The Brothers Solomon
Directed by: Bob Odenkirk
Written by: Will Forte
Produced by: Matt Berenson, Tom Werner
Running time: 1h 33min
Kristen Wiig as: Janine
Other cast: Will Arnett, Will Forte, Jenna Fischer
Destined to be perpetually single, the Solomon brothers’ moronic, klutzy attempts at meeting new women (such as popping the question on a first date in a crowded restaurant) always blow up in their face. Then, one day, they receive the distressing news that their father is on his deathbed – and to complicate matters, he indicates that his dying wish involves having a grandchild. John and Dean are happy to oblige – but where in the world will they find a mother for this infant? Suddenly, the bachelors’ romantic desperation doubles, and each brother embarks on a nutty, madcap quest to find the girl of his dreams and the mother of his future children.
John Solomon: I literally can not wait to feel myself inside you!
Janine: Woah! The only thing you’re going to feel yourself inside of is a cold Dixie cup.
Dean Solomon: Well that certainly doesn’t make your vagina sound very appealing.
In addition to writing The Brothers Solomon, Will Forte plays Dean Solomon, the younger of the two brothers. “I definitely had myself in mind to play the role of Dean,” says Forte. As for the role of John, Forte says he had a specific idea of what kind of actor would play the character, but he had no idea who Will Arnett was when he first wrote the script. “When I met Will years later, it just hit me like a ton of bricks that he is who I had been envisioning the whole time!” It was Arnett’s wife, “Saturday Night Live” cast member Amy Poehler, who first introduced the two Wills. “Will Forte told me he was working on this script and that he was thinking about me for one of the characters and I said I would read it,” remembers Arnett. “I thought it was brilliant, hilarious and kind of oddly poignant, so I signed on.”
To portray Janine, the world-weary woman who agrees to carry the baby Solomon, the filmmakers tapped another “Saturday Night Live” cast member: Kristen Wiig. “Kristen is the funniest woman I’ve ever worked with,” declares Odenkirk. “She astounded me on this movie with her presence, her likeability and her ability to keep up with the Wills.” Wiig says the script was one of the funniest she had ever read. “These two wacky brothers are best friends and they have a pretty impossible task to achieve and my character decides to help them do it,” she says. “It’s a heartwarming story, besides being hilarious. Will wrote these characters with such compassion. You just want to protect them and you can’t believe that they haven’t been hit by a car yet!”