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Our Idiot Brother
Written by Sandra Fitzpatrick   
Wednesday, 14 September 2011 12:21

Our Idiot BrotherThere’s nothing idiotic about Our Idiot Brother, the thoughtful and sweet new comedy starring one of my favorite funnymen, Paul Rudd. Much like Rudd’s own trademark charm, this straight-forward little gem is appealing to almost any audience -  a nice refreshing ending to a summer full of big, brash comedies you wouldn’t take your Granny to.

Rudd plays Ned, a sweet organic farmer whose naivety and trust in other people always seems to leave him with the, umm… “organically fertilized” end of the stick. After doing time in prison for selling weed to a uniformed police officer, Ned comes home to find his hippy girlfriend has shacked up with another dude and kicked him off the farm. He’s not that broken up about the job or the girl, but his heart is broken when she won’t let him have his dog, Willie Nelson.

Paul Rudd, adorable as usual.What’s a guy to do? Lucky for Ned he’s got three sisters to lean on. They’re happy to keep pawning him off on each other so as not to upset the balance of their supposedly perfect lives. They don’t realize that his honesty and faith in people is exactly what they all need to set their lives straight.

Our Idiot Brother boasts a really strong cast, especially the talented Elizabeth Banks who plays Ned’s sister Miranda. She’s a bachelorette whose headstrong ways and career-mindedness have closed her off from any close relationships. Emily Mortimer is Liz, the sister who seems to Family dysfunction.have the perfect upper-class life, but is blind to the fact her husband is a cheating jackass (Steve Coogan). Then there’s Zooey Deschanel as Natalie, the sexually charged free spirit who can’t seem to be faithful no matter how hard she tries. No big leap here for Zooey, since she plays her usual doe-eyed self. But hey, it seems to be working for her.

There are no really big surprises here, but the movie has a nice even pace and there are lots of laughs throughout. Think of it as a refreshing breeze of autumn air - an enjoyable way to spend a couple of hours.


Directed by Jesse Peretz, Starring Paul Rudd, Elizabeth Banks, Emily Mortimer.

The character of Ned was written with Paul Rudd in mind.

Elizabeth Banks will star as Effie Trinket in the much anticipated film adaptation of The Hunger Games.