The Brothers Solomon (1 star)

The Brothers Solomon

(15) 92min


Comedians Will Forte and Will Arnet dumb down their already dumb strain of Saturday Night Live humour to exhausting effect in this lowbrow comedy. When their father (Lee Majors) lapses into a coma, the understandably single Solomon brothers (Forte and Arnet) decide they should provide their dear dad with the comfort of knowing that the Solomon family line shall continue. Once they’ve overcome their giggles about the idea of getting a girl pregnant, the imbecilic duo find themselves pitched into a series of skits based around the brothers’ retarded attitudes to – among other things – surrogate motherhood and infant mortality.

Written by Forte, The Brothers Solomon aims for the belly laughs of The Farrellys’ Dumb and Dumber, but constant lapses into sentiment and black humour and regular blasts of John Parr’s theme from St Elmo’s Fire on the soundtrack, ensure this is laugh-free all the way. Nor is there much to enjoy about a cameo from one-time Six Million Dollar Man Lee Majors, who is rolled in and out of proceedings on a stretcher. Majors is only 68, which hardly explains his enviably comatose state throughout 90 of the 91 long minutes of Bob Odenkirk’s shrill and annoying comedy.

Out now on general release.

Brothers Solomon

  • 1 star
  • 2007
  • US
  • 1h 33min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Bob Odenkirk
  • Cast: Will Arnett, Lee Majors, Will Forte

A shrill and exhausting comedy that aims for the belly laughs of 'Dumb and Dumber' but falls well short. When Ed Solomon lapses inexplicably into a coma, his imbecilic sons decide they must provide him with the comfort of knowing his family line will continue. The humour then focuses around the duo's backward attitudes…

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