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Stepbrothers

Justin Fuselier Film As Literature 4th block spring '10
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prestige WorldWide Justin Fuselier Film As Literature Fourth Block Spring 2010 Brennan Huff and Dale Doback are both about 40 when Brennan's mom and Dale's dad get married. The sons still live with their parents so they must now share a room. The two's disagrements and arguments put stress on the household's peace and the parents' relationship. Dad lays down the law: both slackers have a week to find a job. Out of the job search and their love of music comes a pact that leads to friendship but more problems arise by the boys' sleepwalking. Hovering nearby are Brennan's successful brother and his lonely wife: the brother wants to help sell his step-father's house, the wife wants Dale's attention, and the newlyweds want to retire and sail the seven seas. Will Ferrell ... Brennan Huff Kathryn Hahn ... Alice Adam Scott ... Derek Richard Jenkins ... Dr. Robert Doback Mary Steenburgen ...Nancy Huff John C. Reilly ... Dale Doback Adam Mckay Adam Mckay was born on April 17, 1968 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He is happily married to Shira Piven, with two daughters Lili Mckay and Pearl Mckay. Adam was one of the founding members of the Upright Citizens Brigade comedy troupe. He was also an alumni of the Second City Improv Company in Chicago. Throughout 2000 and 2001, McKay made several short films for "Saturday Night Live" (1975). Actors such as Steve Buscemi, Willem Dafoe, Jimmy Fallon, Will Ferrell, Patrick McCartney, Jerry Minor, Tracy Morgan, Chris Parnell, Andy Richter, Horatio Sanz, Molly Shannon and Ben Stiller have appeared in his SNL shorts. In 2004, McKay directed his first full feature film, "Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy" (2004), which he co-wrote with Will Ferrell. Although his work at "Saturday Night Live" (1975) was mainly as a writer and director, he made several appearances on the show, usually as an over-sized, obnoxious audience member who heckles the host or cast members until the stars verbally or physically attack him. McKay had auditioned for "Saturday Night Live" (1975) as an actor, while he was still with the Second City Improv but didn't make the cut as on camera talent. But, he had submitted four scripts to the show which had gotten him hired as a writer.

Biography Budget
$65,000,000 (estimated) Statistics Opening Weekend
$30,940,732 (USA) (27 July 2008) (3,094 Screens)
Gross
$100,468,793 (USA) (21 September 2008)
$100,125,730 (USA) (14 September 2008)
$99,415,157 (USA) (7 September 2008)
$98,237,639 (USA) (31 August 2008)
$90,695,938 (USA) (17 August 2008)
$81,132,136 (USA) (10 August 2008)
$63,172,026 (USA) (3 August 2008)
$30,940,732 (USA) (27 July 2008)
$100,468,793 (USA)
Summary Box Office Statistics 5 Other Movies by Adam Mckay Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby (2006)
Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004)
The Landlord (2007) The Procedure (2007) The Other Guys (2010) (post production) Release date 8-6-10 Sound track "A-Punk" - Vampire Weekend

"North American Scum" - LCD Soundsystem

"Hairy Balls" - John C. Reilly

"Captain Benevant & His Ragtag Crew" - Adam McKay and Steve Weisberg

"Ice Ice Baby" - Vanilla Ice

"Breathe and Stop" - Q-Tip

"Sweet Child O' Mine" - W. Axl Rose, Saul Hudson, Michael McKagan, Jeffrey Isbell and Steven Adler

