Step Brothers (2008)

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  • IMDb page: Step Brothers (2008)
  • Rate: 6.7/10 total 86,394 votes 
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Date: 25 July 2008 (USA)
  • Runtime: 98 min | 106 min (unrated version)
  • Filming Location: 1987 Midwick Dr, Altadena, California, USA
  • Budget: $65,000,000(estimated)
  • Gross: $100,468,793(USA)(21 September 2008)
  • Director: Adam McKay
  • Stars: Will Ferrell, John C. Reilly and Mary Steenburgen
  • Original Music By: Jon Brion   
  • Soundtrack: You're on My Mind
  • Sound Mix: SDDS | DTS | Dolby Digital
  • Plot Keyword: Love | Slacker | Friendship | Sleepwalking | Tuxedo

Writing Credits By:

  • Will Ferrell (screenplay) &
  • Adam McKay (screenplay)
  • Will Ferrell (story) &
  • Adam McKay (story) &
  • John C. Reilly (story)

Known Trivia

  • Shipped to some theaters under the name “The Insane Team”.
  • The fake testicles that Will Ferrell used were worth around $20,000 and presented to him as a wrap present.
  • Playground bully Chris Gardocki is named after an NFL punter who played for the Chicago Bears, Indianapolis Colts, Cleveland Browns, and Pittsburgh Steelers.
  • Mary Steenburgen played Will Ferrell’s step mother in the Christmas film Elf. In this film Mary plays Will’s actual mother.
  • Director Adam McKay states on the commentary that they originally went to the island of Catalina for location searches and discovered that he did not really like the island. They instead shot on the coast and during several shots, the island of Catalina can be seen. McKay chose not to have it digitally edited out as a joke.
  • Will Ferrell does his own singing and John C. Reilly does his own drumming.
  • At one point, Will Ferrell’s character disguises himself as a Nazi to scare away possible buyers of their house. In the remake of The Producers, he played a fugitive Nazi.
  • The name of the high school which Brennan performs during the talent show and gets made fun of by Derek is “Great Valley High School” which is the name of the actual high school director Adam McKay attended.
  • The drum set that band Uptown Girl uses at the party is the same drum set that belongs to Dale.
  • Brennan says he smoked pot with Johnny Hopkins and Sloan Kettering. There is a Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York which is also mentioned in the lyrics to the opening song “A-Punk” by the New York band Vampire Weekend. And although it’s not exactly called “Johnny,” the famous Johns Hopkins hospital is in Baltimore.

Goofs: Factual errors: When Derek gets his golf club at the Prestige Worldwide premier, he say's he got a Callaway 3-wood, but in reality, he got a driver, which is a much larger golf club.

Plot: Two aimless middle-aged losers still living at home are forced against their will to become roommates when their parents get married. Full summary »  »

Story: Brennan Huff and Dale Doback are both about 40 when Brennan's mom and Dale's dad marry. The sons still live with the parents so they must now share a room. Initial antipathy threatens the household's peace and the parents' relationship. Dad lays down the law: both slackers have a week to find a job. Out of the job search and their love of music comes a pact that leads to friendship but more domestic disarray compounded by the boys' sleepwalking. Hovering nearby are Brennan's successful brother and his lonely wife: the brother wants to help sell his step-father's house, the wife wants Dale's attention, and the newlyweds want to retire and sail the seven seas. Can harmony come from the discord?Written by <>  


Synopsis: Brennan Huff (Ferrell) is a sporadically employed thirty-nine-year-old loser who lives with his mother, Nancy (Mary Steenburgen). Dale Doback (Reilly) is a terminally unemployed forty-year-old who lives with his father, Robert (Richard Jenkins). When Robert and Nancy get married and move in together, Brennan and Dale are forced to live with each other as step brothers. They immediately don’t like each other. Dale warns Brennan not to touch his drum set or else (Brennan feels tempted to do this). Soon after, Brennan finally plays on Dale’s drum set and leaves the room before he can return. Dale enters the room and notices a chip on one of his drumsticks and confronts Brennan about it. Brennan denies this and a fight breaks out between the two after Brennan vows and makes good on his promise to "rub my nutsack on your drumset". The fight ends as Dale and Brennan strike each other at the same time with a bat and a golf club. The parents declare that the irresponsible men should find jobs or else they’re out of the house. Later on, Brennan’s very successful but mean brother Derek (Adam Scott) comes to visit with his family. As Brennan and Dale hide in Dale’s tree house, Derek comes to mock Brennan and Dale. Angered by Derek, Dale punches Derek in the face. Brennan is in awe that Dale did something to Derek that he always wanted to do. After this occurred, Derek’s long-suffering wife Alice (Kathryn Hahn) finds it arousing that Dale punched Derek, becoming infatuated with him. Both men eventually realize that they have a lot in common, and become best friends.

