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

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Jesse Peretz

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Jesse Peretz (story), Evgenia Peretz (story) | 3 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Paul Rudd ... Ned
Nick Sullivan ... Customer
Francesca Papalia 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
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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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Everybody has one.

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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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The order of the siblings is never revealed in the film. However at the time of release Paul Rudd was 42, Emily Mortimer 39, Elizabeth Banks 37, and Zooey Deschanel 31. Shirley night, who plays their mother, was 75. See more »

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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 would have been considered entrapment and therefore could not be used in court. See more »

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Ned: Ok I, I really didn't want to get litigious, but I brought a lawyer.
Cindy: [off-screen, shouting into the phone] Well I am sorry I don't have a fat, throbbing cock for you!
Janet: That's some Ivy League shit out there, man.
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Bloopers and outtakes shown during the closing credits. See more »

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References Free Willy (1993) See more »

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Arrow's Arabesque
Written & Performed by Paul Cantelon
Courtesy of Arrow Peretz
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Light on the comedy, but so charming that "Our Idiot Brother" is likable
26 August 2011 | by napierslogsSee all my reviews

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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 August 2011 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,011,631, 28 August 2011

Gross USA:

$24,816,118

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$25,804,448
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