Release year: 2008
Director: Adam McKay
Screenwriter: Adam McKay, WIll Ferrell, John C. Reilly
Starring: Will Ferrell, John C. Reilly, Mary Steenburgen, Richard Jenkins, Adam Scott, Kathryn Hahn, Rob Riggle, Andrea Savage
When Nancy (Mary Steenburgen) meets Robert (Richard Jenkins) it seems meant to be. Because when she reluctantly tells him she still has her middle aged son Brennan (Will Ferrell) living at home, Robert confesses he is in the same situation as his middle aged son Dale (John C. Reilly) still lives with him. The two happily marry and move in together, but Dale and Brennan have no interest in becoming brothers. Their parents hope they will adjust and become friends, but as you know, you should really be careful what you wish for!
There are movies about man-children and movies about adult children refusing to move out of the comfort of their parents’ homes, but McKay (The Other Guys, 2010) cleverly mixes the two and then doubles them up and play them out against each other. The result is a hilarious comedy and a perfect vehicle for the two brilliant comedians Ferrell (Blades of Glory, 2007) and Reilly (Guardians of the Galaxy, 2014). Both play their part so convincingly that you almost forget they are adults and accept them as moody teenagers, making you forgive their mayhem even though you never stop feeling sorry for their parents. It also helps that Adam Scott (The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, 2013) plays Brennan’s succesful brother Derek so annoyingly and obnoxiously that when he clashes with Brennan and Dale it is easy to find sympathy for them. Ferrell and Reilly almost burst with chemistry when they share scenes just between the two of them and I can only imagine there has been a lot of improvisation going on as they both appear to be enjoying themselves tremendously. Jenkins (Say It Isn’t So, 2001) and Steenburgen (The Proposal, 2009) suit each other and both hold themselves well against the two scene stealing leads, whereas Derek’s neglected wife Alice is played by an amazing Kathryn Hahn (A Lot Like Love, 2005) who actually almost manages to steal the show with her awkward attempts at seducing Dale. With this and Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby (2006), Ferrell and Reilly look like something of a dream team that I hope to see together on screen again soon.
The fake testicles used in the movie cost about $20.000 to make and were gift wrapped and given to Will Ferrell afterwards.
Picture copyright: Sony Pictures