Over the last decade, the 2008 Will Ferrell/John C. Reilly team-up Step Brothers ascended to the modern comedy pantheon with all the grace of a 40-year-old man flattening a hastily-built bunk bed. So reuniting these two as Sherlock Holmes and John Watson sounds fuckin' brilliant, right? Wellll, the writer/director this time isn't Adam McKay (he decided to make Vice instead), but Etan Cohen. "Oh shit!" you say. "One of the Coen brothers!" No. Cohen's only other directorial credit is the prison "comedy" Get Hard, and his writing credits include Men in Black 3 and Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa. But he also wrote Idiocracy and Tropic Thunder. So basically this is the Christmas movie equivalent of picking the big box in a white elephant exchange. It might be the best present on the table. It might be cleverly wrapped desk leftovers. Good luck! Not screened for Portland critics.
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