JCR Factor #3

The month of June brings you the third edition of the John C. Reilly Factor — Thomas J’s latest character study. To find more related material, visit the Features menu up top and search the sub-menu Actor Profiles.

Part of the fun of creating this feature is getting to prove the versatility of this particular performer. There’s a reason I went with JCR and today’s edition proves it. We leap from drama to comedy here. I hope you enjoy.

John C. Reilly as Dale Doback in Adam McKay’s Stepbrothers.

Role Type: Lead

Genre: Comedy

Character Profile: The dictionary definition of ‘man-child’ has a picture of Dale Doback beside it. Dale is in his forties and living at home with his father, refusing to accept growing up as a part of life. He’s immune to getting a job as well as a haircut or a girlfriend or anything resembling responsibility. His life is upturned when his man-child equal in Will Ferrell’s Brennan Huff moves into his home after both their parents marry.

If you lose JCR, the film loses: the comedic chemistry that gives the film a purpose. Will Ferrell is good but the film wouldn’t be as funny if he were paired with someone else. Stepbrothers isn’t a career highlight for a man who can move in and out of genres without effort, though it stands to reason John C. Reilly showed up on set and dedicated himself to Adam McKay and company, issuing forth a suitably ridiculous performance that champions the apathetic’s fantasy of floating through life aimlessly. Together, he and Ferrell make an adopted sibling duo that’s at once completely over-the-top and strangely realistic. When the going gets rough, the inane get going (at each other’s throats). McKay’s story is funny, sure, but it’s Reilly’s chemistry with Ferrell that makes Stepbrothers memorable at all.

That’s what he said: “Dad, we’re men. That means a few things. We like to shit with the door open; we talk about p*ssy; we go on riverboat gambling trips; we make our own beef jerky. That’s what we do, and now that is all wrecked!”

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11 thoughts on “JCR Factor #3

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  2. I am not a fan of Ferrell AT ALL, but I actually had a real good laugh with this movie. Reilly is great, as always, and he worked wonders with Ferrell. They managed to take this film from stupid ordinary to highly entertaining, and I don’t think it would have been the same if either of them had been replaced. I agree with what you said in the comments section, you can’t have one without the other for this film.

    • Exactly! I for one think Reilly is the kind of actor who just brings out the best in anyone he’s acting next to. Yes immensely talented. I might like Ferrell but I have to say he’s no match for JCR when he gets into comedy mode. Dude is just hilarious!

  3. This is one movie I reeeeeeeeally need to see. Now I feel even more out of the loop! I never watched it cos… I dunno, I guess back then I was a bit of a film snob!! 😛

    • Oh come on man!! 😉 No time for film snobbery when Reilly is playing a 40-year-old man-child with saggy man-boobs. 😉

      But no, in all honesty the film isn’t much different than the likes of other Adam McKay fluff. It is funny but not particularly memorable save for this character.

    • Cheers Vinnie, thanks for the support my man. I’ll be on by to your site here in a bit, by the way. I know my absence is pretty bad recently. Fucking full-time jobs and all haha!

    • Aren’t they, though? I have gone back and forth between who’s funnier here; Reilly or Ferrell. But in all honesty it comes down to the simple fact that you can’t have one without the other. A classic comedic duo for sure. Thanks for the support Mark. I love doing these posts.

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