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Thursday, July 24, 2008

Step Brothers

Q: What’s the movie about?

A: A couple of 40-year-olds (Will Ferrell & John C. Reilly), who act like they're 12-year-olds, and still live at home, are forced to endure each other when their respective single parents get married.

Q: Who’s in the movie?

A: Will Ferrell, John C. Reilly, Richard Jenkins, Mary Steenburgen, Adam Scott, Katheryn Hahn, Andrea Savage, Rob Riggle

Q: Is this movie worth the price of admission?

A: PhotobucketGo! Just suspend your disbelief and let the stupidity and ridiculousness of this broad comedy carry you to those rolling hills of laughter.

Q: Will this movie make me laugh?

A: If you like jokes that are dirty.

Q: Will this movie make me cry?

A: No, but there is a close up of Will Ferrell's nut sack. A long one. Yes, both.

Q: Will this movie be up for any awards?

A: Is there a Best Hug category?

Q: How is the Acting?

A: The actors put deep commitment into every implausible moment in this absurd scenario. We've seen Ferrell and Reilly do this a million times, but it's Richard Jenkins and Mary Steenburgen, playing the parents, whose interesting character choices bring an element of originality to the screen.

Q: How is the Directing?

A: The relational perspective of the juxtaposition of the characters is disorienting in a few scenes-- much like this sentence. In other words, the director sometimes cuts from wide shots, where the characters are standing extremely far away from each other, to close-ups and over the shoulder shots, that make them appear to be in each other's faces. I can't imagine this was done on purpose.

Q: How is the story/script?

A: Not in any way genius, but it's a vast improvement on the last several Will Ferrell-Adam McKay collaborations. For one thing, this time it seems like they may have used an actual screenplay as the basis for the film. Yeah, the kind someone writes down and hands out to the cast and crew before filming begins. I know, it's a crazy concept.

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4 comments:

Farzan said...

Good review, Im still unsire about seeing this movie because alot of people said Semi-Pro sucked so I dont know. It does look pretty funny from the trailers

Monique Elisabeth said...

Semi-Pro was awful. You shouldn't see that one. But this one is a lot funnier. Much more enjoyable. Still stupid, silly and gross, but not totally pointless like Semi-Pro. It has lots of laughs.

Anonymous said...

Silly but funny. However, too much "diry words", & "sexuality". Could have done without. Would have made the movie a whole lot better!!

Monique Elisabeth said...

Some of the dirtiness is definitely gratuitous, but they wanted an R-rating I think. And once you have it, I think most film makers figure they should go the distance and milk all the shock value they can out of it.