Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly are emotionally stunted 40 year-olds that act like 8 year-olds who become step brothers when their parents get married. They move in together and generally hate each other’s guts until they realize that they have a lot in common (they both would do John Stamos if they were women) and quickly become best friends. When their parents get a divorce, the duo schemes to try to get them back together at the climatic “Catalina Wine Mixer”.
Ferrell and Reilly are both really funny, have excellent comedic chemistry together and deliver some great moments. They definitely had excellent tastes in movie posters (Spacehunter 3-D), T-shirts (Return of the Jedi), and magazines (Hustler), so they were pretty much okay in my book. The highlight of their antics comes when they make a hilarious rap video aboard their dad’s boat. As their parents, Richard Jenkins and Mary Steenburgen lend the film an emotional center and are a nice contrast to their sons’ borderline obnoxiousness. Kathryn Hahn also has some good scenes as Ferrell’s oversexed sister in-law and cameos by Horatio Sanz and Seth Rogen add a couple of chuckles.
Like most of these Judd Apatow produced comedies about middle-aged men that have accept a modicum of responsibility, the laughs dry up around the ¾ mark. That’s okay though because the first hour or so has enough truly funny moments to consistently keep a smile on your face. It’s no Anchorman or anything, but it’s a good way to kill an hour and a half. Ferrell takes the honors for the grossout highlight went he sticks his testicles on his step brother’s beloved drum set, but it’s Reilly who gets the best line of dialogue when he says: “I got a V of hair going from my chest-pubes down to my ball ‘fro!”