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Our Idiot Brother -- A pot bust sends nice-guy Ned (Rudd) to jail, and though he's released early on good behavior, he returns home to discover that his girlfriend has left and taken his dog with her. Homeless and unemployed, his divides his time by couch-surfing at the homes of his three sisters (Banks, Deschanel, and Mortimer) -- and causing chaos in each of their lives.
Our Idiot Brother -- A pot bust sends nice-guy Ned (Rudd) to jail, and though he's released early on good behavior, he returns home to discover that his girlfriend has left and taken his dog with her. Homeless and unemployed, his divides his time by couch-surfing at the homes of his three sisters (Banks, Deschanel, and Mortimer) -- and causing chaos in each of their lives.


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Paul Rudd ... Ned
Nick Sullivan ... Customer
Francesca Papalia ... Sadie

Bob Stephenson ... Officer Washburn

Elizabeth Banks ... Miranda

Peter Hermann ... Terry

Adam Scott ... Jeremy

Kelly Briter ... Girl with Jeremy

Rashida Jones ... Cindy

Zooey Deschanel ... Natalie

Emily Mortimer ... Liz

Steve Coogan ... Dylan

Kathryn Hahn ... Janet

T.J. Miller ... Billy

Shirley Knight ... Ilene

Matthew Mindler ... River

Sterling K. Brown ... Omar (as Sterling Brown)

Hugh Dancy ... Christian
Kayla Squiteri ... Echo
Summer Squiteri ... Echo
Lydia Haug ... Tatiana
Gina Artese ... Ballerina

Silvestre Rasuk ... Conflicted Kid on Train
Andrew Secunda ... Curious Man on Train

Janet Montgomery ... Lady Arabella

Wrenn Schmidt ... Beth
Kathy Fitzgerald ... Velma
Adi Hanash ... Paramedic
Nikki E. Walker ... Female Cop

Marceline Hugot ... Judy
Camille Bright ... Destiny's House Girl #1
Teja Frank ... Destiny's House Girl #2

Alexia Rasmussen ... Chloe

Lucas Near-Verbrugghe ... Max

Polly Draper ... Ellen
Neal Lerner ... Darren

James Biberi ... Guard

Katie Aselton ... Amy
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Vanessa Dunn ... Ballerina (uncredited)

Victoria Gates ... Ballerina (uncredited)

Sean Grady ... Ballet Dancer (uncredited)

Larry Gregory ... Guest at Bris (uncredited)

Ben Levin ... House Manager (uncredited)

Danielle McKee ... Inmate's Wife (uncredited)
Thomas Mintz ... Djembe Player (uncredited)

Mark J. Parker ... Comedy Club Patron (uncredited)

Desira Pesta ... Natalie's Roommate (uncredited)

Mark Steiger ... Writer at Cafe (uncredited)

Christopher Evan Welch ... Robbie (uncredited)

Julie White ... Lorraine (uncredited)
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Directed by
Jesse Peretz 
Writing credits
Jesse Peretz (story) &
Evgenia Peretz (story) &
David Schisgall (story)

Evgenia Peretz (screenplay) &
David Schisgall (screenplay)

