There’s a giant difference between characters who are lovably slow and those who are annoyingly braindead. DUMB AND DUMBER is a great example of the former, with characters you could still get behind despite their believability; THE BROTHERS SOLOMON fits the latter bill. The titular duo may have a
Aside from Arnett, this movie is still a huge waste of talent for everyone involved. Mr. Show is proof that Bob Odenkirk is capable of bringing the funny, but the man has terrible luck when it comes to features…or he’s just not made for behind-the-camera work. (His last directorial outing with Arnett was the equally bad LET’S GO TO PRISON.) There are a few clever bits and absurd gags that seem to fit in to Mr. Show’s brand of wacky comedy, but you’d never know Odenkirk had anything to do with this aside from the credits. The same goes for Kristen Wiig, who showed so much promise in KNOCKED UP, but is given both jack and squat to do in a nearly humorless role. They even manage to waste the unfairly adorable Jenna Fischer in a quick cameo.
I hate playing the blame game for an obviously collaborative failure, but I think the main culprit here is Will Forte, who co-stars and scripts. Forte might be worth a laugh or two on Saturday Night Live, but the shoddily crafted writing on display here is strong evidence that he’s definitely not ready for primetime just yet.
Deleted Scenes (15:48): The extended Baby Training montage was actually funny. (“Let’s do this!”)
The Making of THE BROTHERS SOLOMON (16:26): From the looks of it, what went on behind the camera was a lot more amusing than what happened in front of it.
The Fine Art of Creating a Specimen (2:44): Arnett and Forte speak candidly about their experiences playing the skin flute. Wiig is also there looking grossed out and bored.
Extra Tidbit: In the video store, there’s a poster for RV, which also featured Will Arnett.