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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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Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 August 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

My Idiot Brother See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,011,631, 28 August 2011, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$24,814,830, 20 November 2011
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SDDS | Datasat | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Rashida Jones and Paul Rudd previously played a couple in I Love You, Man (2009). Here she plays Ned's sister's girlfriend. 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: 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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Crazy Credits

Bloopers and outtakes shown during the closing credits. See more »

Connections

References The Jerk (1979) See more »

Soundtracks

Ol' Blue
Traditional
Arranged by Willie Nelson
Performed by Willie Nelson
Courtesy of The Island Def Jam Music Group
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Charming and hilarious
31 January 2011 | by imdb-3022See all my reviews

A hilarious movie written for Paul Rudd: what more could we want?

Rudd plays Ned, a stoner who has frizzled his neurons to the point that he has lost any ability to detect or dish out B.S. The poster child for what it means to be ingenuous, Ned is a trusting, playful, adorable stray puppy who isn't quite housebroken. So you-know-what hits the fan when his three sisters serially take him in after his release from jail. He's nothing but tsuris. It's no wonder that his most enduring relationship is with his dog, Willie Nelson.

Thanks to Rudd's everyman persona and the genial obliviousness he brings to Ned, you can't help but feel empathy. As with a suspense film where the audience knows what's going to happen but the characters are still in the dark, you want to yell out to warn Ned before he screws up again. His perfect comic timing and the made-to-order script make sure you get the most laughs from his predicament. Luckily, there's more to him than just bad luck. He's also an endearing white angel on the shoulders of his sisters, helping them fight their devils as he becomes an unwitting catalyst for change.

The movie's impressively talented and good-looking cast includes Zooey Deschanel, Emily Mortimer, and Elizabeth Banks (looking a lot like Parker Posey) as sisters. What's more, Rashinda Jones and Hugh Dancy add to the already high eye-candy quotient. Steve Coogan plays Ned's deliciously distasteful brother-in-law in his inimitable unpleasant-guy way.

The film is smartly directed by Jesse Peretz from a story he developed with his sister, Evgenia Peretz. I saw this at the Sundance screening in Brookline, Massachusetts, where director Peretz said they wrote it for Rudd, whom he clearly enjoys working with, and who wouldn't? Even though they stuck to the script, Rudd improvised at least two of the movie's funniest bits.

A fun ride throughout, the film only has a couple of weak spots. One scene has Ned comfortably telling a white lie, something so out of character it was jolting to the point of distraction. The ending could use some reshaping, and perhaps it might get some before general release. But even as is, this movie is about as charming and hilarious as Rudd can be, which is quite sizable.


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