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2008-07-25 15:00:47

By Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune Jul. 25--" Step Brothers" is stupid, predictable and fairly funny, though even its bigger laughs--John C. Reilly clocking Will Ferrell with a cymbal in a nicely judged medium shot, for example--make you wonder if the whole arrested-adolescent streak in contemporary screen comedy may be running its course. Watch the red-band trailer for this picture, the one with the R-rated language intact, and you'll get a good idea of what's in store. Too good,...

2008-07-25 09:00:58

MORE IN DEMAND than crude oil these days are crude movies. Take "Step Brothers." It is a comedy about two 40-something guys who are still living with their respective parents until one's mother marries the other's father and they have to move in together. They don't like each other. They don't like the marriage. They flagrantly express their dislikes. Judd Apatow, the reigning guru of commercial movie comedies, is one of the producers, and everyone knows his not-very-secret formula for...

2008-07-25 09:00:57

By Michael Smith, Tulsa World, Okla. Jul. 25--Playing lunk-headed chauvinists such as Ron Burgundy and over-competitive doofuses such as Ricky Bobby, Will Ferrell has long succeeded in the comedy of male stupidity on film. Building on his "Saturday Night Live" persona, the star grooved with his audience and built up a degree of goodwill. His newest effort, "Step Brothers," is bad Will. "Anchorman" and "Talladega Nights" were funny movies that pushed the envelope of good taste and their...

2008-07-25 03:00:32

By Steven Rea, The Philadelphia Inquirer Jul. 25--Step Brothers begins with an epigram from our 43d president: "Families is where we find hope. -- George W. Bush." It's a line that got laughs and groans at the prerelease screening the other day, and the laughs and groans kept coming -- sometimes so fast, and outrageously, that it began to hurt -- as the latest happily imbecilic Will Ferrell comedy proceeded to its goofball finale. Directed and cowritten by Adam McKay, the Malvern-raised...

2008-07-25 03:00:32

By Mal Vincent, The Virginian-Pilot, Norfolk, Va. Jul. 25--MORE IN DEMAND than crude oil these days are crude movies. Take "Step Brothers." It is a comedy about two 40-something guys who are still living with their respective parents until one's mother marries the other's father and they have to move in together. They don't like each other. They don't like the marriage. They flagrantly express their dislikes. Judd Apatow, the reigning guru of commercial movie comedies, is one of...

2008-07-24 06:00:38

By Phil Villarreal, The Arizona Daily Star, Tucson Jul. 24--Compared to the pathetic protagonists in "Step Brothers," Steve Carell's 40-year-old virgin is a ladies' man and Matthew McConaughey in "Failure to Launch" is a go-getter. Brennan (Will Ferrell) and Dale (John C. Reilly), middle-agers who act like they're in middle school, are forced to bunk together because they're still living with their respective parents, who meet and marry. Funnier roomies haven't been spotted since...

2008-07-23 15:00:57

By Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune Jul. 23--Neil Simon's "Plaza Suite" is a comedy of marital despair. I swear it would never get written and produced today. Not with the Boomers in charge. In its day, of course, this 1968 play was a huge success, running on Broadway for years under Mike Nichols' direction, snagging the Tony Award for best play and spawning a much-loved 1971 movie starring Walter Matthau. It was mostly regarded as a shrewd situation comedy--one that owed much to the rise...

2008-07-18 00:00:24

Brie Larson has joined the cast of Showtime's new upcoming comedy series "United States of Tara." Created by Oscar winner Diablo Cody, "Tara" focuses on a wife and mother (Toni Collette), whose dissociative identity disorder makes things hilariously complicated for her family, including her husband (Wheeling native John Corbett). Larson, whose credits include "Sleepover,""Hoot" and the upcoming "Peck," will play the main character's rebellious daughter. According to The Hollywood...

2008-07-17 12:00:48

WHETHER you are three or 33, a mum or dad, a boy or girl, we nearly all have one. For grandparents it might be Snow White, for mums and dads it could be Lady and the Tramp or Basil the Great Mouse Detective, and for today's kids it is well, take your pick; Ratatouille, Toy Story, Cars. . . the list is endless. Everyone has their own favourite cartoon character. Walt Disney kicked it all off with Mickey Mouse back in 1928, following up with such cinematic blockbusters as Cinderella and...

2008-07-05 12:00:16

By ROBERT NOTT EL PASEO Divorce, Italian Style and Seduced and Abandoned, Sicilian social satires with sexual shenanigans, not rated, in Italian with subtitles, The Screen, 473-6494, 3.5 chiles A 40ish, married aristocrat runs cold for his overly cheerful spouse but hot for his cousin, who's still in high school -- one run by nuns, in fact. The man cannot legally divorce his wife due to an archaic law, so he concocts a plan to seduce the teen and murder his wife -- but only after he's...