Movie Review: Our Idiot Brother

Details from IMDB:

Our Idiot Brother (2011)

R  90 min  –  Comedy | Drama   –  26 August 2011 (USA)

Ratings: 6.6/10 from 11,706 users   Metascore: 60/100
Reviews: 50 user | 108 critic | 39 from

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

Initial Thoughts:

I’ll be brutally honest, my wife wanted to see this movie. I had no interest but she did so we watched it. Paul Rudd is an OK actor so it did have that going for it.

Main Points:

This movie starts fairly slow. Ned, (played by Rudd) is a hippie-easy going-very naive-incredibly-honest guy who makes a very stupid mistake that puts him in a jail. (He sells drugs to a uniformed police officer, which apparently criminals are actually stupid enough to do.)

Once he is released from jail he discovers that his hippie-organic-farmer girlfriend has moved on and has a new boyfriend, so he has no where to live.

The rest of the movie he goes from one sister to another and through his inability to keep secrets (and unfailing honesty) makes a mess out of each of their lives. Ned is a likable guy and the fact that no matter how bad his life gets, he almost never lets it get to him does make him one of the only redeemable parts of this movie.

There were some funny lines like this one “Just because you’re straight doesn’t mean you’re homophobic . . .  I don’t know, maybe I should have tried harder.” This was after Ned tried to have a threesome with another couple. Smile


There’s not much to spoil here but here goes, in the end while he seems to ruin each of his sister’s lives he actually makes them better. One is in a marriage where the husband cheats on her, Ned find’s out and helps to end it. For another sister he makes her forget about a big story and notice the guy she really likes in her apartment. And the last one is pregnant and Ned’s tells her girlfriend so they will have to be honest with each other.

Ned turns out fine as he opens up a candle shop (and get’s his dog Willie Nelson, back from his nasty ex-girlfriend.) It was also amusing how he finds a woman with a dog named Dolly Parton Open-mouthed smile.

Final Thoughts:

Another reserved recommendation from me and a 6/10. If you’re a big Paul Rudd fan (and have an offbeat sense of humour), this film will provide a few laughs. Vampire bat



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