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Sony Pictures has finally released a ridiculous red band trailer for the upcoming comedy Step Brothers. The film stars Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly as two maladjusted grown men who are forced to co-exist when their single parents (Mary Steenburgen and Richard Jenkins) get married. And although there is some initial tension — that leads to live burials and musical instrument violence — the eventually learn that they might be destined to become best friends. Now the only problem is that they may also have to grow up.
Now, while you may be thinking that this is just another formulaic Will Ferrell comedy, I can tell you that it is much more than that. I would like to bring in, as evidence, my Step Brothers script review from January. The film was penned by the combination of Adam McKay and Will Ferrell, the two brains behind FunnyOrDie.com, as well as such hits as Talladega Nights and Anchorman. In fact, Step Brothers marks Adam McKay’s return to the director’s chair, where he has not sat since Talladega Nights. So if we can put the lackluster performance of Semi-Pro out of our minds for a second and see this film as the next big thing from the guys who brought us Anchorman, I think we will all be able to be excited, to some extent.
Personally I am excited, as the script was a blast to read. It was written perfectly for the two actors in the lead and should deliver some ridiculous on-screen shenanigans. Many of the gags are relatively obvious and contrived, but that doesn’t mean they can’t be funny, right. It is exactly that brand of over-the-top silliness that made Anchorman such a classic. Then again, that is just my opinion on the matter.
Step Brothers hits theaters on July 25, 2008. The red band trailer can be seen in HD over on iTunes.
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