Box art for Step Brothers (Rated)

Step Brothers (Rated)

comedy


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

  • Critic Score
    55%
  • Audience Score
    68%

common sense

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

4 stars

'Step Brothers' is one of the better comedies of the past few years that works due to Will Ferrell and John C. Reiley, who ad-lib throughout, which is much smarter than the scripted moments. However, I do find this a very funny and well-memorable comedy that is perfect for multiple viewings.

- CreedsDelight, Monday, August 8, 2011

4 stars

'Step Brothers' is one of the better comedies of the past few years that works due to Will Ferrell and John C. Reiley, who ad-lib throughout, which is much smarter than the scripted moments. However, I do find this a very funny and well-memorable comedy that is perfect for multiple viewings.

- CreedsDelight, Monday, August 8, 2011

4 stars

'Step Brothers' is one of the better comedies of the past few years that works due to Will Ferrell and John C. Reiley, who ad-lib throughout, which is much smarter than the scripted moments. However, I do find this a very funny and well-memorable comedy that is perfect for multiple viewings.

- CreedsDelight, Monday, August 8, 2011