask for forgiveness.

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Farrell's worst - 25/8/2008 6:30:43 PM   
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I saw this in the states a few weeks back and i didn't really like, they're are a few funny bits of banter occasionally, but the acting from everyone else in the movie, and the 'plot' is painful to watch. This is no where near as good as anchorman, old school, talladega nights or even semi-pro.

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RE: Farrell's worst - 26/8/2008 8:23:17 AM   
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Ok, so you know what you're gonna get when it comes to Will Ferrell and comedies: a big, curly haired doofus with a redicoulous name clowning around and mugging to the camera. Most people will have already made up their mind on this very Marmite brand of humour - and Step Brothers is unlikely to win over any previous doubters. Personally, I've always had a soft spot for the Ferrell, so was happy to chuckle along (with a few belly laughs) at his perticular brand of slightly surreal, but ultimately harmless gooning over statments.

John C. Reilly (who seems to have found his calling with comedy) is, once again, a good foil. And Farrell (who co-wrote) generously gives him an equal share of the winning lines. This turns Step Brothers is a proper double act buddy movie, rather then the usual Farrell and sidekick routine, giving the film a more natural balance.

The plot, as it is, revolves around two useless goof-offs (Ferrell and Reilly) in their late thirty's living at home, who's parents marry. After an intial distrust, they discover they share  a near identical personality type - which basicly means winding up their folks and indulging their every will. Yes, it's contrived, but some of the set peices are very funny and just about original enough to not get all 'seen it all before, yawn'. The sleep walking skits, in particular, had me in stiches. 

The problem lies in the film's central purpose: is it a praody on middle aged geeks or just an excuse for Ferrell to go through his obsession with childlike enthusiam and cany turn of phrase? I could never decide, which means Step Brothers falls well bellow the genius of Anchorman, but it's well paced and the rapore between the leads raises it above some of Ferrell's more recent outings like Semi Pro.

Big Will fans will enjoy it, so go see if Farrell's your bag. Others should wait for the DVD, and perhaps have a few beers at home to increase your chances of laughs.

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Bloody bloody funny! - 26/8/2008 11:04:37 AM   
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I don't understand the hate of Taladega Nights, it was no Anchorman admittedly but still alot of fun, which is exactly what this is - Ferrell and Reily light up the screen and everyone at the screening I attended was absolutely p**sing themselves!


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RE: Bloody bloody funny! - 26/8/2008 12:28:39 PM   
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I was going to see this but the trailer has put me off TBH, Will Ferrell is really starting to grate, ELF, Old Skool and Anchorman were genius. Tall... Nights was OK, didnt see semi pro as it just looked like a dodgeball/ tall... rehash.

Was tempted by this but the sound of WF doing his REALLY SHOUTY LISTEN TO ME I'M FUNNY bit put me off.

He was so understated in his Melinda and Melinda and Stranger than fiction I would love to see him in more roles like that rather than his SHOUTY OVERACTING

The same goes for Steve Carroll, having seen Little Miss Sunshine and Dan in Real Life my toes curl at the likes of Evan Allmighty and every SHOUTY role he does, still watching Get Smart as Anne Hathaway looks smokin'

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step too far - 26/8/2008 4:28:45 PM   
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this film looks absolutely rubbish to be honest and the trailer looks awful and utterly pointless .

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Anchorman... 3 stars - 28/8/2008 1:27:28 PM   
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Ok, I haven't seen Step Brothers yet... so I won't comment on the review.

Here's what bugs me. Semi-Pro was rubbish. Blades of Glory had some laugh out loud moments, as did Talledega Nights. ANCHORMAN is universally agreed to be the highlight of Ferrell's and the frat packs' comedies. If you don't agree - you're obviously an idiot (joke).

Hewitt says as much in his review. Of the other films he says that they are "failing to capture the magic of Anchorman". He says that Step Brothers is a few notches away from Anchorman. He then gives it 3 stars.

Why oh why oh why then did Empire give Anchorman 3 stars? 3 STARS!??

On it's own that is a crazy score to give the film which you then describe as "magic". It makes even less sense to make it a benchmark for Ferrell's films and to give this 3 stars because it isn't quite as good as Anchorman.