"Brother" - Lee Ferrell and Hal Radcliff

"Learn" - Dizzee Rascal

"You Make My Dreams" - Hall & Oates

"This is How We Do It" - Montell Jordan, Oji Pierce and Ricky Walters

"Live on Stage" - Dilated Peoples

"Tristan and Isolde" - Richard Wagner "Something to Talk About" - Will Ferrell

"You're on My Mind" - KO & the Knockouts

"Under Pressure" - Oz Ravbon and Amir Efrat

"Boats 'N Hoes" - Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly

"A Marshmallow World" - Brenda Lee

"Family Bible" - Rick Logan

"Back and Forth" - Jon Brion

"Slow Burn" - Set the Control

"Keeping the Faith" - Billy Joel

"The Longest Time" - Billy Joel

"Por Ti Volare" - Will Ferrell

"Father Christmas" - Kinks

"The Impression That I Get" - Mighty Mighty
Bosstones

"Derby Day" - Cheeseburger Director Awards Golden TRailer Won: Best Comedy Poster 2008 Golden TRailer Nominated: Best Summer 2008 Blockbuster Poster Screenplay Brennan: I'm not gonna call him [Robert] "Dad".
Nancy: Brennan, you're 39 years old. I would not expect you to call him "Dad".
Brennan: Well, I'm not going to. Ever. Even if there's a fire!
Brennan: Robert better not get in my face... or I'll drop that motherf****r.
Nancy: Jesus, Brennan!
Brennan: Where did he go to medical school?
Nancy: He went to Northwestern and Johns Hopkins, is that good enough for you?
Brennan: No, it’s not.
Nancy: Well, Brennan, those are very prestigious schools.
Brennan: I smoked pot with Johnny Hopkins.
Nancy: You don't know anybody named Johnny Hopkins.
Brennan: It was Johnny Hopkins and Sloan Kettering. And they were blazing that SH!t up every day.
Will Ferrell A graduate of the University of Southern California, Will Ferrell became interested in performing while a student at University High School in Irvine, California, where he made his school's daily morning announcements over the public address system in disguised voices. He started as a member of the Los Angeles comedy/improvisation group The Groundlings, where fellow cast members Ana Gasteyer, Maya Rudolph and former "Saturday Night Live" (1975) repertory players such as Laraine Newman, Jon Lovitz and Phil Hartman began their careers. It was there he met Chris Kattan and the two became good friends and both went on to "Saturday Night Live" (1975) later. He has also appeared on several television programs, including "Strangers with Candy" (1999), "Grace Under Fire" (1993) and "Living Single" (1993) during his time at The Groundlings. Will also lent his voice to the armless and legless dad of cartoon family "The Oblongs". Will is a fan of the soccer clubs Celtic (from Glasgow) and Chelsea (From London). Can be seen wearing the jerseys from the clubs at events on TV.


5 Other Films by Will Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby (2006)
Bewitched (2005)
Kicking & Screaming (2005)
Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004)
Elf (2003)
TRIVIA The fake testicles that Will Ferrell used were worth around $20,000 and presented to him as a wrap present. In Dale's bedroom there is a sign for Hugalo's Pizza, the same pizza place that Will Ferrell worked for in Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby (2006). When Will Ferrell mentions that he has smoked pot with Sloan Kettering, he is referencing a lyric from the song "A-Punk" by Vampire Weekend, which was playing during the opening scene. The name of the high school which Brennan preforms during the talent show and gets made fun of by Derek is "Great Valley High School" which is the name of the actual high school director Adam McKay attended.
The name of the bully in the playground is Chris Gardocki, which is the same name as a NFL punter who played for the Chicago Bears, Indianapolis Colts, Cleveland Browns, and Pittsburgh Steelers.
Why step Brothers?? Probably because this movie might be my favorite movie of all time just because its soo darn hilarious. I mean yes there are different types of funny movies that may be funnier, but if you like alot of vulgar and sexual humor then this is the movie for you because it's full of that. The first time I had seen this movie I laughed so hard I cried and I'm sure many many other people did too. In my opinion it's the funniest comedy out right now even though "The Hangover" is out, I'm a Will Ferrell fan, so I like anything with him in it. I think Will Ferrel makes any movie better or funnier. Critic Reviews By Roger Ebert

When did comedies get so mean? "Step Brothers" has a premise that might have produced a good time at the movies, but when I left, I felt a little unclean. The plot: Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly play Brennan and Dale, two never-employed 40-ish sons who still live at home, eating melted cheese nachos and watching TV. When their parents (Mary Steenburgen and Richard Jenkins) get married, they become step-brothers and have to share the same room. This causes them to inflict agonizing pain upon each other and use language that would seem excessive in the men's room of a truck stop.

Is this funny? Anything can be funny. Let me provide an example. I am thinking of a particular anatomical act. It is described in explicit detail in two 2008 movies, "Step Brothers" and the forthcoming "Tropic Thunder." In "Step Brothers," it sounds dirty and disgusting. In "Tropic Thunder," described by Jack Black while he is tied to a tree and undergoing heroin withdrawal, it's funny.

Same act, similar descriptions. What's the difference? It involves the mechanism of comedy, I think. The Jack Black character is desperately motivated. He will offer to do anything to be released. In "Step Brothers," the language is simply showing off by talking dirty. It serves no comic function, and just sort of sits there in the air, making me cringe.

I know, I know, four-letter language is the currency of a movie like this, and many of the other films Judd Apatow produces. I would be lying if I said I was shocked. I would also be lying if I said I had no taste, or judgment of comic strategy. I'm sure I've seen movies with more extreme language than "Step Brothers," but here it seems to serve no purpose other than simply to exist. In its own tiny way, it lowers the civility of our civilization.

Now what about the violence? These two adult children do horrible things to each other. The movie must be particularly proud of one scene, because they show part of it in the trailer. Dale thinks he has killed Brennan by slamming him with the cymbal of his drum set. He rolls him in a rug and prepares to bury him in the lawn. Brennan comes to, bangs Dale with the shovel and starts to bury him alive.........

