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Capone Calls STEP BROTHERS a Tasty Surprise!!

Hey everyone. Capone in San Diego here. This posting has nothing to do with Comic-Con, but since the film opened this weekend and I did catch it before I left for this lovely event, I thought I'd better steer you right on over to it. STEP BROTHERS is comedy in its absolute most simple form: two grown men acting like children, screaming the worst kind of insults at each other and getting into ridiculous physical battles that look more like playground wrestling than adult fighting. It sounds stupid and base. But when the men in question are Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly, arguably two of the funniest guys working today, working under the direction of Adam McKay (TALLADEGA NIGHT; ANCHORMAN), then you hope for something a little more inspired. Let's throw a couple more seemingly sure-fire names at you. The script for Step Brothers is by Ferrell and McKay (from a story by the pair and Reilly), and one of the credited producers is Judd Apatow. And while he may not be known for his comic stylings, let me throw one more name at you: Richard Jenkins, the star of one of the year's finest films so far, The Visitor, who is on hand as Reilly's dad. And, guess what? All of these worthy names add up to a pretty damn funny film. Ferrell and Reilly play Brennan and Dale, two guys cruising the 40-year-old milepost and still living with a parent. Brennan lives with his loving, overly protective mother (Mary Steenburgen, still lovely but looking overly tan), while Dale lives with his dad. For whatever reasons, the two men have never really had to take charge of their lives or be responsible for their actions. Ferrell and Reilly are both playing spoiled, bratty teenagers in the bodies of two guys fast approaching middle age. The two parents meet, fall in love and get married, and suddenly these two men-children are forced not only to live in the same house, but share a room. Creative usage of every four-letter word in the book are on display in Step Brothers, and these two actors have an absolute gift for inventing the most descriptive and demeaning insults imaginable. It's a joy to listen to them invent and improvise. But it doesn't take the pair long to realize how much they have in common, and soon they become fast friends and partners in crime. Mom and dad give the boys ultimatums about getting jobs and finding their own place to live, but nothing seems to work. Eventually, in a misguided attempt to create their own business, they destroy Jenkins' plan to retire early and spend a great deal of time with his new wife sailing around the world, and dad decides it's time for him to break up the not-so-happy family. The boys do what they can to keep mom and dad together. Hilarity and a bit of growing up ensue. There isn't much more to Step Brothers than that, but I can't stress enough how much fun it is watching these craftsman do what they do best. More than that, they remember what it was like to be that volatile combination of anxiety, hormones, and aggression that make up the teen years. That being said, the verbal gags work far better than the physical comedy, and most of the material about Brennan's younger but far more successful brother isn't nearly as interesting as when it's just Ferrell and Reilly going off. I'm not sure what else you really need to know. STEP BROTHERS will, without a doubt, produce large, gasping, violent laughs throughout your body. The combination of a wicked script and two totally game lead performers works on paper and in the real world. The real surprise of the film is Jenkins' comic timing and ability to dish it out as well as take it from his ungrateful son. Jenkins has been something of a gift from the acting gods this year, and my heart quickens when I remember that the next time we'll see him is in September for Burn After Reading, the new Coen Brothers comedy. I can't get enough of this terrific long-time character actor finally getting his due. STEP BROTHERS is just two funny friends being as god-damned hilarious as they know how to be, and most of the time the results are dead on. Going into the final month of this summer thinking all I had to look forward to for laughs were PINEAPPLE EXPRESS and TROPIC THUNDER, this little film was a tasty surprise. -Capone

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  • July 26, 2008, 4:27 a.m. CST


    by Dijjot

    manboy the movie was pretty funny

  • July 26, 2008, 4:29 a.m. CST


    by Dijjot

    theyre both playing the same asshole, only will farrel furrows his brows a little more.

  • July 26, 2008, 4:29 a.m. CST


    by Dijjot


  • July 26, 2008, 4:37 a.m. CST

    Pineapple Express

    by pokadoo

    seems to be taking forever to come out.

  • July 26, 2008, 5:06 a.m. CST

    Glad to hear that.

    by mrfan

    Haven't seen a good comedy for some time. mrfan needs to laugh.

  • July 26, 2008, 5:27 a.m. CST

    No shit, its got Ferrell in

    by ReZourceman

    Im not aware of him doing any wrong.

  • July 26, 2008, 6:34 a.m. CST


    by Ropacon

    What's with all those scenes from the trailers that weren't in the actual movie??? Driving through the yards in the minivan and wreckin the convenience store were not in the film.

