The Brothers Solomon (R)

Comedy 91 September 7, 2007
By Chuck Wilson
There is nothing sadder, in real life or on the movie screen, as an unlikable idiot, and what we have with this dreadful comedy — the longest 90 minutes of the film year — is the sight of not one but two charm-free fools. Saturday Night Live vet Will Forte wrote the screenplay and stars with Will Arnett (Arrested Development). They’re John and Dean Solomon, two geeks who were raised in Antarctica by their father (Lee Majors, wasted, believe it or not) and now want to give him the grandchild for which he longs. Since they cluelessly insult every woman they meet, the brothers are forced to hire a surrogate, Janine (SNL’s Kristen Wiig), to bear their child. Forte and director Bob Odenkirk (of the late HBO sketch comedy Mr. Show) clearly intend for John and Dean to come across as sheltered innocents who are transformed into caring adults by approaching fatherhood, but it’s just not that endearing watching them repeatedly toss their practice doll down a stairwell or hearing Dean declare to Janine, "By the time you pop that thing out of your baby hole, we’ll be ready."
Bob Odenkirk Kristen Wiig, Will Forte, Will Arnett, Chi McBride, Malin Akerman, Jenna Fischer, Stephanie Courtney, Chandler Hill, Jesse Warren, Anna Becker Will Forte Tom Werner, Matt Berenson Sony Screen Gems