"Now look at them yo-yo's that's the way you do it
You play the guitar on the MTV
That ain't workin' that's the way you do it
Money for nothin' and chicks for free"
Well - at least the money for nothin' part is applicable, if nothing else.
Short Attention Span Summary (SASS):
1. Will Ferrell plays Brennan Huff, a 39 year old unemployed man-child with arrested development who lives with his mommy (Mary Steenburgen)
2. John C. Reilly plays Dale Doback, a 40 year old unemployed only child with arrested development who lives with his daddy (Richard Jenkins)
3. Ferrell and O-Reilly make Owen Wilson and Matthew McConaughey look classy in similar slacker roles. (You, Me and Dupree , Drillbit Taylor , Failure to Launch )
4. The trouble begins when Brennan's mommy and Dale's daddy decide to get hitched, hence the title of the movie.
5. Extended period of hissy fits, pouting, potty humor, fart jokes, indecent language and bad behavior follows
6. Circumstances (and a restless audience) make it necessary for them to grow up in a hurry
7. Movie wraps up within minutes in total absurdity, the highlight being a lip-syncing performance of Andrea Bocelli's excellent "Con te partirò" (Time to Say Goodbye)
This was pretty much over for me in the early stages, as the "men will be boys" punch line wore thin very quickly. The writers opted to substitute crass humor and bad language for true comedy, and even though it has a few funny moments, many scenes are nothing short of cringe-worthy. This would have been better off as a SNL skit than a full length movie.