Filmed only a matter of years apart, “Step Brothers” (2008) actually gives a little nod to “Talladega Nights” (2006) in one of the movie’s most beloved scenes, as pointed out by a sharp-eyed Reddit user.
During the insanely stupid show-and-tell of night vision goggles and discovering that they could be best friends, Brennan (Ferrell) reveals an essential bit of kit in the form of a samurai sword signed by Randy Jackson. While the focus is on Dale’s confusion as to why this even exists, a bit of nearby paraphernalia in the man-children’s room gives a subtle nod to the real-life pair’s former NASCAR-fueled film in the form of a sign for Hugalo’s Pizza. This is, in fact, the same company that Ferrell’s character in “Talladega Nights” ends up working for after he loses his spot in the NASCAR racing world.
It’s a Pixar-like blink-or-you’ll-miss-it moment for Ferrell and Reilly fans, and a great nod to the other great comedy the pair were perfect in. If this was a subliminal message intended to make us want to watch two Ferrell films back-to-back, well, it works like an absolute treat.