Saturday, July 26, 2008

"Step Brothers" Review

Brandie & I went to see Step Brothers, starring Will Farrell & John C. Reilly, on Friday. We thought it looked really funny; not funny funny but stupid funny. A movie that looked light-hearted, something to break the seriousness of the week & ease us into a relaxing weekend. We weren't expecting much but we thought it might be fun. We got our first surprise while were waiting in line for a bottle of water. I looked at the ticket & realized this was movie was rated "R." We were both surprised by this; we thought this film might be a little crude but rated "R," what were we in for?

So, we went in expecting a bit of profanity. Well, it surpasses "a bit" within the first 10 min. Crude language was used considerably in each scene, not to mention the dreaded "F" word being used as if the writers left their thesaurus at home & just used it when they couldn't think of a better adjective. As if that wasn't enough, there is a scene during the first 1/3 of the movie that I will not describe due to the graphic & disgusting nature of it. Just suffice it to say that there is no excuse for such filth in main stream movies. Humor-wise, it did have funny bits but it was beyond stupid & choppy & annoying in parts. All in all, I would say I'm pretty embarrassed to say I actually watched this.

So, would I recommend this film? Absolutely not. I think Brandie enjoyed it more than I did but I still thought it was quite a horrible waste of time & money. Having said that, as always, I did enjoy hanging out with my great friend, Brandie.

I think I'm going to start attempting to give these reviews a grade. "A" being a great movie; "B" being that it was definitely worthwhile; "C" being good but I probably wouldn't watch it again; "D" being I didn't enjoy it that much, it's pretty much a waste of time; "F" being terrible, hated it, one of the worst movies I've seen in a while. So I give this movie an .......... "F."


Discussion Questions from Christianity Today (if you actually go against this advice & decide to waste your time & money.):

1. The film's central theme is that of immaturity versus maturity, of the need to grow up and put childish things aside. Do you think that, by the end of the film, Brennan and Dale achieve this? Why or why not?

2. The ways in which Brennan and Dale are immature are obvious, but are there any regards in which Robert or Nancy need to grow up? Do you think they are good parents? Why or why not?

3. How does this movie treat divorce? Adultery? Does it have any positive messages about family? About forgiveness?

1 comment:

Brandie said...

I agree - there was way too much language and they went too far in several scenes. Not to sound snobbish but I think that shows lack of creativity which is disapointing because these are creative people.

Definately a boy movie (my 22 year old brother LOVED it). I did giggle and downright laughed several times - I'm sure my brother and I will exchange lines back and forth but for the most part I was disappointed.

You have to be in a very silly mood with low expectations.

Had fun with Kristy thought :)