The guys who brought us Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby and Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy have teamed up once again for Step Brothers – the result of a brainstorming session between Will Ferrell, John C. Riley and director Adam McKay.

Brennan Huff (Ferrell) is a sensitive, periodically employed 39-year-old who lives with his mother, Nancy (Mary Steenburgen). Dale Doback (Riley) is a 40-year-old idea guy with no real work experience (he manages a fantasy baseball team) who lives with his father, Robert (Richard Jenkins). When Nancy and Robert get married, Brennan and Dale are forced to co-exist in the same house. Dale takes on the role of older, bullying brother but both react to most situations as adolescent boys. However, their immaturity and neediness threatens to break the newly formed family apart.

Ferrell and Riley are in top form. Their chemistry on-screen and ability to feed off of each other’s energy results in constant and consistent hilarity – even when they’re annoying, they’re funny. That said, watching two grown men act like spoiled children can be grating at times. Not surprisingly, Ferrell once again displays his singing abilities (among other things).

The parents are an integral part of the story’s humour and Jenkins and Steenburgen are irreplaceable; Jenkins is great as the exasperated father and Steenburgen can draw laughter simply by cursing. Adam Scott plays Brennan’s younger, more successful brother Derek. He is arrogant and never passes an opportunity to torment Brennan; Scott is perfectly smug in the role. His wife, Alice (Kathryn Hahn), is frustrated and ready to break-free of her oppressor, which manifests as comic, manic advances on another man. Together, their family destroys Guns ‘N’ Roses’ “Sweet Child o’ Mine.”

Although the characters are in similar situations, they are inherently different, which results in their initial dislike of each other as well as their eventual camaraderie. It also ensures audiences will not bore watching mirror reactions.

It would be simple to compose a list of all the hilarious scenes or dialogue; similarly, it would be easy to compile a list of the annoying bits. Luckily, the former would far outweigh the latter, which is mostly thanks to a very entertaining cast.

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