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Our Idiot Brother (2011)

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A comedy centered on an idealist who barges into the lives of his three sisters.

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Ned
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Sadie
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Terry
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Liz
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Ilene
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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 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 napierslogs

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Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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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Box Office

Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,011,631, 28 August 2011, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$24,814,830, 20 November 2011
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Trivia

In the case of Ned"s first arrest for selling marijuana in the first few scenes, since the policeman brought up the subject of buying, this Could have been considered entrapment and therefore not legally prosecutable. See more »

Goofs

When at the ice cream shop he asks for a sample of Acai Berry but Paul Rudd says something different. See more »

Quotes

Ned: [working with Billy in their new recycled candle shop] Anyway, what I was saying though, is that people recycle cans, they recycle papers, you know... why not, why not candles? I say, we put a bin out, let people bring their old drippings in their convenience.
Billy: It's like those, those bags, that say - I used to be a plastic bottle. We can have a bin that say - I used to be another candle!
Ned: That's a great idea. Yeah. And then when they bring those candles, we put them in another bin that say - I ...
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Crazy Credits

Bloopers and outtakes shown during the closing credits. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Conan: The Devil Drives Stick (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree
Written by L. Russell Brown & Irwin Levine
Performed by Eric D. Johnson
Courtesy of Sub Pop Records
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Lovely, intelligent film
28 November 2012 | by See all my reviews

Such a keeper, this one. Sweet, gentle and caring. It shows human hypocrisy in the same breath as human capacity for love and understanding. A really gentle film about a guy who has no discrimination in his heart. It's sweet. We all need to know people who see the good in others and have good intentions, it helps us tone down our own cynicism and propensity for shrewd, self-serving behaviour.

This film also criticizes and shows the best of the hippie movement all in one, and I love it for that. Intelligent, gentle and sweet.

Do watch it. Paul Rudd gives a really love performance... that guy really can do a much wider range than he lets on with his dedication to light comedy. Great show all 'round. Lovely film.


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