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  The Brothers Solomon

Starring: Will Forte, Will Arnett, Chi McBride, Malin Akerman, Kristin Wiig

Directed by: Bob Odenkirk

Produced by: Tom Werner, Matt Berenson

Written by: Will Forte

Distributor: Sony Pictures Releasing


     How unfortunate that The Brothers Solomon, an affable comedy about two brothers trying to make a baby (not together, of course) despite the fact that they are totally unprepared to be parents, has been released on the same day that the story of a Cincinnati woman killing her infant by leaving it in a hot car has broken. I don’t mean to make light of such a serious issue by comparing it to such a silly film; in fact, I believe that it is disgraceful that the woman isn’t going to be prosecuted for her evil doing. However, it should be noted that the viewer’s knowledge of the occurrence makes The Brothers Solomon seem far less humorous than it likely would’ve been a week ago. During a scene in which stars Will Forte and Will Arnett each prepare for fatherhood by catching baby-dolls as the other drops them from stories above, the whole experience has an eerie quality about it. What might’ve come across as amusing when The Brothers Solomon was being filmed now just serves as a reminder of all the idiotic, unfit parents that exist in the world.


     That all being said, The Brothers Solomon wouldn’t be a comedy worth writing home about even if it didn’t bear the aforementioned, strange topicality. A great many passages in the film remain unaffected by the recent events and nonetheless prove only intermittently funny. For Forte and Arnett, The Brothers Solomon represents only a mild (albeit raunchier) step-up from their regular shtick seen every weekend on “Saturday Night Live”. Much like recent episodes of that program, the movie was clearly made with pleasant intentions, but never achieves a memorable level of laugh-out-loud hilarity. In three or four months, The Brothers Solomon will make for a perfectly acceptable rental. Until then, moviegoers’ time is better spent watching more-inspired material.


-Danny Baldwin, Bucket Reviews

Review Published on: 9.7.2007

Screened on: 9.10.2007 at the Krikorian Vista Village Metroplex 15 in Vista, CA.


The Brothers Solomon is rated R and runs 93 minutes.

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