Second Critic When did Will Ferrell stop being funny? It wasn't that long ago that this Saturday Night Live alum looked to be following in the footsteps of the likes of Jim Carrey and Adam Sandler but, somewhere along the way, Ferrell's train derailed. Now, once again paired with John C. Reilly, he tries so hard and with so little effect to make us laugh that the result is almost physically painful. Few films are worse to sit through than comedies that don't work. Step Brothers is one of those. Humor is subjective, but this movie made me feel as if I had been subjected to something unpleasant.

Step Brothers is a one joke concept: Ferrell and Reilly play 40-year old virgins who are little boys trapped in men's bodies. Mentally and emotionally, they're about eight years old and they act that way. That's pretty much the entire film - two grown men acting like kids. The concept is amusing for about two minutes. It's the kind of thing that might sound funny in a pitch meeting but, put into action, there's not enough laugh-generating material here to fill a bad SNL skit. And it's not as if the actors aren't trying. Ferrell and Reilly give it their all, and that's one reason it's so sad to see them fail so utterly. It's the proverbial slow-motion train wreck. Step Brothers is rude, crude, and profane, but not in a funny way. Jokes include discovering how Ferrell handles a situation when the toilet paper has run out, a testicle rub on a drum set, the world's longest fart, and other such side-splitting gags. ("Gag" sometimes being the operative word.)

The setup is simple. Nancy (Mary Steenburgen) and Robert (Richard Jenkins) meet and fall in love. They decide to get married, but each brings baggage to the new family. Nancy's son, Brennan (Will Ferrell), is a Mamma's Boy in the truest sense of the word. He has never cut the apron strings. Robert's son, Dale (John C. Reilly), is in a similar boat. His dad has been his gravy train. At first, the two new step brothers don't get along. Then, when they find a common enemy in Brennan's cocky, overachieving younger brother (Adam Scott), they bond. And when Mom and Dad decide to sell the house, it's time for Dale and Brennan to look to the future and try to get jobs and maybe find girlfriends.


The screenplay for Step Brothers is not completely devoid of intelligence, although it comes close. The moments of cleverness are sprinkled lightly throughout, and are threatened to be overwhelmed by the waste assailing them on all sides. The conclusion, which effectively sends up the "happy ending" syndrome of most comedies, is moderately amusing. Unfortunately, it's a case of too little, too late. Most of those who would care about the satirical bent of the epilogue will have tuned out or walked out long ago. The first 90 minutes of Step Brothers are so unpleasant that a tolerable final eight hardly makes up for the time wasted to get there.

Judd Apatow has his name on the film, but Step Brothers' failure in generating laughter or provoking us to care on any level about these two puerile, annoying characters, demonstrates that his reputation as a cinematic Midas of R-rated comedies is overrated. (No penises here, but there are testicles - does that count?) Apatow is only listed as a producer, not a writer. That credit goes to Ferrell and his longtime collaborator, Adam McKay, who also directs. Considering how ingrained Ferrell's fingerprints are on everything to do with this movie, it's impossible to exonerate him of the stench. Step Brothers is as big a misstep as this ex-SNL giant has taken.

by James Berardinelli My Own Criticism Although i do think this movie was greatest movie ever made, it might give me a biased opinion, i think it can use some words of advice from me. I don't really have much to say that was bad about the movie only that be carefull letting your kids watch this movie. NSFK! (not safe for kids) Unless you love 10 year olds running around throwing the F-Word like its no one's buisness. Other than that, despite a few minor errors dring Brennan's song at the Catalina Wine Festival, the drums don't match up with what Dale is playing several times. But those things are just minor and not something anyone would notice. I think that people will be rolling on the floor laughing so hard that it wont matter what kind of errors you will make because its only gonna make it funnier. Kudos to Mr. Mckay! and p.s. Good Acting!(he had a minor role in this film)
Release Date: 25 July 2008 MLA Citations "IMDB". Amazon.com. 4/20/10 <imdb.com>. Berardinelli, James. "Reelviews". 4/20/10 <www.reelviews.net>. Ebert, Robert. "robertebert.com". 4/20/10 <www.robertebert.com>. Jones, Oliver. "Will Ferrell ... Answers Your Questions". People November 20, 2006 Images All images come from google, and they are entitled to full credit for them. Thank you google. Tyrangiel, Josh. "Will Ferrell: Brilliant Idiot". TIME Mar. 15, 2007 Song: Sweet Child O' Mine by Guns N'Roses THE END! Table of Contents Phases 1-- Title
2-- Heading
3-- Summary
4-9 -- Actors
10-11 - Statistics
12-14 -- Director Bio
15-- Sound track
16-- Awards
17-- Screen play
18-19 - Will Bio
20-24 Pictures
25-- Trivia
26-- My Opinion
27-28 - Critics
29-- My critique
30-- Citations
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