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Step Brothers (2008)



Critic Consensus: Step Brothers indulges in a cheerfully relentless immaturity that will quickly turn off viewers unamused by Ferrell and Reilly -- and delight those who find their antics hilarious.

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Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby co-stars Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly re-team with that film's director, Adam McKay, to tell the tale of two pampered best friends whose single parents fall in love and decide to marry. McKay and Ferrell share screenwriting credits, and Judd Apatow and Jimmy Miller produce. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

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Will Ferrell
as Brennan Huff
John C. Reilly
as Dale Doback
Mary Steenburgen
as Nancy Huff
Richard Jenkins
as Robert Doback
Logan Manus
as Chris Gardoski
Travis Flory
as Redheaded Kid
Lili McKay
as 7-year-old girl
Wayne Federman
as Blind Man
Maria Quiban
as TV Anchor
Danielle Schneider
as Receptionist
Gillian Vigman
as Pam Gringe
Brian Huskey
as Interviewer
Seth Rogen
as Sporting Goods Manager
Brian Henchy
as Interviewer
Chris Henchy
as First homebuyer
Mary Catherine Hamelin
as First homebuyer
Ian Roberts
as Male Therapist
Erica Vittina Phillips
as Second homebuyer
Phil LaMarr
as second homebuyer
Paula Killen
as Rental Agent
Ken Jeong
as Employment Agent
Horatio Sanz
as Lead Singer
Kyle Felts
as Wine Mixer Heckler
Matt Walsh
as Drunk Corporate Guy
Dmitri Schuyler-Linch
as 6-year-old Derek
Bryce Hurless
as 9-year-old Brennan
Brent White
as Therapy Patient
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Critic Reviews for Step Brothers

All Critics (205) | Top Critics (64)

It isn't even the funniest movie I've seen this year. But it sure made me laugh.

March 29, 2019 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
Top Critic

The potentially gooey conclusion is leavened with cynical irreverence.

March 29, 2019 | Full Review…

The shouty variety of manchild comedy that Ferrell has cribbed from Jerry Lewis divides movie fans intensely. Here's the one we should put in the time capsule.

November 17, 2011 | Rating: 4/5

Unremittingly juvenile and irredeemably funny.

October 18, 2008 | Full Review…
Top Critic

On its own terms, Step Brothers is hilarious. But it's a shame that the filmmakers didn't have more faith in the audience. Why resort to gross-out tactics when your premise is strong enough to allow for a more sophisticated approach?

October 18, 2008 | Rating: B

Step Brothers is the latest movie from Adam McKay, the director of Anchorman and Talladega Nights, and, like those two fine entertainments, it rejoices in making a virtue of its own rampant stupidity.

October 18, 2008 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Step Brothers


With so much that is quite retarded here, this is actually a hilarious Apatowian comedy that works so well thanks to Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly, who have a great onscreen chemistry together and can be really charismatic playing two clueless idiots.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

Step Brothers present a silly humor, but the talents of Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly with an interesting story, become a high point to McKay's movie.

Lucas Martins
Lucas Martins

Super Reviewer

After recently re-watching "Step Brothers," I have to admit, it has lost some it's charm that made it's dumber humour enjoyable the first time around. I loved this movie when it came out in theatres back in 2010, but quite honestly, it is just not one of those films that will have a lasting effect for years to come. Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly are a great pairing for brothers, and they play off each other very well, but by the end of the movie they actually began annoying me. For years I thought this movie was great, but it's jokes only hit half of the time and everyone seems to be over-acting. It is odd, because I definitely felt differently about this movie before. "Step Brothers" mixes clever humour with downright juvenile humour and sometimes it doesn't work. But the clever humour and all the improve is great, so I still was able to enjoy most of the movie.

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

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