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Step Brothers (Rated)


Will Ferrell re-teams with his Talladega Nights co-star John C. Reilly in this hilarious film, as two spoiled guys who live with their respective single parents. Their folks fall in love and marry, making the guys competitive step brothers.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

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common sense

PAUSE for kids age 16
5 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
3 out of 5
5 out of 5
Positive messages
0 out of 5
Positive role models
0 out of 5
5 out of 5
3 out of 5

Foul-mouthed Ferrell comedy isn't very funny. No kids.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this is a far raunchier comedy than the last collaboration between stars Will Ferrell, John C. Reilly, and director Adam McKay, Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, and much more explicit in how it stoops for laughs. It's loaded with crude, rude, sexual, and obscene language and situations, including visible male genitalia and glimpses of porn and a vocabulary that ranges from "p---y" to "f--k" and everywhere in between. There's also lots of product placement, and the film's half-hearted messages and morals -- about family, being who you are, and accepting people -- are drowned out by its loud, boisterous vulgarity.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about Will Ferrell's appeal. What makes something a "Will Ferrell comedy"?
  • What age group do you think movies like this one are aimed at?
  • Familiescan also discuss the movie's essential question: When should childrenleave home?
  • When does parental protection become more a burden than ashield?
  • What challenges do real blended families face? What fuelssibling rivalry in real life? Also, is it ever worth sacrificing yourindividuality and passion in order to get ahead?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: Although the comedy is a little messed-up and childish itself, it still delivers a few good laughs.

- Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger, Friday, July 25, 2008

Audience Reviews

3 stars

this movie is really funny. it's also really stupid. most of the jokes are funny but some of them are just dumb. this is my least favorite movie by adam mckay but I still really liked it. it's another one of those stupid comedies with a bunch of idiots as the main characters but it is funny. B

- bbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbb1, Saturday, August 7, 2010

2 stars

Stupid, gross, sad (in a pathetic way), awkwardly funny. If you liked Dumb and Dumber, this one should float your boat. Some of the immature stuff had me sniggering for how silly these grown men were. Will and John really fit the roles well. I think it will be end up being a cult classic ten years after its release. I'd be a bit embarrassed to have it in my DVD collection.

- YosemiteSamFan, Monday, June 14, 2010

3 stars

This film is quite inane, yet once I started watching it, I couldn't stop. Will Ferrell is known for his comedic performances, but I wasn't aware that John C. Reilly had it in him. If you're up for a completely silly film about two 40 year old stepbrothers trying to find their way in the world along with all of the chaos as a result of these attempts, this could give you a few good, cheap laughs as it did for me.

- yona71, Saturday, June 12, 2010