Late in the afternoon of April 27, Washington County cops were dispatched to a tree-lined Mahtomedi block, just steps from Long Lake. They were responding to a possible "physical domestic between two adult males," according to the police report.
All the violence inside that mid-century rambler, however, was isolated to the TV screen: "Upon arrival determined male and his daughter were watching the movie Step Brothers very loud," the report concludes.
Police advised the 35-year-old dad to turn down the volume or shut the windows. No charges were filed.
We salute this noisy suburban family's cinematic taste; Step Brothers, the 2008 Adam McKay film starring Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly, freaking rules. An absurdist endurance test of man-child stupidity, the endlessly quotable movie has aged into an exalted classic among comedy nerds. The warring antics of titular step bros Brennan Huff and Dale Doback even bring Oscar-winning French actress Marion Cotillard to tears.
Click here to read The Ringer's 2018 oral history of Step Brothers, "the most fun movie to make ever made."