Produced by
Stefanie Azpiazu .... executive producer
Anthony Bregman .... producer
John Hodges .... executive producer
Caroline Jaczko .... executive producer
Aleen Keshishian .... executive producer
Jesse Peretz .... executive producer
Peter Saraf .... producer
Marc Turtletaub .... producer
Original Music by
Eric D. Johnson 
Nathan Larson 
Cinematography by
Yaron Orbach (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Jacob Craycroft 
Andrew Mondshein 
Casting by
Jeanne McCarthy 
Production Design by
Inbal Weinberg 
Art Direction by
Michael Ahern 
Set Decoration by
Susan Perlman 
Costume Design by
Christopher Peterson 
Makeup Department
Ma Kalaadevi Ananda .... makeup department head (as Marilyn Carbone)
Qodi Armstrong .... key hair stylist
Nick London .... key makeup artist
Vanessa Heshima Sims .... hair stylist
Natasha Ladek .... wig maker: Paul Rudd (uncredited)
Production Management
Howard Gertler .... post-production supervisor
Fran Giblin .... assistant production manager
Caroline Jaczko .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Mariela Comitini .... first assistant director
Kara Doherty .... second assistant director
Thomas Fatone .... additional first assistant director (as Tom Fatone)
Brad Robinson .... second second assistant director
Art Department
Sarah Bricker .... assistant property master
Peter Bundrick .... key carpenter
Glen Fjotland .... key construction grip
Glenn Gatti .... on-set dresser
Richard Hebrank .... construction coordinator
Tara Kelly .... additional assistant property master
Joe Kupillas .... carpenter
Laura Lerner .... scenic artist
Michele Mayas .... camera scenic
Deborah Prate Panuccio .... leadman
Bob Provenzano .... leadman (as Robert Provenzano)
Maia Rose .... set dresser
Carl Sacco Jr. .... set dresser
Courtney Schmidt .... property master
Nicholas Tzorzis .... set dresser
Derek Wang .... art department coordinator
Isaac Gabaeff .... set dresser (uncredited)
Sound Department
Joshua Anderson .... production sound mixer
Michael Barry .... sound re-recording mixer
Laurel Bridges .... boom operator
Benjamin Cheah .... sound re-recording mixer (as Ben Cheah)
Benjamin Cheah .... supervising sound editor (as Ben Cheah)
Patrick Cicero .... foley supervisor
Ryan Collison .... foley mixer
Brian Gallagher .... adr mixer
Eric Hirsch .... sound re-recording mixer
Bobby Johanson .... adr mixer
Jay Peck .... foley artist
Reilly Steele .... adr mixer
Gregg Swiatlowski .... supervising dialogue editor
Paul Yurt .... video engineer
Alexa Zimmerman .... sound effects editor
John D'Aquino .... production sound mixer (uncredited)
Christopher Friel .... second boom operator (uncredited)
Frank Intorcia .... sound utility (uncredited)
Thomas W. Jordan .... boom operator: reshoots (uncredited)
Michael Miller .... adr mixer (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Glenn Allen .... visual effects producer: Brainstorm Digital
Matt Anderson .... visual effects coordinator: Brainstorm Digital
Matthew Conner .... lead compositor: Brainstorm Digital (as Matthew Connor)
J. John Corbett .... visual effects supervisor: Brainstorm DigitL
Brendan Firzgerald .... systems engineer: Brainstorm Digital
Richard Friedlander .... visual effects producer: Brainstorm Digital
Markus Janner .... digital recording: Deluxe New York
Chris MacKenzie .... smoke artist: Deluxe New York
Jonathan Podwil .... additional visual effects artist: Brainstorm Digital
Gary Curasi .... stunt player
Brian Smyj .... stunt coordinator
Stephanie Stokes .... stunt player (as Stephanie Smyl)
Gene Harrison .... additional stunt coordinator (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Abraham Altbuch .... best boy grip
Manuel Billeter .... camera operator: "b" camera
Neil Bleifeld .... video playback operator
Russell Bouchelle .... electrician
Vincent Camuto .... video playback operator
Anne Carson .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Oliver Cary .... camera operator: "a" camera
Ashley Connor .... camera intern
Dylan Crawshay-Williams .... dolly grip: "b" camera
James Daly .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Joe Doughan .... dolly grip: "a" camera
Spencer Gillis .... second assistant camera: "a" camera
Shawn Greene .... gaffer
Rob Harlow .... key grip
Gavin Holmes Jr. .... grip
Alonso Homs .... digital imaging technician
Kate Larose .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Rachael Levine .... camera operator: "b" camera
Ludovic Littee .... first assistant camera: "a" camera
Frank Love .... second assistant camera: "b" camera
Nathan McGarigal .... second assistant camera: "b" camera
Timothy Naylor .... camera operator
Gary Parker .... video playback operator
Nicole Rivelli .... still photographer
Benjamin Salley .... electrician
Sean Taylor .... best boy electric
Josh M. Allen .... gaffer: additional photography (uncredited)
Craig Blankenhorn .... titles still photographer (uncredited)
J. Eric Camp .... digital imaging technician: specific segments (uncredited)
Jon Delgado .... additional camera operator (uncredited)
Brant S. Fagan .... steadicam operator (uncredited)
Lara Sfire .... electrician (uncredited)
Casting Department
Rori Bergman .... casting associate
Todd Feldman .... background casting: Central Casting
Brad Kenny .... background casting manager
David M. Waldron .... background casting: Central Casting (as David Waldron)
Stephanie R. Hunter .... extras casting assistant (uncredited)
Jessica Munks .... casting assistant (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Chrissy Kuhn .... costume supervisor
Ewa Noskowicz .... set costumer
Autumn Saville .... assistant costume designer
Danielle Smith .... costumer
Serge Walker .... costume researcher
Danielle Cadorette .... tailor (uncredited)
Troy David .... costume ager/dyer (uncredited)
