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Ned lived a happy life growing organic vegetables on a farm with his hippie girlfriend and his dog named Willie Nelson, but an unadvised incident with marijuana at a farmer's market lands him in jail. When he gets out of jail, he is off to live with his sisters. While Ned is still happy, his sisters are much less so after his honest, but unworldly manner contributes to revelations which manage to expose infidelity in one marriage, potentially illegal actions in one job opportunity, dishonesty in one budding relationship and morally unpleasant behaviour in one domestic partnership. He sees those problems as breakdowns in communication, but his sisters see him as an idiot. The truth the audience witness is that ultimately, Ned is a catalyst for good around him without consciously setting out to do so. The denouement of the film sees balance restored with a positive outcome for all in the family. Written by
'OUR IDIOT BROTHER': Four and a Half Stars (Out of Five)
This sweet hearted indie comedy doesn't have a bad bone in it's body. It's the type of film that can really inspire people to want to do good just by relating to their most simple good sided human nature. Paul Rudd stars in the film, in his most likable role to date as well as one of the most lovable comical heroes to come along in a while. The film was directed by Jesse Peretz, who also directed the Zach Braff/Jason Bateman 2007 dark comedy film 'THE EX'. (This film is definitely a change in tone from that one). The story was conceived by Jesse and his sister Evgenia and the screenplay was written by Evgenia and her husband David Schisgall. They wrote the film with their buddy Rudd in mind for the lead. Frequent Rudd co-stars Elizabeth Banks and Rashida Jones co-star in the film as well as Zooey Deschanel, Emily Mortimer, Steve Coogan, Adam Scott, T.J. Miller and many other familiar faces. The film was one of the quickest productions in film history but it's not any less impressive due to it's hastiness. Things just came together really well the filmmakers say and it shows on screen.
Rudd plays Ned who as the film opens is living with his girlfriend Janet (Kathryn Hahn) on a biodynamic farm selling produce at the local farmers' market and weed on the side. One day he's busted for selling cannabis to a uniformed police officer after he's tricked in to feeling sorry for him. After spending 8 months in prison he returns home to find Janet living with another man (Miller). She tells him to leave cold heartedly and even refuses to let him have his dog 'Willie Nelson'. Ned first turns to his mother for a place to stay but then quickly becomes a burden to his three sisters as well (Banks, Deschanel and Mortimer). Each has their own personal problems which Ned delves himself in to. His naive trustingness of everyone and overwhelming honesty get him in to more trouble and causes problems with his entire family as well.
Paul Rudd is at his most likable and his performance really makes the movie. The supporting cast is all good as well but it's Rudd that really makes the material work. The script is pretty clever and heartfelt to begin with and Peretz directs it well but the filmmakers really knew what they were doing when they modeled it after Rudd. There's something really inspiring and emotional about a character like Ned, almost in the same way as a 'Forrest Gump' or 'Rain Man' but I don't think Ned is mentally challenged in anyway. He's seen as an idiot by others (including his own family) but that's just because he's so trusting and loving of others. Ned's whole theory on life is that if you're always open and trusting of others, and truly put them to that test, they'll usually come through. That's a really optimistic and positive way of going through life and some would say foolish but I disagree. Of course many would see it as a weakness and try to take advantage of a person like that but in the end I think it's still worth it (by all the good you do). I could really relate to the Ned character; I tend to be really trusting and open with others and also sometimes overly honest. He ends up getting in a lot of trouble (by pissing his family and friends off) through sharing things people say about each other in private (and behind the others' back). This is something I can really relate to. There's a nickname for this I've heard and like called 'diarrhea of the mouth'. I've tried to improve my weakness in this area and am not quite as clueless about it as Ned but I think sometimes this too can be as much a benefit as harm. If you're really open and honest sometimes you end up sharing things about others they don't want shared as well but it can often be a good thing whether they realize it at first or not. I'm sure many audience members will miss the point of the movie and still see Ned as an idiot because of the seemingly clueless havoc he causes but he does so much more good than harm despite his flaws and I think he's a true inspiration to us all. Everyone should be like Ned.
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