They take job interviews at which they perform quite poorly. Walking home, Brennan and Dale decide to start their own company called "Prestige Worldwide" and encounter kids that beat up Dale on a regular basis. The kids beat up Dale and Brennan and force them to lick dog feces. At home, the parents reveal that Derek is selling the house. Dale and Brennan sabotage Derek’s plans by dressing as bad neighbors (a Klansman and a nazi respectively) and pretending Brennan had died in front of the buyers. Soon they create a music video to promote their singing talents being shot on Robert’s boat and show it to the parents, Derek, and others at Derek’s birthday party. The video reveals that the boat was crashed into rocks and Robert punishes them.

During Christmas time, the boys sleepwalk and attack Robert after he wakes them up. Angered by this, Robert forces himself to divorce Nancy and put all the blame on them. Dale and Brennan blame each other for the divorce and go back to hating each other. They go their separate ways as they both get apartments. Brennan starts working for Derek and Dale becomes a caterer. At a sales party for helicopters, the Catalina Wine Mixer (arranged by Brennan), the family meets again just as the band quits due to a heckler. Robert realizes that the boys are miserable and tells them to be themselves again and go for their dream. Brennan and Dale go on stage as Prestige Worldwide and with Brennan’s singing, the parents and Derek have a change of character. Robert and Nancy fall in love again and Derek regains the love for his brother. Since this, Dale and Brennan have become a successful karaoke duo. Robert and Nancy get married again and move back into the house with a new tree house made from the destroyed boat just for Dale and Brennan.

During the end credits Brennan and Dale arrive in a helicopter and exact their revenge on the kids by beating them up.

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Produced By:

  • Judd Apatow known as producer
  • Joshua Church known as co-producer (as Josh Church)
  • Jessica Elbaum known as associate producer
  • Andrew Epstein known as associate producer
  • Will Ferrell known as executive producer
  • David B. Householter known as executive producer (as David Householter)
  • Adam McKay known as executive producer
  • Jimmy Miller known as producer

FullCast & Crew:

  • Will Ferrell known as Brennan Huff
  • John C. Reilly known as Dale Doback
  • Mary Steenburgen known as Nancy Huff
  • Richard Jenkins known as Dr. Robert Doback
  • Adam Scott known as Derek
  • Kathryn Hahn known as Alice
  • Andrea Savage known as Denise
  • Lurie Poston known as Tommy
  • Elizabeth Yozamp known as Tiffany
  • Logan Manus known as Chris Gardoki
  • Travis T. Flory known as Redheaded Kid (as Travis Flory)
  • Lili Rose McKay known as 7-Year-Old Girl (as Lili McKay)
  • Shira Piven known as Nurse
  • Seth Morris known as Doctor
  • Wayne Federman known as Blind Man
  • Maria Quiban known as TV Anchor
  • Danielle Schneider known as Receptionist
  • Gillian Vigman known as Pam Gringe
  • Brian Huskey known as Interviewer
  • Adam McKay known as Man without Glasses
  • Seth Rogen known as Sporting Goods Manager
  • Chris Henchy known as First Homebuyer
  • Mary Catherine Hamelin known as First Homebuyer
  • Ian Roberts known as Male Therapist
  • Erica Vittina Phillips known as Second Homebuyer
  • Phil LaMarr known as Second Homebuyer
  • Rob Riggle known as Randy
  • Jason Davis known as TJ
  • Paula Killen known as Rental Agent
  • Ken Jeong known as Employment Agent
  • Horatio Sanz known as Lead Singer
  • Kyle Felts known as Wine Mixer Heckler
  • Jake Szymanski known as Caterer
  • Matt Walsh known as Drunk Corporate Guy
  • Dmitri Schuyler-Linch known as 6-Year-Old Derek
  • Bryce Hurless known as 9-Year-Old Brennan
  • Brent White known as Therapy Patient
  • Steve Silverie known as Donnie Huff
  • Don Abernathy known as Upscale Businessman (uncredited)
  • Erin Affourtit known as Online Store Clerk (uncredited)
  • Jeffrey Ashkin known as Catalina Wine Mixer Guest (uncredited)
  • Pete Brown known as Helicopter Pilot (uncredited)
  • Troy Butcher known as Football Player (uncredited)
  • Jeremy Clark known as Derek's Football Buddy (uncredited)
  • John D. Crawford known as Bekins Mover (uncredited)
  • Krystal Ellsworth known as Featured Dancer (uncredited)
  • Charlie Gelbart known as Helicopter Girl (uncredited)
  • Tommy Gerrits known as Boy in Park (uncredited)
  • Larry Goldstein known as Maitre D' (uncredited)
  • Carol Ilku known as Shop Owner (uncredited)
  • Amanda Lee Jacoby known as Student Back in the 80's (uncredited)
  • Christopher Karl Johnson known as Wedding Guest / Dancer (uncredited)
  • Breaunna Lake known as Student (uncredited)
  • Michelle Lenhardt known as Upscale Shopper (uncredited)
  • Tara Macken known as High School Gymnast (uncredited)
  • Kate Ociepka known as Girl in Playground (uncredited)
  • Debbie Prokop known as Wine Mixer Guest / Dancer (uncredited)
  • Jarrod Robbins known as Bartender (uncredited)
  • Erinn Selkis known as Helicopter Girl (uncredited)
  • Laimarie Serrano known as TJ's Wife (uncredited)
  • Micah Sudduth known as Mangina Chior Boy (uncredited)

