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Will Arnett and Will Forte star as two hopelessly idiotic brothers in The Brothers Solomon, a ridiculously silly but harmless comedy from director Bob Odenkirk. For people who like movies such as Dumb & Dumber, The Brothers Solomon has enough going for it to be worth your while, though it is hardly a classic by any means.

John and Dean (Arnett and Forte, respectively) are two brothers who were raised and home schooled by their macho father (Lee Majors). As such, they lack many of the necessary social skills to interact with people, especially women. When their father falls terminally ill, the brothers decide that they need to fulfill his wish to become a grandfather, so they set out to get a woman pregnant. After several failed attempts at dating, they put out an ad for a surrogate mother, and the adventure begins.

The Brothers Solomon is a harmless little movie, which means that you'll gain nothing or lose nothing by watching it. It isn't a very good comedy, but it has enough moments to get by. The chemistry between the two leads are what make the film worth it; clearly inspired by Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels in Dumb & Dumber, Arnett and Forte play off each other's stupidity to achieve a proper balance of idiocy and likeability, even if both do things that would normally make you hate them. They seem to have had fun in their roles, and that energy translates to the screen.

Still, compared to the classic dumb comedies (many of them being Jim Carrey movies), The Brothers Solomon doesn't quite have enough to get by. It's moderately funny from beginning to end, but lacks the big, memorable scenes or jokes that resonate in your brain (though I do like the airplane advertisement they invest in at the end of the movie).

The Brothers Solomon isn't a great movie by any means, but it's a huge step up for Odenkirk from his last movie, Let's Go to Prison. While that may not say much, I, expecting very little of this film, found it to be relatively entertaining.

Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.

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