  • July 26, 2008, 8:23 a.m. CST


    by tile_mcgillus

    I am a huge Ferrell fan. This movie didn't work for me. It was like they tried to add in a quirky "Napolean Dynamite"esque style to their comedy and not just go balls to the wall McKay style on it. It was like oil and water. Didn't work for me. I still laughed at several scenes and throughly enjoyed Boats & Hoes. Definitely wasn't up to their usual game...

  • July 26, 2008, 8:39 a.m. CST

    Ferrell needed this

    by Maxer

    After the skating movie and the basketball movie, he needed something for people to remember he can make an overall good movie.

  • July 26, 2008, 9:12 a.m. CST

    Trailer looked funny

    by NomoredirtyjokespleaseweareYanks

    might just check this out..

  • July 26, 2008, 9:19 a.m. CST

    Will Ferrell play a grown man acting like a child?

    by TVguy4566

    I see he is stretching his wings as a comedic actor and taking on far different roles. <br><br> No offense Capone, but I am still apprehensive on this one. Many people seemed to love Talledegan Nights and I thought it had a few laughs but overall a weak film. Granted everyone seemed to be on the same page with me in stating Semi Pro was a pile of dog turd. <br><br> I find Ferrell's man-child act to be growing thin. I usually wait for DVD for most comedies anyway, but I guess I am still not rushing out to see this one.

  • July 26, 2008, 9:47 a.m. CST

    Its fucking funny.

    by dr sauch

    Here's my theory on people that dislike Will Ferrell: They had bad, humorless childhoods. I know, I know, people are going to come back and say "yeah, that or we just don't have the mentality of a nine-year-old". Have you ever watched a nine-year-old play? It usually elicits laughter. Ferrell's younger brother in this is the perfect embodiment of people who don't like Will Ferrell; stuck up douchebags who take themselves a little too seriously.

  • July 26, 2008, 9:49 a.m. CST

    call it another film that was forgotten

    by palewook

    while people continued to line to see TDK again

  • July 26, 2008, 10:02 a.m. CST

    Saw it last night

    by Bean_

    Very funny movie, JC Riley is amazing. Only problem was I could hear The Dark Knight playing next door during the quiet parts of the movie, and it made me want to see it for a 3rd time :P

  • July 26, 2008, 10:03 a.m. CST

    someone who saw this in the theaters, tell me -

    by Holodigm

    did they keep in the heart attack scene?

  • July 26, 2008, 10:05 a.m. CST

    Mary Steenburgen, still lovely but looking overly tan?

    by London_is_dead85

    What is this Perez Hilton? Oh Capone,you are such a bitch!!

  • July 26, 2008, 10:06 a.m. CST

    Sure, Step Brothers is tasty. Tasty like shit

    by Bass Bastardson

    Seriously. I saw Step Brothers last night and while I'll admit that there were a few hilarious bits, a few funny bits don't make a movie. Over all the movie was total garbage. That Capone liked the Sex and The City movie and now this piece of crap has me suspecting that perhaps I should run far away from anything he recommends.

  • July 26, 2008, 10:42 a.m. CST


    by DHJeffries

    What heart attack scene? I guess that's your answer.

  • July 26, 2008, 11:27 a.m. CST


    by ranma627

    This film has its moments but it definitely tried too hard. They use so much profanity just for the sake of using it. It's not funny just because you're swearing. I didn't like the film, just like I didn't like Talladega Nights. And two of the funniest men working today. No they're not. Anchorman was McKay's only good film.

  • July 26, 2008, 11:39 a.m. CST

    ranma627, you're retarded as shit

    by long live the new chris

    "fucking catalina wine mixer"

  • July 26, 2008, 11:44 a.m. CST


    by skunksmckrunk

    it had it's moments. and they were brief. "stay golden pony boy!" 'nough said. Rating: C

  • July 26, 2008, 11:47 a.m. CST

    Reilly's talented, but...

    by NiceGuyEddie19

    Dewey Cox was a godawful fucking nightmare of a piece of shit that I considered walking out from. The only payout in the ENTIRE movie was when they made fun of rapper rip-off artists when "Lil' Nutsack" sampled one word from Dewey's song.

  • July 26, 2008, 11:58 a.m. CST

    Ferrel needs to take a Time Out

    by frakthetoasters

    Will Ferrel needs to take a time out from making movies where he plays the same immature, crazy, Frank-the-Tank-Ricky Bobby Ron Burgundy-yelling, silly joke telling character.

