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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

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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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Sound Mix:

SDDS | Datasat | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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 Could have been considered entrapment and therefore not legally prosecutable. 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 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 »

Connections

References Jackass: The Movie (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

When They Fight, They Fight
Written by Edward Joyner & Grant Widmer
Performed by Generationals
Courtesy of Park the Van Records
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It truly was your cliché feel-good movie
30 August 2011 | by Nuz_ReviewsSee all my reviews

I will admit that my hopes were quite high for this flick. No pun intended. Like most, Paul Rudd is a favorite comedic actor of mine. As I expected, he did a splendid job with this flick. The supporting cast also seemed to be quite good. Elizabeth Banks, Emily Mortimer, and Zooey Deschanel played the three sisters of Rudd's character. Hence the title of the movie.

The story starts out with one idiotic move by Ned, portrayed by Paul Rudd. Ned is a biodynamic farmer and happens to be selling his crops at a local market. A police officer approaches him and asks for some "green." After Ned insists that he takes the marijuana for free, he is arrested.

The character development in this movie was probably my favorite part. Although frustrating at times, all the characters had that little something about them that was genuine and unique. In addition to learning a lot about Ned (like how he doesn't cheat or lie and trusts others too much), we also witness quite a bit from his sisters too. I really think if we saw the sisters together more often, then I'd laugh a bit more. Although Our Idiot Brother was funny at times, it wasn't the comedy film I was hoping for. I really thought that I'd be laughing more. Perhaps another viewing at another time will perspire such laughter, but I digress.

As alluded to earlier, Ned has three sisters. Miranda (Elizabeth Banks), Liz (Emily Mortimer), and Natalie (Zoeey Deschanel). After he's out of jail, Ned tries to live with his mom (Shirley Knight), but that doesn't work out so he looks to his three sisters.

From there the plot begins to unfold. It's hard to discuss it without giving away spoilers. You'll just have to see for yourself.

Also, Adam Scott, Steve Coogan, and Rashida Jones all have an active role in the film. Very fun.

It's also worth noting that part of the filming took place at the historic Hotel Chelsea. I've only been to New York City once and that's the place I stayed. This film really gave me the urge to want to be back in NYC!

Although not the movie that I wanted, it was pleasantly likable and worth a watch.

7/10 Stars.


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