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Step Brothers (15)

PUBLISHED: 17:23 29 August 2008 | UPDATED: 13:21 24 August 2010

Will Ferrell (left) and John C. Reilly star in Columbia Pictures' comedy STEP BROTHERS.

Will Ferrell (left) and John C. Reilly star in Columbia Pictures' comedy STEP BROTHERS.

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Step Brothers (15) www.sonypictures.co.uk/movies/stepbrothers Having reached the top of the comedy tree with Anchorman in 2004, Will Ferrell has just about managed to stay there with the good will the film engendered. A trio of ensuing movies (Ta

Step Brothers (15)

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Having reached the top of the comedy tree with Anchorman in 2004, Will Ferrell has just about managed to stay there with the good will the film engendered.

A trio of ensuing movies (Talladega Nights, Blades of Glory and Semi-Pro) failed to reach the heights and left many questioning whether the golden touch had left Ferrell.

If Step Brothers is anything to go by then his fingerprints are gathering a shiny, prized bullion look to them once more.

Ferrell plays Brennan Huff, a jobless 39-year-old manchild who still lives at home with his mother Nancy (Mary Steenburgen), sulks and drinks juice with a straw.

His idyllic lifestyle is thrown upside down when his mother falls in love with and marries Dr Robert Doback (Richard Jenkins) forcing the pair to move into the same house as Dr Doback and his equally feckless and childish 40-year-old son Dale (John C. Reilly).

Forced into sharing a room, the two step brothers continually clash and quarrel resulting in tears and spankings as the pair refuse to grow up.

With Step Brothers, Ferrell and long time collaborator Adam McKay take a jump into uncharted territory with stronger language and more mature themes than before.

Far from ruining the film, it actually appears to help it as you get the impression both leads are off the leash and really enjoying themselves.

In Ferrell and Reilly's hands the situation, which is a tad unbelievable, turns into comedy gold and we are hit with laugh after laugh.

The initial competition that comes out as the two families move in is hilarious and perfectly acted with emotions coming out that are recognisable from our own youth.

That uncomfortable first meeting, not wanting to get out of the car, asking to be excused from the table - all standard stuff, however coming from a 39-year-old man, it is just very, very funny.

Where others would be unable to pull off the manchild, these two really make you believe that they are over excitable 10-year-olds running through the house building forts.

Some things don't work - a bit where one of them is forced to lick something disgusting feels like it's there for shock more than anything else.

But just forget this, sit back and enjoy a barrage of laughs as two grown men regress to spoilt children bickering over who touched who's drumset (and with what part of their body).

Hilarious.

alex.wellman@archant.co.uk

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