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10 Movies like Step Brothers (2008)9 min read


Movies like Step Brothers (2008) are sometimes looked down upon by critics but they often prove to be very successful at the box office. This is because these movies typically have a strong following of people who enjoy them for their crude humor and outlandish plot lines.

Here are some others Movies like Step Brothers (2008) which you may enjoy.

1. Superbad (2007)

Superbad is a coming-of-age story about friendship and the awkward steps which help mold it. This movie features many hilarious scenes including one in which Michael Cera’s character sets up his own house party to impress a girl he has feelings for. The scene is embarrassing for Michael’s character but hilarious for the audience.

2. American Pie (1999)

American Pie features a group of friends who make a pact to lose their virginity by prom night. This movie is especially popular with teenage boys and it has four sequels that have been equally well received.

3. Better Off Ted (2009-2010)

Better Off Ted is a comedy television series that follows the exploits of an unethical and morally bankrupt scientific research company. This show has received strong reviews from critics and it has been praised for its ability to generate laughter with dialogue rather than sight gags.

4. The 40-Year-Old Virgin (2005)

The 40-Year-Old Virgin is a comedy about Andy Stitzer, played by Steve Carrell, who has reached the age of forty without ever having sexual relations. This movie humorously explores the emotional changes which occur for men at this point in life.

5. The Office (2005-2013)

This list is obviously going to be populated by comedies from the 2000s, and The Office is a good place to start. While it only ran for 9 seasons, the show was extremely influential in its mockumentary style, especially in terms of how it applied this technique to a workplace setting. In fact, if you put a microscope on the show, you would discover an unbelievable number of similarities with Step Brothers. Yes, we know; one is a sitcom and the other is a feature film. However, they both require an extremely dedicated (and absurdly patient) work ethic in order for their main characters to succeed.

Another similarity is that Dale seems like an old man trapped in a young man’s body, constantly complaining about the fact that he is being left out of everything happening around him. Likewise, Jim constantly complains that his job is just taking up all his time and that he isn’t happy with it. In both cases, they carry on like this until pressure from their superiors forces them to step out of their comfort zones and become a more productive member of society.

6. Zoolander (2001)

When it comes to Step Brothers, the title of “most ridiculous character” seems like a given. But had we stopped there, we wouldn’t have been doing this list justice. In truth, the characters of Derek and Hansel from Zoolander are just as ridiculous – arguably even more so – than Brennan and Dale. This is because their antics are intended to be serious, whereas the ones featured in Step Brothers are mostly humorous. On top of that, Derek and Hansel are constantly eating toothpaste, which might sound bizarre but has nothing on “scrimpin’ for change.”

If you’re still not convinced, consider the fact that both films feature a climactic dance sequence, with the Hansel and Derek one taking place in front of (what else?) the UN General Assembly. For some reason, they needed to clear all of the representatives out of the building for this sequence. Otherwise, it is basically identical to Step Brothers.

7. Harold and Maude (1971)

To be fair, Harold and Maude are not likely to make anyone laugh out loud; it’s much too dark for that. It is, however, guaranteed to force at least one good chuckle out of you through its sheer absurdity. After all, it does involve a young man who falls in love with an elderly woman and wants her to go on a date with him. This wouldn’t be so weird if they didn’t have such a large age gap between them, or if Maude wasn’t morbidly obsessed with death.

In both cases, the film’s antics are the result of its quirky characters doing their best to pursue happiness in spite of society’s conventions and limitations. Sometimes, this works out for them; other times it doesn’t. Yes, you might think that Step Brothers is exaggerating the idea that people who don’t belong together can find love with each other, but when it comes to Harold and Maude, we’re pretty sure that the film really did go there… literally.

8. The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)

Wes Anderson’s surrealistic comedies are like the polar opposite of Step Brothers. Most importantly, they take themselves very seriously; if you turn your brain off while watching one of his films, you might get hurt. Consequently, it would be impossible to compare them directly to Adam McKay’s comedy. However, if you delve deep into the cinematography and technical aspects of The Grand Budapest Hotel, you will find a lot of similarities with Step Brothers.

In fact, both films make use of slow-motion to highlight specific moments. In one sense this is very different from what happens in the other film because it’s used for a joke here and a dramatic effect there. In another sense, however, it is the same thing because slow motion is a way of emphasizing a significant moment in time for the characters of both films.

9. Nanny McPhee (2005)

During one scene in Step Brothers, Dale and Brennan have to escape from their home without being seen by their parents. To do so, they masquerade as a British nanny and seven children. Here’s the kicker: this is just one example of how Step Brothers are based on Nanny McPhee. The fact that it doesn’t have an equally ridiculous premise should not fool anyone into thinking that it’s original. Yes, you will be forgiven if you didn’t get this connection, but it’s impossible not to see the resemblance between the two films once it has been pointed out to you.

On top of that, Step Brothers have a lot in common with Nanny McPhee on the level of individual scenes. For instance, both feature awkward dinner scenes where people are trying to eat soup and bread and keep dry at the same time. The fact that these scenes are portrayed in very different ways does not make them any less similar in terms of their ultimate goal, which is to force laughs out of the audience.

10. Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)

In general, Step Brothers is a bit more lighthearted than Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb. However, they do have one key thing in common: they’re both comedies that were written by Stanley Kubrick. In fact, this similarity goes deeper than that because there are moments when Step Brothers look like an unofficial remake of Dr. Strangelove.

Ironically enough, the most significant resemblance between these two films comes during the scene where Brennan and Dale are trying to get rid of their dads’ influence on one another. Of course, this is much more overt in Step Brothers because it’s presented as a surreal dream sequence, whereas it’s implied in Dr. Strangelove. Still, if you squint hard enough, the fact that both sequences use personal growth as a punchline might make you think that they’re trying to help each other out.


It’s not too difficult to find movies like Step Brothers (2008) that share similar themes and plotlines with comedy. While this is one of the most popular films in past years, it has a lot in common with other fantastic comedies. Whether you’re looking for something more lighthearted or dramatic, there are plenty of options out there. It just takes some digging around on Netflix or at your local theater!

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