..{tab=Supporting Department}Makeup Department:

  • Simone Almekias-Siegl known as key makeup artist
  • Steve Artmont known as makeup department head
  • Nanci Cascio known as key hair stylist (as Nanci L. Cascio)
  • Bridget Cook known as hair department head
  • Toby Lamm known as additional make-up
  • J.D. Bowers known as prosthetics lab technician: W.M. Creations Inc. (uncredited)
  • J.D. Bowers known as prosthetics sculptor: W.M. Creations Inc. (uncredited)
  • Adam Brandy known as additional makeup artist (uncredited)
  • Matthew W. Mungle known as prosthetic supplier (uncredited)
  • Tina Sims known as assistant hair stylist (uncredited)
  • Clinton Wayne known as special makeup effects artist (uncredited)

Art Department:

  • David Becerra known as art department coordinator
  • Margaret Campbell known as assistant art director
  • Glenn Forbes known as assistant property master
  • Carmine Goglia known as stand-by painter
  • Lee J. Jashinsky known as painter
  • Scott Maginnis known as property master
  • Brook Mansbridge known as construction foreman
  • Mark Sakamoto known as leadman
  • Bill Taliaferro known as set designer
  • James E. Tocci known as set designer
  • Charles Vassar known as set designer (as Charlie Vassar)
  • Butch West known as construction coordinator
  • Andrew Campbell known as graphic designer (uncredited)
  • Eric Coon known as carpenter (uncredited)
  • Robert Danté Denne known as paint supervisor (uncredited)
  • Adam Deyoe known as art assistant (uncredited)
  • Marc L. Fusco known as art department coordinator (uncredited)
  • Erick Garibay known as assistant props (uncredited)
  • Tommy Gutman known as assistant props (uncredited)
  • Phillip A. Henry known as gang boss (uncredited)
  • John Herbert known as painter (uncredited)
  • Alex Hill known as illustrator (uncredited)
  • Alex Hill known as storyboard artist (uncredited)
  • Steven Curtis Husch known as set decoration buyer (uncredited)
  • Monique Landry known as on-set dresser (uncredited)
  • Kurt Miller known as carpenter foreman (uncredited)
  • Lanie Mimikakis known as props (uncredited)
  • Steven O'Bannon known as labor foreman (uncredited)
  • Brieann Rich known as construction medic (uncredited)
  • Jack White known as food stylist (uncredited)
  • Eric Yamamoto known as art department assistant (uncredited)


Production Companies:

  • Columbia Pictures (presents)
  • Relativity Media (in association with)
  • Apatow Productions
  • Mosaic Media Group
  • Gary Sanchez Productions

Other Companies:

  • Central Casting  extras casting
  • Chapman/Leonard Studio Equipment  camera dollies
  • Chapman/Leonard Studio Equipment  hydrascope telescoping crane arm
  • Chapman/Leonard Studio Equipment  stabilized remote camera systems
  • Direct Tools & Fasteners  expendables
  • Executive Assurance  security
  • Film Art  artwork
  • Filmtools  expendables
  • Gala Catering  catering
  • Movie Movers  hair and make-up trailers
  • Movie Movers  production trailers
  • Movie Movers  star trailers
  • On Tour Productions  grip and lighting equipment
  • Panavision  cameras and lenses
  • Paramount Transportation Services  transportation services
  • Performing Animal Troupe  animals provided by
  • Picture Mill, The  titles
  • Reel Team, The  loop group
  • Sony Pictures Stock Footage  stock footage
  • Sony Pictures Studios  sound post-production
  • Star Waggons  cast trailers
  • Technicolor Digital Intermediates  digital intermediate


