While promoting his new film Ralph Breaks the Internet, John C. Reilly (Dale/Dragon) was asked which of his films he would like to make a sequel to. Of course it’s Step Brothers, because he knew thats what the audience wanted to hear. But should it be? His exact words were “I mean, it requires the cooperation of a few other people, but I would love to do another one of those.”
Step Brothers is an iconic film. Instantly recognizable and hilariously quotable. Let’s not water it down with a cash grab remake that taints these perfectly crafted characters and gags. It’s so hard to resist this temptation because our thirst for nostalgia (and money) is never ending. Reilly and Ferrell have such great on screen chemistry together they could appear on an episode of The 700 Club and make it charming and entertaining. Their efforts would be best spent collaborating on something new, something fresh! Not rehashing old material.
We should have learned our lessons by now. When a great comedy film like this comes along and captures so many fans, we instinctively always want more. We are always wrong.
The Hangover II
Son of the Mask (YIKES)
Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo
Dumb & Dumberer
and the grand daddy of them all, the one we should have always think of when it comes to trying to recreate classics and recapture the magic, Caddyshack II.
Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn managed to dance around this problem. They could have just made a sequel to Wedding Crashers, but instead teamed up and kept a similar dynamic but with a different spin for The Internship. It’s not the best movie you’ll ever watch, but it’s farrrrrr from the worst and sits well above most of those sequels mentioned above.
I don’t think there will ever be a Step Brothers 2. I can only hope after Anchorman 2, Ferrell now gets it. Also with the success they’ve had working together with Talladega Nights then Step Brothers they’ve shown they’re flexible and creative enough to keep making new fresh hits that become cult classics.