You guys need to seriously reconsider your Anchorman review.

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- 29/8/2008 5:31:58 PM   
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its definatly not as good as anchorman but there is one scene i love the bunch bed scene i dont know whether its just me but that s hilarious. but i think it will have a few good moments but its probabaly not farrells worst film. stranger than fiction iss definatly the worst it was crap .

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- 29/8/2008 5:32:10 PM   
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its definatly not as good as anchorman but there is one scene i love the bunch bed scene i dont know whether its just me but that s hilarious. but i think it will have a few good moments but its probabaly not farrells worst film. stranger than fiction iss definatly the worst it was crap .

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RE: - 30/8/2008 6:49:41 PM   
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Another great from Ferrell and Reilly that is silly fun and chocked full of memorable lines. Great support as well from Mary Steenburgen and Richard Jenkins as the Parents. But special praise must go to Ferrell's real brother in the film in the shape of Jason Davies who almost steals the film .


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RE: RE: - 31/8/2008 11:38:05 AM   
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You know its OK but I think my problem with the film is just the fact that it never really develops its central idea. I like Will Ferrell and John C Reily acting like kids as much as the next person but 90 minutes of "Fuck...." "Shit...." "Fuck..." gets old rather quickly and much of it feels a bit indulgent, though saying that the climax had me in stiches. The surprise package really is Richard Jenkins whose rage and eventual rather surreal sense of comedy shines rather brightly.

Better than a lot of Ferrell's work but not even close to Anchorman levels of genius.


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RE: RE: - 1/9/2008 6:50:58 PM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: badassmofo

You know its OK but I think my problem with the film is just the fact that it never really develops its central idea. I like Will Ferrell and John C Reily acting like kids as much as the next person but 90 minutes of "Fuck...." "Shit...." "Fuck..." gets old rather quickly and much of it feels a bit indulgent, though saying that the climax had me in stiches. The surprise package really is Richard Jenkins whose rage and eventual rather surreal sense of comedy shines rather brightly.

Better than a lot of Ferrell's work but not even close to Anchorman levels of genius.



Gotta say the above is pretty much spot on, a couple of funny scenes, but nowhere near Anchorman, roll on Tropic Thunder and Pineapple Express


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Step Brothers - 1/9/2008 8:52:00 PM   
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Highly recommended-puerile, adult daft humour and hits the chord. Holds your attention throughout...these two guys are a comic art alone-yes funnier scripts out there but..sit back, release your tensions and enjoy.

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RE: Step Brothers - 2/9/2008 11:23:55 PM   
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I liked it, its certainly not Ferrell at his best but its a lot better than Semi-Pro and Blades Of Glory, I know its Ferrell and Adam McKay together again but its a lot closer in tone to Anchorman and Talladega Nights than those two (some of the one liners are extremely Ron Burgundy, particularly towards the end).

The main problem with it I thought was the pacing, it seems to take an awfully long time to get going, and in the first few scenes even Ferrell and Reilly didn't seem 100% sure what direction their respective characters would be taking, and some of the scenes are a bit hit and miss (I thought the sleep walking scenes were duds), but theres enough funny scenes elsewhere (the job interviews, the 'white dog shit'  and that musical closing number) to carry it through.

Of course, if you HATE Will Ferrell (or John C. Reillys comedy roles either) then theres nothing here thats going to change your mind, but its worth checking out otherwise.


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RE: Step Brothers - 3/9/2008 10:20:59 AM   
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I'm personally thinking this is Ferrell's third best film, after Anchorman and Old School.  It certainly seemed to hit with the audience last night too, a pretty packed screening laughing pretty much all the way through.  I agree that there were a couple of flat scenes (sleepwalking!) but on the whole it succeeds.  The musical finale was great (Lumberjack!) and the final scene of bully payback was funnier than most whole comedies I've seen this year! 

By the way, I've noted that a few people commented that 'If you don't like Ferrell, this movie won't win you over', well, that was the exact opposite of the missus last night.  She's hated all Ferrell films (Yes, even the sublime Anchorman!) and she loved Step Brothers!  She was shocked to the core when she found herself praising it on the way home in the car!

