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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.


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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 Fitzgerald .... 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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35 out of 46 people found the following review useful.
Everyone should be like Ned!, 29 August 2011
Author: Hellmant from United States

'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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