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Brother Nature (2016)

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Roger (Taran Killam), a strait-laced politician has big plans to propose to his dream girl (Gillian Jacobs) at her family's lake house. But everything goes awry when he meets his potential ... See full summary »


Osmany Rodriguez (as Oz Rodriguez), Matt Villines


Taran Killam (screenplay by), Mikey Day (screenplay by) | 1 more credit »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Taran Killam ... Roger Fellner
Gillian Jacobs ... Gwen Turley
Bobby Moynihan ... Todd Dotchman
Sarah Burns ... Margie Turley
Bill Pullman ... Jerry Turley
Rita Wilson ... Cathy Turley
Ellen Bloodworth Ellen Bloodworth ... Grandma Hibby
Rachael Harris ... Aunt Pam
David Wain ... Uncle Mel
Jonah Kellams Jonah Kellams ... Cousin Cody
Ethan Harmon Ethan Harmon ... Cousin Spencer
Kumail Nanjiani ... Riggleman
Kenan Thompson ... Miesha
Giancarlo Esposito ... Congressman Frank McClaren
Julian F. Grijalva Julian F. Grijalva ... George Washington


Roger (Taran Killam), a strait-laced politician has big plans to propose to his dream girl (Gillian Jacobs) at her family's lake house. But everything goes awry when he meets his potential brother-in-law Todd (Bobby Moynihan): a full-time camp counselor with a heart of gold and a wild sense of fun, pining to be Roger's best friend, and ultimately catapulting him into a series of unfortunate events. As Roger tries to take a stand amidst outrageous fishing excursions, propulsive water jetpacks and American history-themed musicals, he realizes that being a part of a new family may be more difficult than he'd thought.

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Crazy is relative.



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Rated R for some sexual references and drug content | See all certifications »






Release Date:

9 September 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cognati per caso See more »

Filming Locations:

Klamath Falls, Oregon, USA See more »

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Filming in Klamath Falls, Oregon and Lake of the Woods, Oregon. See more »

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More Annoying Than Funny
14 December 2016 | by larrys3See all my reviews

Former SNL cast member Taran Killam portrays Roger, a straight-laced and fastidious Chief of Staff to a Seattle Congressman, who suddenly informs Roger he's retiring. The Congressman offers to endorse Roger if he wants to run, and he enthusiastically accepts.

First though, Roger will take a week off and go with his girlfriend Gwen (Gillian Jacobs) to visit her family at their lakeside cabins, where he intends to propose. I imagine you have already guessed things will not go according to plan.

I'm sure most of us have seen movies where there's always one character that is incredibly frenetic and obnoxious with no respect for other's boundaries, yet the remainder of the family just thinks he's wonderful. Such is the case here with Todd (Bobby Moynihan), possibly Roger's future brother-in-law, who makes Roger's time at the cabin a living hell.

The late Chris Farley often played this type of character, but Farley had such an endearing quality about him that it was usually very funny. Unfortunately, the character of Todd here just became highly annoying, even painful to witness for me, as the film progressed. Despite the customary 180's near the end of the movie, the damage had already been done for me, The one bright spot in the film was the understated humor of Kumail Nanjami, who I thought was quite funny as Riggleman, Roger's top aide.

Overall, I felt this movie provided a few laughs here and there, but the intended humor just didn't work for me.

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