  • July 26, 2008, 12:12 p.m. CST

    Frakthetoasters...he took a time out...

    by Cletus Van Damme

    ...with "Stranger Than Fiction." He really wasn't too bad in it, but he's more entertaining in things like Anchorman. Once you find your niche, etc.<p> I mean would you tell Olivier to go do a frat party film because he's getting too serious? ;)

  • July 26, 2008, 12:26 p.m. CST

    Sleep Walking

    by Wed Vid Guy

    I never laughed so hard at the sleep walking bits. Funny as hell.

  • July 26, 2008, 12:35 p.m. CST

    The Most Offensive thing about this movie

    by topaz4206

    is its budget. $65 million dollars.<br><br>$65 MILLION!<br><br>Aside from that, hilarious film, McKay and Ferrell are 3 for 3.

  • July 26, 2008, 12:40 p.m. CST

    Not a funny movie

    by slone13

    <p>2 or 3 good laughs. Lots of groans. Plenty of snores.</p> <p>Might have been funnier if they hadn't been directed to act like actual 12 year old boys. Immature adults is one thing, but choosing to portray the two characters as if they were really 12 year old boys in 40+ year old men's bodies just didn't work. It wasn't funny when Robin Williams did it in "Jack", either.</p>

  • July 26, 2008, 1:35 p.m. CST

    [Will Ferrell impression]

    by Nasty In The Pasty


  • July 26, 2008, 1:39 p.m. CST

    Amazing G, re: lack of posts in older topics

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    That's because AICN is one of the ONLY websites in existance to not only ban certain posters, but to also erase EVERY SINGLE POST UNDER THAT DEFUNCT USERNAME, EVER, which makes it almost impossible to read any thread more than, say, six months old, because Harry bans people left and right. Seriously, ban whoever you want, but KEEP THE FUCKING OLD POSTS.

  • July 26, 2008, 1:46 p.m. CST

    This film is a comedy classic

    by chaseguy17

    laughed the whole way through. And before you smash my usage of the word "classic"...think about this for a minute. How many other films can you honestly say cast generally funny comedians...who are just as funny in film than they were back in the days on SNL or standup? Chris Rock, Eddie Murphy, even Sandler these days can't hold a candle to how they used to be. There are so many generally funny actors...but when they get put under the camera they are absolutely terrible. Their comedic timing is weak and the jokes feel forced. Not the case in this film. Natural comedy all the way through.

  • July 26, 2008, 1:52 p.m. CST

    dear captboulder:

    by long live the new chris

    eat shit or die trying. i'm glad you're keeping up with actors resumes. go jerk off to some gus van sant movies.

  • July 26, 2008, 2:16 p.m. CST

    It's funny, but poorly executed.


    You'll laugh, but the script is a mess (soooo many setups that go nowhere) and no character development to speak of. It also has some of the worst editing I've ever seen in a mainstream film. I'd summarize it as a moderately funny missed opportunity. I'd put this below Talladega Nights and above Blades of Glory.

  • July 26, 2008, 4:32 p.m. CST

    Six guesses as to Gus Van Rant's true identity...

    by Chief Redcock

    In order of likelihood: (1) Seth MacFarlane, creator of Family Guy (2) Jimmy Kimmel (3) Kevin Smith, or one of his minions (4) Bill Maher (5) Craig Ferguson (6) Charlie Sheen

  • July 26, 2008, 5:16 p.m. CST

    Was this really about George and Jeb Bush?

    by andrew coleman

    The quote at the beginning made me think it was. Sort of funny the thing about them being men/12 year olds confused me. Because I started believing they were just mentally challenged and no one cared to tell them. A couple good jokes but it could have been a lot better!

  • July 26, 2008, 7:02 p.m. CST

    Don't believe you


    looks like moronic, unfunny suckage

  • July 26, 2008, 7:48 p.m. CST

    "I'm going to kill you Leonard Nimoy"

    by The Dum Guy

    and "I'm going to kick you in the mouth Kenny Rogers".<br><br>Funny stuff, I'd say.

