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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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Jesse Peretz

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Jesse Peretz (story), Evgenia Peretz (story) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Everybody has one.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexual content including nudity, and for language throughout | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 August 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Our Idiot Brother 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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SDDS | Datasat | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Both Rashida Jones' and Zooey Deschanel's mothers appear in Twin Peaks. 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: I need some leg warmers, my Croc is stuck!
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Bloopers and outtakes shown during the closing credits. See more »

Connections

References Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004) See more »

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Lightning Bug
Written by Eric D. Johnson
Performed by Fruit Bats
Courtesy of Sub Pop Records
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Watch it for Paul Rudd's Lovable Performance!
18 November 2011 | by namashi_1See all my reviews

Jesse Peretz's 'Our Idiot Brother' is a decent watch, but what stands tall in this film, is, without a shed of doubt, Paul Rudd's lovable performance in the central role. The actor has never been so convincing before!

'Our Idiot Brother' tells the story of an idealistic man who intrudes and wreaks havoc in each of his three sisters' lives.

The film begins well, dips in the middle, but luckily, culminates properly. As said, it's a decent watch, that never really bores or loses it's pace. Evgenia Peretz & David Schisgall's Screenplay is good, but it could've been better, especially post 40-minutes. Jesse Peretz Directs this comedy-drama, ably. Cinematography, Editing & Art Design, are fair.

Performance-Wise: Paul Rudd delivers his careers most lovable/convincing performance in here. He literally owns the film. As his sisters, Elizabeth Banks, Emily Mortimer & Zooey Deschanel, are first-rate. Kathryn Hahn is perfect. Rashida Jones is passable. Steve Coogan is as usual. Others lend support.

On the whole, 'Our Idiot Brother' is a time-pass fare. A must watch for Rudd fanatics.


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