Reviewed: Step Brothers (2008)

step brothersIf you have not seen this movie yet, drop everything immediately, head to your local video store/Netflix/place what they get movies from, grab a copy and watch it ASAP!

Re-watching this reminded me that Step Brothers is one of those gems of pure fun with a threadbare story that obviously serves as just a vehicle to get from one sketch to the next for Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly to play in and it’s awesome! This is the second time we get to follow this pair under the direction of Adam McKay (the first instance being Talladega Nights) who really lets them do whatever they want to make us laugh.

The story follows Dale (Reilly) and Brennan (Ferrell), two thirty-something-year-old men who still live at home with their single father Robert (Richard Jenkins) and mother Nancy (Mary Steenburgen) respectively. The parents meet and it’s love at first sight; they get married and decide to move in together much to Dale and Brennan’s dismay.

At first, Dale and Brennan don’t get on but soon realise that they are so alike that they can’t help but be best friends. Happy that they’re connecting, Nancy and Robert think home life will be better but the fact that they’ve got two grown men under one roof behaving like children takes a toll on their relationship. They try to instil a little responsibility in the boys’ lives by getting them jobs but they’re not up to the challenge. The stress becomes unbearable and they break up.

Dale and Brennan are devastated and each blames the other for their parents’ falling out. They essentially break up as well.

Months down the track the boys have finally learned some responsibility and know how to get by on their own in the real world when a chance comes up for them to make amends and get their parents back together.

Reilly and Ferrell are the reason most people will watch this movie but the supporting cast put in just as much effort (special note goes to Steenburgen and Jenkins) with a hilarious performance by Adam Scott as Dale’s dickish brother Derek that is also worth mentioning.

Look, just watch the movie. It’s consistently funny and won’t let you down.

Reviewed: Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story (2007)

walk-hard-the-dewey-cox-storyI’m a fan of music as well as a fan of comedy movies. Do I like films that parody the music scene? Hell yes. Those guys take themselves far too seriously and need a bit of a jab every now and then. But more importantly, it’s not the music itself that needs making fun of – just the culture surrounding it. Here are a handful of favourites that do it perfectly for me; Waynes World (1 & 2), Airheads, This Is Spinal Tap and A Mighty Wind (CB4 deserves a mention too).

A Mighty Wind came out in 2003 but after that, there is a bit of a gap in this subgenre. Movies being made about music were mostly Biopics and not really going out of their way to make us laugh (which I guess is fair enough) – things like Walk the Line with Joaquin Phoenix (just before he went all Borat on everyone’s asses – see: I’m Still Here) and it was this film that inspired the ridiculous stroke of genius that is Walk Hard.

On a whim, I threw this into the player the other day to give it another spin and found it to be just as good as the first time around.

Written by Judd Apatow & Jake Kasdan, this one stars John C. Reilly and a whole host of comedy greats (too numerous to mention here) dropping in for cameos to not only parody the life of Johnny Cash but other classic moments in modern music history too.

I could rattle off some of my favourite scenes but it’s really just one to sit down and enjoy without knowing too much about. As a bonus, you don’t really need to know your music history that well to get all the jokes as they’re silly enough to work without that inside knowledge.

If like me, you can’t get enough of John C. Reilly’s man-child bit, this is a must-see.walkhardpic11