Step Brothers

<I>By Susan King, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer</I><br>
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The relationship between siblings and even step-siblings has intrigued writers for centuries. Imagine  “ <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PEFCC000025" title="Cinderella (fictional character)" href="/topic/entertainment/movies/cinderella-%28fictional-character%29-PEFCC000025.topic">Cinderella</a>”  without those evil stepsisters, or <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PECLB000271" title="Jane Austen" href="/topic/arts-culture/literature/jane-austen-PECLB000271.topic">Jane Austen</a>’s “Pride and Prejudice” without the five diverse Bennett sisters. Mario Puzo explored the explosive link between Mafia siblings in “The Godfather” and <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PEHST002121" title="Tennessee Williams" href="/topic/arts-culture/tennessee-williams-PEHST002121.topic">Tennessee Williams</a> offered examinations of the complex dynamics between siblings in his landmark plays “The Glass Menagerie” and “A Streetcar Named Desire.”<br>
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 And, of course, the connection between brothers and sisters has been an important plot catalyst in both film and television, including the new ribald comedy “ <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="ENMV000106" title="Step Brothers (movie)" href="/topic/entertainment/movies/step-brothers-%28movie%29-ENMV000106.topic">Step Brothers</a>.” <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PECLB001666" title="Will Ferrell" href="/topic/entertainment/will-ferrell-PECLB001666.topic">Will Ferrell</a> and John C. Reilly play perennial Peter Pan slackers who become stepbrothers — and are even forced to share a room — when their parents marry.<br>
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Here’s a look at several sibling-themed movies and TV series:
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By Susan King, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer

The relationship between siblings and even step-siblings has intrigued writers for centuries. Imagine “ Cinderella” without those evil stepsisters, or Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice” without the five diverse Bennett sisters. Mario Puzo explored the explosive link between Mafia siblings in “The Godfather” and Tennessee Williams offered examinations of the complex dynamics between siblings in his landmark plays “The Glass Menagerie” and “A Streetcar Named Desire.”

And, of course, the connection between brothers and sisters has been an important plot catalyst in both film and television, including the new ribald comedy “ Step BrothersWill Ferrell and John C. Reilly play perennial Peter Pan slackers who become stepbrothers — and are even forced to share a room — when their parents marry.

Here’s a look at several sibling-themed movies and TV series:

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