  • July 26, 2008, 9:31 p.m. CST

    Believe the hype

    by DaddyFatSack

    Saw it last night. This shit was very funny. I was laughing to the point of tears several times during the course of the movie, specifically during the "fucking catalina wine mixer." When Will Ferrell sings Con Te Partiro I LOST it. "I've traveled 500 miles to give you my seed!" The audience I saw it with loved it, people started clapping at the end, etc. Anyone who has a noticeable sense of humor will laugh at this movie. It's not the tightest of scripts or the most polished movie, but its still a riot. And thats what I judge a comedy on; how much laughter it provokes from me. And this made me laugh my ass off. And I laughed at the car singing scene but it was a little much. I grimaced when the little faggy kid in the backseat was singing his solo haha

  • July 26, 2008, 10:02 p.m. CST

    Choke on Apatow's cum

    by therealkumar

  • July 26, 2008, 10:55 p.m. CST

    a fucking homerun

    by jefflebowski

    It blows my mind that some ppl are saying they didn't like the film. you've got will and john c doing what they do best. kicking balls and taking names. if you didn't like their other comedies, then you have no reason to see this film. but for the enlightened, this is pure bliss. i loved almost every minute of the film. will's younger brother is the weak point of the film, it would've made more sense if he had been an older brother, but his wife has a few good moments. kudos to the wardrobe department. john c's t-shirts should get a best-supporting role nomination.

  • July 27, 2008, 12:26 a.m. CST

    Most people Know Richard Jenkins...

    by TheMcflyFarm

    For his comedic stylings. Don't be an ignorant retard.

  • July 27, 2008, 12:44 a.m. CST


    by TheGhostWhoLurks

    Farrell's HILARIOUS in just about everything he does. This film was a winner as soon as they showed the first preview. :)

  • July 27, 2008, 1:15 a.m. CST

    Better than Dark Knight

    by Psalmolive

    This was a decillion times to the power of a centillion times more entertaining than Dark Knight. THIS IS THE MOVIE OF THE SUMMER.

  • July 27, 2008, 5:58 a.m. CST

    oh, man

    by antonphd

    I watched Mamma Mia with my wife last week. It's ok. I watched The Dark Knight twice as well. James Bond was in Mamma Mia with Wrothgar from Beowulf and Grendel and I had no clue it was a musical. No, not just a musical. It was like one of those woods dancing rituals for wikens, but for regular women and girls. It was like walking into a temple of the goddess Athena and witnessing worship of all things feminine. Worst of all... it had ABBA music that got stuck in my head this week. So, I thought... I'm gonna suprise my wife with an offer to go see it again today. I don't know what the fuck I was thinking. As we were driving to the theater... I started to remember what it was going to be like again. How it felt like I had my balls kicked into nothingness over and over again thru the film as I watched my boys Bond and Wrothgar without any balls at all anymore. I started to have second thoughts. I remembered that Step Brothers was opening this weekend. I mentioned to my wife that if she wasn't still in the mood to watch Mamma Mia that maybe we could watch Step Brothers. Intro You must enter an Intro for your Diary Entry between 300 and 1150 characters long. I watched Mamma Mia with my wife last week. It's ok. I watched The Dark Knight twice as well. James Bond was in Mamma Mia with Wrothgar from Beowulf and Grendel and I had no clue it was a musical. No, not just a musical. It was like one of those woods dancing rituals for wikens, but for regular women and girls. It was like walking into a temple of the goddess Athena and witnessing worship of all things feminine. Worst of all... it had ABBA music that got stuck in my head this week. So, I thought... I'm gonna suprise my wife with an offer to go see it again today. I don't know what the fuck I was thinking. As we were driving to the theater... I started to remember what it was going to be like again. How it felt like I had my balls kicked into nothingness over and over again thru the film as I watched my boys Bond and Wrothgar without any balls at all anymore. I started to have second thoughts. I remembered that Step Brothers was opening this weekend. I mentioned to my wife that if she wasn't still in the mood to watch Mamma Mia that maybe we could watch Step Brothers. I barely got the words Step Brothers out of my mouth before she said NO WAY. She had zero interest in that film. We kept driving to the theater and I started to get sick and dizzy realising what I was about to suffer. We were substantially early and decided to get a quick lunch before the film. She mentioned that she was kinda not in the mood for Mamma Mia. I saw my opening. I laid out a bargain to go see Step Brothers instead. I would go shopping with her for an hour before the film and as long as she wanted after. Shopping for hours is like sex compared to watching Mamma Mia again. She agreed... after making sure that I was saying 'shopping with intent to buy'. My wife... she knows that she owns my ass and never has to ever ask a thing from me especially about spending money, but she still asks like she needs someone to tell her it's ok to spend money on herself. I'll skip thru the shopping and go right to the film. As we handed our tickets over to walk into the film... it struck me that instead of having my balls cut off watching Mamma Mia... I had somehow actually got my wife to agree to watch Step Brothers. A film that I figured was probably the male equivalent to Mamma Mia. I joked to her that it was my plan all along. To offer to see Mamma Mia and then bargain for seeing Step Brothers with shopping after we were at the theater. She laughed for a few seconds and then looked at me. I quickly clarified that it was only a joke. I wish I was that sly. I'm really not. We sat down to watch the film. I think it was the part where early on Will Farell whipped out fake balls and started rubbing them against a drumset that really cemented my fate for having talked my wife into seeing the movie. Oh, she laughed throughout the film, many many times. We both did. I thought I was going to pass out at times. But the balls... the balls on the goddamn drumset... they weren't close to the dirtiest joke in the film. She just kept looking over at me with that look that says how much I owe her... and then said clearly with words that I owed her. She said it every time something like the balls on the drumset happened. Over and over and over and over and over and over again. By the time the film ended with the most outrageous kung fu fight scene ever filmed... I was prety much on a long term high interest payment plan to make this up to my wife. Starting with redecorating the bedroom with a beach theme. Yep. I watched Mamma Mia last week and felt like my balls were being kicked for and hour and a half. Today... I no longer have my balls after watching Step Brothers with my wife. They are locked up in a safe in Switzerland where they will be kept until I have moved my wife to a beach resort in Greece.

