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Our Idiot Brother (2011)

R  |   |  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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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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Release Date:

26 August 2011 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

My Idiot Brother  »

Box Office


$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


$24,809,547 (USA) (11 November 2011)

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Did You Know?


Rashida Jones and Paul Rudd previously played a couple in I Love You, Man (2009). Here she plays Ned's sister's girlfriend. See more »


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


Ned: I like to think that if you put your trust out there; if you really give people the benefit of the doubt, see their best intentions, people will rise to the occasion.
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Crazy Credits

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


Featured in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #19.200 (2011) See more »

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This movie is solid entertainment.
28 August 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

What a wonderful movie. Paul Rudd is terrific. He is truly the star. His performance is outstanding. The idiot is not Paul's character, Ned. He is a good-natured person who is willing to give everyone the benefit of the doubt. Rather, the idiots are his three pretentious sisters who treat Ned like a child, misinterpreting his honesty for immaturity. Ned maintains his integrity, which is in sharp contrast to the phoniness that he encounters in others. Misunderstandings occur as Ned forces his sisters to confront their own lies. Ned is perceived as the family problem when in fact he is the solution, except no one knows it, at first. Several scenes are amusing as Ned's good nature and candid outlook produces some awkward situations. This movie succeeds because it tells a story, does so with humor, and keeps the audience engaged.

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