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Step Brothers (DVD)
Member Name: wendz86
Step Brothers (DVD)
Advantages: Funny, good acting
Disadvantages: A bit too silly at times
We recently bought this film on offer in HMV for only £3, seemed like a bargain so we thought we would give it a watch and see what we thought.
The story on the film is based around two men Brennan Huff (Will Ferrell) who is 39 and Dale Doback (John Reilley) who is 40. Brennan lives with his Mother still and Dale still lives with his Father. Both are spoilt and still act like they are kids. One day at a work conference Brennans Mother Nancy (Mary Steenburgen) and Dales Father Robert (Richard Jenkins) meet at a work conference and have an immediate connection. It is love at first site and before they know it they are getting married. This is bad news for Brennan and Dale as it means they are going to have to live together as Nancy and Brennan are moving in with the Dobacks. The boys take an immediate dislike to each other and start finding more and more ways to wind each other up much to the dismay of their parents. Will Brennan and Dale ever grow up and move out? You will have to watch to find out what happens.
I think the storyline was obviously made for a comedy film as it is a bit silly. I like to hope that it is unlikely that two men of that age would still be living with their parents at that age and still acting like kids. Despite it being silly it obviously works well for a comedy story. There was definitely not really any depth to the story and it is kind of obvious what is going to happen. It does though keep you interested throughout and I didn't find it a boring story.
The main characters Brennan and Dale are quite exagerated. I can't imagine that there are people really like them (maybe there are??). They act completely like kids, wanting what they want and not caring about other people. They are even scared to walk down the street in case they are bullied by other kids. You do sometimes need these kind of exagerated characters in comedy films but sometimes how rediculous it is can get on my nerves. I liked the character of Dales brother Derek (Adam Scott) and his family as I thought they were quite funny and it also made the film a bit more interesting when they were introduced. I think comedy can be achieved without the need for overly silly characters but in this kind of film it does work.
Will Ferrell and John Reilley were both great in their roles. They do tend to play the same kind of characters in all the films they are in so are probably well practiced at this. They also look quite similar to each other so it was funny that they became step brothers. They work well with each other and provide a good comedy duo. I can't imagine these actors in a serious film but in a film like this they perform well in their roles. The other actors were also good, they had less of a role though and with this type of story there is not much chance to show your acting skills. I thought that Adam Scott was also good in his comedy role.
The film is 94 minutes long which I think is just right for a film of this genre. It managed to keep my attention throughout and I disn't feel bored at any point.
You can buy this film for £3 from Amazon or from places like HMV. For this price it is not bad value for money.
Overall it was an enjoyable comedy film. I was kept interested throughout. It wasn't the bets comedy I have ever seen and I don't think I will make much effort to watch again but it is worth watching once.
Summary: An enjoyable comedy film, but not one of the best