Is Step Brothers critic-proof? Just about. While it's fairly unlikely that it will enjoy the same kind of record-shattering, blockbusting success Step Brothers is enjoying, it's fair to say that a significant section of the population is likely to escape the heat with this big, dumb, outlandish summer comedy, largely because of the movie's biggest star: Will Ferrell, arguably the reigning king of big, dumb, outlandish summer comedies. And, of course, there will also be a good chunk of people who avoid it at all costs, choosing instead to enjoy a second or third screening of WALLE or the Batman movie, and for largely the same reason: Will Ferrell.
In other words, it's more or less what you'd expect, and, if you've seen the teaser trailers or the goofy movie posters, you know what all the critical pieces are already: Ferrell. His TalledegaNights co-star John C. Reilly. Producer Judd Apatow (Knocked Up, Superbad). Director Adam McKay (Anchorman). And the plot: two middle-aged men—still living at home—who are forced to live together when their single parents get married to one another. That's pretty much all you need to know to figure out which of the two camps you fall into. And one more: it's rated R.
If you like Apatow's brand of bawdy comedies, Ferrell's inspired silliness (particularly when paired with his perfect on-screen foil, Reilly), and humor that's raw and R-rated, then Step Brothers might be the most riotously funny flick this side of Knocked Up or Wedding Crashers. It's an edgy and unhinged piece of big-screen absurdity that's shocking and surprising, filled with all the Apatow and/or Ferrell hallmarks—stoner humor, ridiculous antics, non-stop vulgarity, and, of course, a bit of male nudity. ...1