  • Columbia Pictures (2008) (USA) (theatrical)
  • Sony Pictures Releasing (2008) (UK) (theatrical)
  • Buena Vista Sony Pictures Releasing (BVSPR) (2008) (Russia) (theatrical)
  • B and H Films (2008) (Ukraine) (theatrical)
  • Sena (2008) (Iceland) (theatrical)
  • Sony Pictures Releasing (2008) (Germany) (theatrical)
  • Sony Pictures Releasing (2008) (Singapore) (theatrical)
  • Forum (2008) (Latvia) (theatrical)
  • AcmeFilm (2008) (Lithuania) (theatrical)
  • Sony Pictures Releasing Canada (2008) (Canada) (theatrical)
  • Sony Pictures Releasing (2008) (France) (theatrical)
  • Sony Pictures Releasing (2008) (Sweden) (theatrical)
  • Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures (2008) (Switzerland) (theatrical)
  • LK-TEL (2009) (Argentina) (DVD)
  • RTL Entertainment (2011) (Netherlands) (TV) (RTL7)
  • Sony Pictures Entertainment (2009) (Japan) (DVD)
  • Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (2009) (Greece) (DVD)
  • Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (2009) (Netherlands) (DVD)
  • Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (2008) (USA) (DVD)
  • Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (2008) (USA) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • Sony Pictures Releasing (2009) (Argentina) (all media)
  • Universal Pictures Finland Oy (2009) (Finland) (DVD)
  • fX Network (2010) (USA) (TV)

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Special Effects:

  • Zoic Studios (visual effects)

Visual Effects by:

  • Akemi Abe known as main titles
  • Jon Anastasiades known as digital compositor
  • Raoul Bolognini known as visual effects producer: Zoic Studios (as Raoul Yorke Bolognini)
  • Greg Groenekamp known as compositor: Zoic Studios
  • Diana Hinek known as compositor: Zoic Studios
  • Deke Kincaid known as compositor: Zoic Studios
  • Jason Monroe known as cg modeller: Zoic Studios
  • Nathan Overstrom known as compositor: Zoic Studios (as Nate Overstrom)
  • Rocco Passionino known as visual effects supervisor: Zoic Studios
  • Bethany Pederson Onstad known as compositor: Zoic Studios (as Bethany Pederson)
  • Nik Slotiuk known as cg artist
  • Philip Williams known as visual effects coordinator: Zoic Studios
  • Roy Yang known as digital compositor (as Jianru Yang)
  • Zachariah Zaubi known as compositor: Zoic Studios (as Zach Zabui)
  • Dave Isaac Santos Abuel known as digital compositor (uncredited)
  • Riley Benard known as digital compositor: Zoic Studios B.C. (uncredited)
  • Kristen Branan known as head of production: Zoic Studios (uncredited)
  • Mike Diltz known as digital compositor (uncredited)
  • Ben Funk known as digital compositor (uncredited)
  • Nick Hsieh known as compositor: Zoic Studios (uncredited)
  • Patrick Mooney known as visual effects producer: Zoic Studios Vancouver (uncredited )
  • Patrick Mooney known as visual effects producer: Zoic Studios (uncredited)
  • Nicholas Onstad known as digital artist (uncredited)
  • Mark Robben known as digital compositor (uncredited)
  • Sean Tompkins known as visual effects coordinator (uncredited)
  • Caleb Wagner known as visual effects (uncredited)

Release Date:

  • Canada 25 July 2008
  • USA 25 July 2008
  • Aruba 27 August 2008
  • Barbados 27 August 2008
  • Guyana 27 August 2008
  • Jamaica 27 August 2008
  • Netherlands Antilles 27 August 2008
  • Ireland 29 August 2008
  • UK 29 August 2008
  • Russia 4 September 2008
  • Ukraine 4 September 2008
  • Iceland 5 September 2008
  • Germany 11 September 2008
  • Singapore 11 September 2008
  • Estonia 12 September 2008
  • Venezuela 12 September 2008
  • Philippines 17 September 2008 (limited)
  • Australia 18 September 2008
  • Latvia 19 September 2008
  • Lithuania 19 September 2008
  • Portugal 25 September 2008
  • Mexico 26 September 2008
  • Panama 26 September 2008
  • Belgium 1 October 2008
  • Sweden 3 October 2008
  • Norway 10 October 2008
  • Israel 14 October 2008
  • Peru 16 October 2008
  • Brazil 24 October 2008
  • Italy 24 October 2008
  • Turkey 24 October 2008
  • Austria 31 October 2008
  • Spain 31 October 2008
  • France 19 November 2008
  • Denmark 21 November 2008
  • Japan 28 January 2009 (DVD premiere)
  • Netherlands 3 February 2009 (DVD premiere)
  • Hungary 5 February 2009 (DVD premiere)
  • Argentina 3 March 2009 (DVD premiere)
  • Finland 11 March 2009 (DVD premiere)
  • Switzerland 13 August 2010 (Locarno Film Festival)

MPAA: Rated R for crude and sexual content, and pervasive language


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