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Our Idiot Brother (2011)

 -  Comedy | Drama  -  26 August 2011 (USA)
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A comedy centered on an idealist who barges into the lives of his three sisters.

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Storyline

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 he manages to screw up one marriage, one job opportunity, one budding relationship and one domestic partnership. He sees those problems as breakdowns in communication, but his sisters see him as an idiot. Written by napierslogs

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Comedy | Drama

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Rated R for sexual content including nudity, and for language throughout | See all certifications »

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26 August 2011 (USA)  »

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My Idiot Brother  »

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Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$7,011,631 (USA) (26 August 2011)

Gross:

$24,809,547 (USA) (11 November 2011)
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Ned introduces River, Dylan's (Steve Coogan's) son to the movie The Pink Panther (1963), starring Peter Sellers. Steve Coogan has been likened to the late Peter Sellers for his versatile character portrayals, range of voices and gift for mimicry. See more »

Quotes

Jeremy: [Referring to Ned not being able to go through with a 3-way with a man and a woman] Just because you're straight doesn't mean you're homophobic.
Ned: [Feeling ashamed of himself] I don't know, maybe I should have tried harder.
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Referenced in Conan: The Devil Drives Stick (2011) See more »

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A sweet comedy about family and life.
11 September 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This movie IS a comedy. There are many types of comedy and you don't have to laugh out loud the whole time for it to be a comedy. The movie is funny, charming, and very cute.

It really isn't about Ned's philosophy of expecting the best of others and seeing the good in them because even thought some people don't, and it can hurt you, more people do and everyone is better for it. It's about family dynamics, life choices, and learning to accept your own actions.

By accepting responsibility for your own actions you are able to free yourself to be more accepting of other people despite their flaws. Because we all have flaws.

Ned is less of a protagonist and more of a catalyst for change in his sisters' lives. The only reason I don't give this movie a 9 star rating is because the ending is a little on the weak side. They could have stopped the movie a few minutes earlier and it would have been stronger.


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