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Our Idiot Brother

A movie directed by Jesse Peretz

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'Our Idiot Brother' 'Two Jews On Film' Only One Gets The Laughs (Video)

  • Aug 25, 2011

By Joan Alperin-Schwartz

Paul Rudd is Ned Rochlin, an organic farmer,  who sees the good in everyone.  So when a policeman comes up to him at a local Farmers Market and begs Ned to sell him some weed, he's only to happy to oblige. Afterall, Ned felt sorry for the cop, who said he was suffering from job-related stress.  Now what does Ned get for this act of compassion?  He gets busted and sent to prison, of course.  Afterall, this is a comedy... 

After a few months in jail, Ned is released for good behavior.  When Ned returns home to his farm, where he lived with his girlfriend, Janet (Kathryn Hahn) and his beloved dog...Willie Nelson, he finds out, that not only does Janet have a a new boyfriend, but she's keeping, Willie Nelson.  This hurts Ned even more than the break-up.

So now that Ned is homeless and dogless, he has no choice but to move back to his childhood home in Long Island, where his sweet mother, Irene (Shirley Knight) welcomes him with open arms.

At the weekly family dinner, we get to meet Ned's three sisters:  First, there's uber mom, Liz (Emily Mortimer) who is married to the pompous, Dylan (Steve Coogan) a documentary filmmaker with an ostentatiously humanitarian ethos and a tidy trust fund, along with their seven year old son, River (Matthew Mindler) and baby daughter, Echo. This family is so dysfunctional, that it doesn't even know it.

The middle sister is, Miranda (Elizabeth Banks) an ambitious staff writer for Vanity Fair who's constant companion is her Blackberry.

Finally, there's baby sister, Natalie (Zooey Deschanel) who's joined at the hip to her girlfriend Cindy, a down to earth, say it like it is, lawyer.  

The sisters and Cindy offer Ned support and invite him to come visit anytime.  And it isn't very long, before Ned takes all three sisters up on their offer, starting with...

Sister Liz, who resides in a very lovely, brownstone in Brooklyn. Ned moves in and all goes well for awhile and then...it doesn't... 

From there, Ned...moves onto Miranda's and finally, Natalie's.  As Ned is passed from sister to sister, they each find their life thrown into chaos and they all blame Ned for their problems.

Ned always seems to be in the middle of each misunderstanding, oblivious to the way things work in the real world and forever saying or doing, the exact wrong thing at the exact wrong time.

And that's where all the great humor in 'Our Idiot Brother' comes from...These wonderful sibling relationships.  

The film is like a delicious desert...The characters are rich, complex with interesting layers...and you wind up caring about each and every one of them...Except maybe for Dylan...who's a total jerk...but he's a super, funny jerk, thanks to the excellent performance of Steve Coogan.  

 I absolutely loved this film. The cast is excellent and I gave 'Our Idiot Brother' four bagels out of five.
Of course, John, the other half of 'Two Jews On Film' had a different experience...(for a change)...

Check out our video to see what he thought. Or just go see this really funny, endearing comedy, which opens in theaters, Friday August 26, 2011. 
'Our Idiot Brother' 'Two Jews On Film' Only One Gets The Laughs (Video) 'Our Idiot Brother' 'Two Jews On Film' Only One Gets The Laughs (Video) 'Our Idiot Brother' 'Two Jews On Film' Only One Gets The Laughs (Video)

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September 01, 2011
Sorry I am a little late for this review, I just got back recently. For some reason this reminds me of "Hesher" but its trailers didn't exactly grab me. Nice one, Joan and John!
September 01, 2011
Thanks Will. Nothing like 'Hesher'...At all. John didn't like this one...Big surprise...But I did.
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review by . December 16, 2011
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*** out of ****    It isn't a particularly easy task to make an R-rated comedy that doubles as a heartfelt drama, but "Our Idiot Brother" is more than capable of delivering that rare raunch-fest that contains characters who we identify with and even love, situations that at least feel somewhat real, and dramatic turning points that are sappy and sentimental yet never too difficult to bear. And since the film succeeds at doing all this, yes, I thought it was pretty solid; not …
review by . August 24, 2011
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OUR IDIOT BROTHER Written by David Schisgall and Evgenia Peretz Directed by Jesse Peretz Starring Paul Rudd, Elizabeth Banks, Zooey Deschanel and Emily Mortimer   Ned: I like to think that if you put your trust out there, that if you really give people the benefit of the doubt, see their best intentions, people will rise to the occasion.   Paul Rudd is practically perfect as Ned, the title character in Jesse Peretz’s Sundance breakout, OUR IDIOT BROTHER. The ownership in …
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My husband (creator of the cult classic films FACES OF DEATH) andmyself (actress/screenwriter) are ex New Yorkers, see alot of films and usually disagree. So our friends decided that we need a review … more
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