New York Times - 09/07/2007
"The spirit of Steve Martin's early hit-or-miss slapstick oddities lives on in THE BROTHERS SOLOMON..."
SNL's Will Forte co-writes and stars in this raucous comedy alongside ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT's Will Arnett. Dean and John Solomon are very close. In fact, they are so close that they live together in a baby-blue apartment, even as adults. Having been home-schooled in the Arctic, the brothers have grown to depend on each other completely, and have been robbed of learning many basic social skills. The men are clueless in the department of romance, and when they discover their beloved father (Lee Majors) is on his deathbed, they suddenly feel the pressure to procreate before he's gone. Determined to make their father proud, they set out to woo a woman into having their baby, hardly grasping the many obstacles that are sure to come their way.
Arnett and Forte seem at ease playing overgrown boys who never grew up. Both comedians sport toothy grins and exaggerated frowns as they navigate the tricky world of dating and the even more difficult dilemma of trying to find a woman to impregnate. Luckily, one woman, Janine (SNL's Kristin Wiig in an oddly straight role), agrees to do it if they pay her. But the more she observes of the brothers' immaturity, the more she must be convinced they are capable of raising a child. This is the third feature film directed by multi-talented comedian Bob Odenkirk (of MR. SHOW fame). While his first film, MELVIN GOES TO DINNER, was a stark social drama, his more recent LET'S GO TO PRISON had much in common with this quirky comedy. Combined with the over-the-top acting styles of his two stars (and fellow Odenkirk fave Chi McBride as Janine's tough teddybear boyfriend), Odenkirk's offbeat sensibility produces a film packed with awkwardly humorous moments.
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