Rebecca Edmonston .... set costumer (uncredited)
Matt Roozen .... costume production assistant (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Ernest Leif Boyd .... first assistant editor
Molle DeBartolo .... digital intermediate project manager
Kate Rose Itzkowitz .... first assistant editor (as Kate Itzkowitz)
Jack Lewars .... digital intermediate colorist
Tiffany N. Nilson .... editorial intern
Vincent Polidoro .... assistant editor
Jonathan Sanden .... digital intermediate editor
Nat Sanders .... additional editor
Darrell R. Smith .... digital intermediate supervising producer
Christian Madera .... editorial intern (uncredited)
Mike Mazzotta .... digital lab technician (uncredited)
Mark Reaser .... hd mastering (uncredited)
Michael J. Wechsler .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Music Department
Graeme Gibson .... additional music engineer
Susan Jacobs .... music supervisor
Eric D. Johnson .... music recordist
Eric D. Johnson .... musician
Nathan Larson .... music recordist (as Nathon Larson)
Nathan Larson .... musician (as Nathon Larson)
Roger Lipson .... music advisor: Shehani
Jackie Mulhearn .... assistant music supervisor
Bob Parins .... musician: poedal steel
Suzana Peric .... music editor
Seth Rothschild .... additional music engineer
Ilyse Wolfe Tretter .... music clearance consultant
Transportation Department
Mike Easter .... transportation captain (as Michael Easter)
Scott Easter .... driver
Ken Johnson .... driver
Austen Martinez .... driver
Thomas McGoldrick .... transportation co-captain (as Tom McGildrick)
Joshua Rivera .... driver
George Roth .... driver
Gabe Turiello .... driver: process trailer
Other crew
Annie Avlon .... intern (as Anne Avlon)
Paloma Azpurua .... intern (as Paloma Azpura)
Derek Barocas .... location department intern
Joshua A. Bell .... production accountant (as Joshua Bell)
Daniel Bethea .... unit production assistant
Scott Bird .... production assistant
David Branum .... intern
Emily Buder .... intern
Carolyn Burns .... production assistant
Jennifer Cantelmi .... intern
Jeff Caron .... location manager
Kyle Casper .... intern
Yara Caubet .... production secretary
Michael B. Clark .... creative executive: Big Beach (as Michael Clark)
Caitlin Coady .... intern
Carol A. Compton .... script clearance
Gina M. Crane .... product placement consultant
Jacqueline Eckhouse .... production attorney: Sloss Eckhouse Lawco
Alex Finch .... production assistant
Joshua A. Friedman .... production assistant
Max Friedman .... intern
Tawni Fritz-McAlpine .... payroll accountant
Ed Gately .... production assistant
Melissa Gruhin .... intern
Judith Grunwald .... intern
Bethany Haynes .... production attorney: Sloss Eckhouse Lawco
Grace Hollaender .... assistant: Mr.Peretz
Samson Jacobson .... intern
Katherine Jarzebowski .... production assistant
Paul Kahil .... production assistant
Jessie Katz .... production assistant
Kirsten Kearse .... script supervisor
Alexandra Keller .... intern
Graham Lazar .... intern
Alex Lee .... intern
Elinor Lee .... intern
Rafael Lima .... location manager: reshoots
Paul Lucero .... location scout
Amenya Makuku .... intern
Daniele Tate Melia .... assistant: Mr. Saraf (as Daniele Melia)
Lisa Melodia .... assistant: Mr.Peretz
Soren Miltich .... production assistant
Courtney Murphy .... intern
David Newhouse .... intern
Mathew Noack .... location assistant
Leda Nornang .... production coordinator
Tony Osso .... script supervisor
Jim Pellegrinelli .... assistant production coordinator
Mike Phillips .... post-production accountant
Christina Adkinson Potter .... animal trainer: All Star Animals (as Christina Potter)
Taylor Potter .... animal trainer: All Star Animals
Bridget Rafferty .... production assistant
Melanie Randolph .... intern
Sam Reiss .... intern (as Samuel Reiss)
'The Coneman' Robert .... parking coordinator
Javier Rojas .... craft service: NY Crafty
Janice Roland .... public relations: Falco Ink
Sarah Ross .... intern
Andrew Schoessel .... intern
Karel Schurman .... production assistant (as Karel J. Schurman)
Katrina Sorrentino .... intern
Emily Spinner .... intern
Alex Starke .... assistant location manager
Stephanie Sutter .... accounting clerk
Scott Tankel .... location assistant
Ross Tipograph .... intern
Shannon Treusch .... public relations: Falco Ink
Ben Weintraub .... assistant: Mr. Bregman (as Benjamin Weintraub)
James Adames .... production assistant (uncredited)
Katri Billard .... script supervisor: additional photography (uncredited)
Jonathan P. Caro .... assistant location manager (uncredited)
Shams Charania .... script supervisor (uncredited)
J. John Corbett .... title designer: credits (uncredited)
Darren Dolcetti .... payroll accountant (uncredited)
Kendahl Lauren Gardner .... development intern (uncredited)
Kyle Garrison .... production assistant (uncredited)
Patrick Gerrity .... post production technician (uncredited)
Kate Gimbel Goldman .... location assistant (uncredited)
Andrew Katz .... production intern (uncredited)
Ben Katz .... additional production assistant (uncredited)
Brendan C. Lynch .... key staff production assistant: reshoots (uncredited)
James Newman .... set production assistant (uncredited)
Nicole Scarlett .... office production assistant: reshoots (uncredited)
Kat Scicluna .... stand-in (uncredited)
William Sepulveda .... craft service: additional photography (uncredited)
Tom Sexton .... location scout (uncredited)
Luke Tomalin Sherman .... key set production assistant: re-shoots (uncredited)
Kathy Sperduto .... animal wrangler: goats (uncredited)
Bobby Tuttle .... stand-in (uncredited)
Eva Vedock .... craft service: additional photography (uncredited)
Willie Nelson .... special thanks
Mike Spera .... special thanks
Karen L. Thorson .... thanks

