Absolutely hilarious- one of the funniest movies of the 21st century
The laughs are layered in and it gets funnier with every rewatch — it was probably the fifth time I saw it before I started just randomly telling friends and strangers alike that “these empanadas are starting to sweat”
It doesn’t have all of Adam McKay’s marks of authorship (as we’d see later in The Big Short, Vice) but we start with a ludicrous quote like all of his films—and it’s about comically selfish and absurd characters.
I like some of the twinning in the mise-en-scene like the wide shot during the titles and the overhead reoccurring shot of them talking in bed (not to mention the mirroring of the ridiculous T-shirt’s, perms, etc).
McKay’s (this is after Anchorman, Talladega Nights) third pairing with Will Ferrell – they obviously feed off each other with the writing and the atmosphere of improvisation and second pairing of Ferrell with John C. Reilly. But it’s not just a two-man act. Reliable dramatic veterans like Mary Steenburgen and Richard Jenkins are great — as are standout comic performances by Kathryn Hahn and Adam Scott