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Step Bros - 5/9/2008 10:31:46 PM   
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If anyone goes into this thinking this is a clever comedy dont go. Its purile fun at its best. the film had me in stiches from the get go. Great chemisty from Ferrell and Reilly. and a great support cast to boot. The bunk bed scene in the trailer is even funnier in the film. Maybe not as good as Anchorman but for me Ferrells 2nd best film. The end credits scene funnier than anything Adam Sandler has ever released... EVER!

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Step Bros - 5/9/2008 10:32:15 PM   
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If anyone goes into this thinking this is a clever comedy dont go. Its purile fun at its best. the film had me in stiches from the get go. Great chemisty from Ferrell and Reilly. and a great support cast to boot. The bunk bed scene in the trailer is even funnier in the film. Maybe not as good as Anchorman but for me Ferrells 2nd best film. The end credits scene funnier than anything Adam Sandler has ever released... EVER!

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Step Bros - 5/9/2008 10:32:18 PM   
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If anyone goes into this thinking this is a clever comedy dont go. Its purile fun at its best. the film had me in stiches from the get go. Great chemisty from Ferrell and Reilly. and a great support cast to boot. The bunk bed scene in the trailer is even funnier in the film. Maybe not as good as Anchorman but for me Ferrells 2nd best film. The end credits scene funnier than anything Adam Sandler has ever released... EVER!

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RE: Step Bros - 8/9/2008 1:48:51 PM   
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Solid three star film plenty of big laughs. But like all Farrell films too many moments that are more random than funny and the ending is a bit of a mess. Not a classic, but  a good way to spend a Friday night.

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RE: Step Bros - 8/9/2008 3:51:40 PM   
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Ferrels losing it slowly, needs Anchorman 2 to refresh his comedy
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RE: Step Bros - 10/9/2008 3:17:05 PM   
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Solid three star film plenty of big laughs. But like all Farrell films too many moments that are more random than funny and the ending is a bit of a mess. Not a classic, but  a good way to spend a Friday night.


Agreed. Judging by the TV spots and trailers I thought it could have been a cult comedy classic, but there's a few too many misses between the big laughs.


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RE: Step Bros - 10/9/2008 6:02:57 PM   
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I have to agree with most of other posters here.  There are funny moments but too much of this film either covers ground that we have been over before or simply isn't funny enough.  It is the nature of Ferrell and McKay's highly improvisational technique that there will be many misses before a hit happens and this is one of those times when more of the misses have made it into the film.

As much as I like Ferrell, I can't help but feel that he is better employed as a supporting actor - Zoolander is a prime example of Ferrell being used to great effect.

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RE: Step Bros - 10/9/2008 6:53:44 PM   
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four fucking stars.

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okay - 11/9/2008 8:49:58 PM   
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Some good laughs but it went on for too long and the characters actually became annoyingly childish around half way through

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Fantastic - 15/9/2008 4:25:54 PM   
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Went to see this movie with a few friends i thought this was a fantastic movie and well worth watching if you want to go see a real Laugh Out Loud mvie..

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- 24/9/2008 12:26:47 PM   
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i have not seen any other ferrell movie apart from bewitched fancied a comedy an looking at trailers for this and tropic and pineapple this seemed the funniest. being in the situation of still living with my parents v in my forties i could see the comic potential in the situation this requires ferrel an reilly to act like 10 years old and it is stupid vulgar crass but also very funny in parts it fizzles out at the end at the partyand why are grown men beating up kids funny?. gets v three stars for the anarchic stuffand mary steenburgen is a yummy mummy.

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RE: - 26/9/2008 8:03:41 PM   
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Terrible film, I love anchor man, tall nights and blades of glory are quite good, but this was tripe, didn't laugh once, walked out half way through.

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- 31/1/2009 8:09:51 PM   
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If I could say one word about this movie it would be... Genuis. It truley is a hilarious movie. Will Ferral is a comedy master. Bring on Anchorman 2.

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My Marmite Movie - 16/2/2009 3:02:13 AM   
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Three stars !? Empire what were you thinking , what a cop out. There is no middle ground with this movie. You either love it or hate it. I loved it.

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