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Also Known As:
"My Idiot Brother" - USA (festival title)
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Rated R for sexual content including nudity, and for language throughout
90 min
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Elizabeth Banks and Paul Rudd, who play siblings in this movie, played a couple in Role Models (2008) and Wet Hot American Summer (2001).See more »
Omar:[speaking extremely slowly] I'm Officer Omar Coleman. I'm your parole officer.
Ned:I'm Ned Rochlin. Why are you talking so slow?
Omar:[now speaking normally] I just figured, looking at your sheet, that since you sold grass to a uniformed police officer that you must be retarded.
Ned:Yeah, I get that a lot.
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44 out of 54 people found the following review useful.
Light on the comedy, but so charming that "Our Idiot Brother" is likable, 26 August 2011
Author: napierslogs from Ontario, Canada

As has been stated many times already, Ned (Paul Rudd) is not an idiot. Well, he kind of is. He lacks understanding of normal social protocol, and not in a genius kind-of-way, but as a hippie. Prone to frequent breakdowns in communication, one such instance lands him in jail. When he's out, he's off to live with his family. His sisters all treat him like he's an idiot. Hence, the title, "Our Idiot Brother."

Ned is a good and caring guy. His sisters are completely different and completely different from each other — one is even British. In their own way, they are all selfish, demanding and insensitive people. But don't worry, Ned is our hero and protagonist. If you are currently sighing in relief, I understand. A career spanning two decades with 30-plus movie credits, and we've only seen Paul Rudd in the lead role a handful of times.

Rudd has infused Ned with all the charm, likability and overall appeal that we have come to expect from him. Surprisingly, the less likable actresses playing the three unlikable sisters were at least able to add some humour to their characters. The three supporting actors probably could have stolen the show if they were given more time: Steve Coogan as the husband with a penchant for exhibitionism; Hugh Dancy as a creepy artist turned cultist; and Adam Scott as Rudd's long lost brother — not literally, he just has the same presence.

"Our Idiot Brother" is a comedy, one of those heart-warming comedies, where all of the characters start coming around to see the value of having Ned in their life. It takes them longer than us to realize his positive aspects because most of them are not fully-developed characters, especially the mother, I'm not sure what the point of her was.

Unfortunately, it's not a particularly funny comedy, but it is a likable one. A few ill-fated groin jokes would have been better off in a different movie, and a few jokes lost their humour after they appeared in the trailer, and after that there's only a few left to discover. It is funny, but not as funny as you would expect a comedy to be. But did I mention likable? Because that's what "Our Idiot Brother" is: sweet, charming and overall appealing.

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