  • July 27, 2008, 10:11 a.m. CST

    Yeah, about this film...

    by alanmoore

    Somebody up above said that people who don't like Will Ferrel are humorless douchebags who take themselves too seriously. And well, it makes me wonder: I laugh out loud at Mel Brooks, Zucker, Abrams, and Zucker, and even the odd Eddie Murphy movie here or there. I love Family Guy and South Park, Futurama and the Simpsons. I giggle endlessly at George Carlin, Bill Cosby, and Gallagher. However, at the end of the day, I can't stand Will Ferrell. I think he's a talentless hack who has one act and one act only: Act like a kid, cuss a lot, and make funny noises. Jump around a bit, be generally goofy. End of resume. I realize I'm in the minority. But for God's Sake, it just shows you how far comedy has fallen. I will not be seeing this. And no Capone, I won't be seeing Sex in the City, either. In fact, I'm still waiting for the producers of THAT film to all fall victim to blood cancer and die, and then be resurrected as shoe-shopping zombies, and then be attacked by Ash and his chainsaw. Lastly, I'd say that Will Ferrell (to get back on topic) has zero range and an unfunny taint. Thank you, that is all.

  • July 27, 2008, 10:31 a.m. CST

    Boats and Hoes ! ! !

    by Ninja Nerd

    Actually saw this last night as a 2nd choice...couldn't get from dinner to the theatre in time for the 1st choice, the X-Files flick. So, we ponied up our cash to see what I THOUGHT would be pointless and stupid. At some level, this is a stupid, stupid movie. But, the cast somehow makes this work. Some of the bits didn't work, but a lot did, and the audience we were with laughed long and loud several times. As we did. And yes, Richard Jenkins more than held his own with Farrell and Reilly. And I'm totally hot for Dr. Angelface....

  • July 27, 2008, 12:04 p.m. CST

    This was NOT that good.

    by shartron

    Granted, there were a few laughs. More often than not though, it seemed like these two were trying to force the material. Reilly was terrible. He actually mispronounced a couple of words in his lines. I kid you not. Steenburgen's face looks like Katherine Helmond's in Brazil. I did laugh, just not enough to give this a positive post. 5.5/10

  • July 27, 2008, 1:01 p.m. CST

    The sleepwalking scenes were worth the price of the ticket.

    by scudd

    Especially the first one, when they trash the kitchen. That was some funny shit.

  • July 27, 2008, 4:14 p.m. CST

    Too much improv?

    by Garbage

    IMHO, there was just enough improv in Anchorman, and way too much Talladega Nights. Too much improv is bad. Once you stop looking at the performers as characters, or at least actors, and as guys who think everything they say is hysterically funny, that's it. I throw my popcorn and coke down into the lower rows and I'm outta there.

  • July 27, 2008, 4:15 p.m. CST

    There should be a "rather" in my last post

    by Garbage


  • July 27, 2008, 9:17 p.m. CST

    Has no one else read antonphd's post from 5:58AM?

    by thebearovingian

    Hey antonphd, what the hell is this:<p>"Intro You must enter an Intro for your Diary Entry between 300 and 1150 characters long."<p>Do you have some kind of electronic diary program on your computer?<p>Dear Diary,...

  • July 27, 2008, 9:21 p.m. CST

    P.S. Not poking fun, it was bizarre to read.

    by thebearovingian

    It actually cracked me up. Just one of those WTF? moments.