Two years after Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly made movie magic with “Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby,” the duo returns to the big screen with “Step Brothers.”
In “Step Brothers,” Ferrell is Brennan Huff, a 40-year-old virgin (probably) who still lives with his mom, Nancy (Mary Steenburgen). Reilly is Dale (“Call me Dragon”), the equally immature son of Dr. Robert Doback (Richard Jenkins). When Nancy and Robert get married, the new siblings make no effort to conceal their hostility, according to the review on CNN.com.
It’s tempting to see this as a not-so-subtle swipe at the dominant moviegoing demographic, the hormonally mixed-up teenage male, just as “Talladega Nights” took its pokes at NASCAR fans. But if Ferrell and company like to bite the hand that feeds them, the mockery is decidedly indulgent. Like Adam Sandler, Jerry Lewis and so many other comics before them, Ferrell’s childish antics tap an underlying innocence — even when he’s, well, desecrating Dale’s drum kit (I’ll leave it to you to see how), Tom Charity
wrote in the review.
My mom saw a sneak peek of the film in Louisville on Wednesday, and she said there was something in the film she had never before seen on the silver screen, and I wonder if this scene is what she is talking about. She refused to elaborate.
Reilly and Ferrell made a great team in “Talladega Nights,” so I can only hope that “Step Brothers” is as funny. And after all the drama surrounding “The Dark Knight” star Christian Bale this week, I’m sure there will be some people ready for a laugh.