It’s been a full decade since Brennan Huff (Will Ferrell) and Dale Doback (John C. Reilly) became best friends, rolling up their absurd antics and step-brotherly love in a little ball and shoving it into our collective heart. In honor of the auspicious occasion (second only to the all-important Catalina Wine Mixer), you can snag your digital copy of Step Brothers for just $7.99, even the somehow extra explicit Unrated version (if you dare).
Step Brothers may have started as a side-splitting, sleepwalking, boat-crashing, good time of a movie, but it has grown into so much more. Join us as we look back at the cultural impact of cinema’s most beloved man-children.
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To say that Step Brothers was divisive when first released is a family-sized understatement. Roger Ebert was less than favorable in his review, pleading to know “what is going on here?” when faced with Ferrell, Reilly, and director Adam McKay’s relentless landslide of slapstick gags and filthy trash talk. But fans knew better, and the oddball comedy has grown into an endlessly quoted classic.
The sports world has developed a particular affection for Step Brothers; when the 2010 New Orleans Saints won the Super Bowl, the first thing out of anyone’s mouth was a Catalina Wine Mixer reference. The New York Yankees recreated an iconic scene from the movie for a 2016 promo, and celebrated an important trade with a Step Brothers gif the following year. Their fellow New Yorkers, the Giants, tried to get themselves fired up with a locker room showing of another classic clip, and while the message may have been confusing the humor was fully appreciated.
The Step Bro fan community has grown and flourished since 2008, with many fans taking their love of the movie far beyond casual quoting. John C. Reilly himself is admittedly shocked by the abundance (and placement) of Step Brothers tattoos. Joaquin Phoenix says it’s the movie he’s re-watched more than any other, and one dedicated fan even developed a popular theory linking Step Brothers to another Will Ferrell hit (hint: SANTAAAAAAA!!!).
Finally, and perhaps inevitably, there has emerged the ultimate homage the likes of which the world has never seen: the 100% real, authentic annual Catalina Wine Mixer. That’s right; Step Brothers super fans actually gather for a yearly beach party complete with cover band, wine tastings, helicopters, and a screening of the movie in Catalina. Just make sure not to request any pre-80s Billy Joel.
Add Step Brothers to you Vudu library today to honor 10 years of naked drumming, bunkbed collapses, and playground brawls, or check out the Step Brothers/The Other Guys Bundle or Buddy Comedy Pack for even more intense bromance.