Step Brothers (film)
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|Directed by||Adam McKay|
|Music by||Jon Brion|
|Editing by||Brent White|
|Distributed by||Columbia Pictures|
|Running time||98 minutes
106 minutes (unrated version)
Step Brothers is a 2008 American buddy slapstick comedy film starring Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly. The screenplay was written by Will Ferrell and Adam McKay, from a story written by them with Reilly. It was produced by Jimmy Miller and Judd Apatow, and directed by McKay.
The film was released on July 25, 2008, roughly two years after the same group of men wrote, produced, and starred in another comedy, Talladega Nights.
Plot39 year-old Brennan Huff and 40 year-old Dale Doback (Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly, respectively) are two unemployed, middle-aged and spoiled men who still live with (and are reliant on) their parents. They have no intention of moving out or finding jobs and behave childishly. When Brennan's mother Nancy (Mary Steenburgen) and Dale's father Robert (Richard Jenkins) marry, Brennan and Dale are forced to live with each other as step brothers. Their parents warn them that they must find jobs within a month or else be forced out of the house. When Brennan's younger brother Derek (Adam Scott) comes to visit with his oddly perfect family, he too mocks them and entices Dale to punch him in the face. Brennan is awed that Dale was able to stand up to Derek. Meanwhile, Brennan's sister-in-law Alice (Kathryn Hahn) who is also resentful of Derek, finds Dale's courage a turn on. Brennan and Dale discover their many shared interests and develop a strong personal bond. Meanwhile, Robert becomes irate at their continued immature behavior and forces them to look for jobs, going so far as to let the pair borrow suits for their upcoming job interviews. Brennan and Dale take job interviews in which they perform very poorly by being rude to two of their potential employers and pointing out too many of their flaws and offending a third (Seth Rogen) when Dale passes gas for fifteen seconds. Robert and Nancy reveal their plans to retire and sail the world, and demand Brennan and Dale to find other living arrangements. Consequently, the two sabotage attempts to sell the house. Dale and Brennan, in their attempts to start an entertainment company, release their music video for "Boats N' Hoes" in front of their family, which shows them accidentally wrecking Robert's boat. Angered to his limits Robert walks out on Christmas Eve to go to the Cheesecake Factory for a drink, and upon his return later that evening, proclaims to Nancy that it was the "happiest he had been in months." The following day at Christmas dinner, he announces his intention to divorce Nancy, causing Brennan and Dale to break down. Upon discovering that each blames the other for the divorce, the boys decide to go their separate ways. Brennan starts working for Derek's helicopter leasing firm and Dale works for a catering company.
Brennan, wanting to reunite the broken family, takes the initiative to arrange Derek's sales party, inviting Robert and Nancy. The party is a success and Robert ultimately encourages Brennan and Dale to be their eccentric child-at-heart selves again, seeing as they are now both miserable in their "adult" lives. Brennan and Dale then take to the stage and perform "Por ti Volare." Derek (like the rest of the audience) is so moved by the performance that he and Brennan make amends. Six months later, Robert and Nancy are reunited and move back into their old home, while Brennan and Dale form a successful entertainment company that runs karaoke events