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The Brothers Solomon
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Jan 2, 2008 By: Jason Adams
The Brothers Solomon order
Director:
Bob Odenkirk

Actors:
Will Arnett
Will Forte
Kristen Wiig

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Two socially retarded brothers try to get a woman pregnant in order to give their dying father a grandchild.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
THE BROTHERS SOLOMON left my funny bone mucho confused. Seeing Will Arnett act like a clueless ass gave me pleasant flashbacks to his role as Gob in the brilliant Arrested Development and honestly made me laugh more than once. But on the flipside, the movie was all-around awful and confirms that Arnett is still the funniest man on Earth who makes absolutely terrible career choices (aside from RATATOUILLE). .

Thereís 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 good reason for being so disconnected from rational human behavior (they were raised in the arctic), but it doesnít make their bizarre behavior any more tolerable or their ensuing creepiness all that funny.

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 featuresÖor heís just not made for behind-the-camera work. (His last directorial outing with Arnett was the equally bad LETíS GO TO PRISON.) There are a few clever bits and absurd gags that seem to fit in to Mr. Showís brand of wacky comedy, but youíd 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 heís definitely not ready for primetime just yet.
THE EXTRAS
Commentary by Will Arnett and Will Forte: I laughed harder at the first minute of this commentary than I did during the movie itself. I donít think either of the two take one second of this track seriously, which was nice.

Deleted Scenes (15:48): The extended Baby Training montage was actually funny. (ďLetís do this!Ē)

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.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
Iím still waiting for Will Arnett to find the right cinematic vehicle to show the world his comedic talent, because this movie is definitely not it. But if you must watch THE BROTHERS SOLOMON, I suggest doing so with the Arnett/ Forte commentary. Youíll enjoy it much, much more than the film by itself.

Extra Tidbit: In the video store, thereís a poster for RV, which also featured Will Arnett.
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