Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly – it’s safe to say this is not a film of my humour. Apparently one of the top 100 films according to my new bucket film list poster, so I thought I’d give it a watch. I don’t think I’ll be watching it again. Sorry.
When Brennan’s mother marries Dale’s father, the family join together. A happily newly married couple and their forty-year-old sons who never moved out. Rivalry kicks up straight away as they declare hatred as the men fight and argue over having to live together. Their war comes to an end with a mutual hatred of another, but will that be enough to save a family who’s been through a lot? I have to admit, I completely understand their mutual hatred, as I had the same feeling straight away.
The humour is classic Will Ferrell, rude and stupid. The whole film was just so stupid, there were escalations to the max, that were so unrelatable and crazy it was just bonkers. I guess this is obviously on purpose, but I just don’t seem to get it. Don’t get me wrong, I did laugh at some points, but other parts which were supposed to be funny, I was more baffled by the weirdness and randomness. The new step brothers ironically behave as young children, as that is what they are symbolising however have grown up but not in maturity. The whole irony is definitely a common thread of comedy in the film as the men act like you’ve not seen before. They strop and fight, sleepwalk and demand everything.
The characters are played well obviously, it’s Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly. I just didn’t love the concept of the film and couldn’t find the humour. But then again, many declare the film hilarious. I disagree. Maybe give it a watch if the stupid rude comedy if what you enjoy, because it hits the nail on the head with that category!