Although it’s no unheralded classic, “Step Brothers” is the kind of entertaining, undemanding comedy you can throw on when you have nothing better to do. Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly are the driving force of the laughs here, with a thin screenplay that has little connection to reality that nevertheless provides plenty of opportunities for both hilarious performers to improvise at will, and they work extremely well together. They’re surrounded by a seasoned cast of veterans like Mary Steenburgen and Richard Jenkins, who provide some gravitas to the lightweight material, and while the plot is so threadbare that the movie often feels like a highlights reel of Ferrell and Reilly. The finished product is a reasonably fun, occasionally laugh-out-loud comedy that doesn’t ask much of its audience but provides reasonably solid entertainment for the duration of its running time.
Rating: ★★★ (out of 5)