Such a keeper, this one. Sweet, gentle and caring. It shows human hypocrisy in the same breath as human capacity for love and understanding. A really gentle film about a guy who has no discrimination in his heart. It's sweet. We all need to know people who see the good in others and have good intentions, it helps us tone down our own cynicism and propensity for shrewd, self-serving behaviour.This film also criticizes and shows the best of the hippie movement all in one, and I love it for that. Intelligent, gentle and sweet.Do watch it. Paul Rudd gives a really love performance... that guy <more>
really can do a much wider range than he lets on with his dedication to light comedy. Great show all 'round. Lovely film.
Refreshingly original - A comedy interspersed with drama and a great story (by JayG20)
For a summer crowded with countless superhero movies, remakes, sequels, spectacular CGI-enhanced films and great 'laugh your ass off' comedies, they saved the best for last. 'Our Idiot Brother' is a refreshingly original concept to liven up the theatre as summer sadly draws to a close. It is the type of film that we can all enjoy and cherish, and will surely win over audiences' hearts. It's cheerful and inspiring, and truly shines as a slice-of-life comedy. It tells the story of a misunderstood man trying to find a purpose to his life, and shows up at the doorsteps of <more>
each one of his sisters in search of guidance.It has an incredible ensemble cast that play off each other extremely well, particularly the three sisters – played by Elizabeth Banks, Zooey Deschanel and Emily Mortimer – who were matched up perfectly. The cast overall was excellent, but nothing could have topped it off better than Paul Rudd, who mastered the title role as the idiot brother, Ned. Rudd is a genuinely likable actor, and it goes a long way with this movie. Ned is a fun character, brutally honest yet likable, free-spirited, completely uninhibited and without a care in the world. He lives his life the way we all only wish we could. As he comes to terms with being an adult in the real world, his stupidity is actually quite nourishing and enlightening, and you enjoy being by his side every step of the way.'Our Idiot Brother' is admittedly funny and sad, clever and idiotic, and just plain enjoyable. It may not be a gut-splitting, keel over in uncontrollable laughter kind of comedy, but it does have a number of laugh-out-loud moments; and it certainly has an appropriate amount of light-hearted humour to satisfy the comedy junkie in all of us.As much as it was a classic comedy, this movie also exhibited many of the fundamentals of an emotional, heart-warming drama. That's where Paul Rudd was put to good use – harnessing the balance between humour and genuine acting. The side-story of Ned Paul Rudd and his faithful K-9 companion, as clichéd as that may be, was a pleasant touch of realism and perceptibility. It provided additional depth to Rudd's character and to his life, which made the audience respond more positively to him.'Our Idiot Brother' has made me an instant fan of Jesse Peretz, the film's director. It is a true example of filmmaking in its purest, most genuine form, true to the way films should be. It simply tells a story, one that combines comedy with drama, and is carried by characters who possess great on-screen chemistry.
My Pun-induced idiot review of the awesome flick "My Idiot Brother" (by meeza)
"O Brother, Where are thou brains?" is what one might say upon meeting the protagonist Ned Rochlin in the sharp comedy "Our Idiot Brother". There are numerous idiotsyncrasies in Ned's bewildering behaviors, but there is gentle innocence about Ned that makes him a very appealing character. Ned is a Long Island slacker who goes to jail for selling marijuana to a uniformed officer; I did say he had plenty of idiotsyncrasies. After he gets released from prison, he reunites with his family consisting of an overprotective mother and his three sisters. Ned's sister act is <more>
comprised of the upstart Vanity Fair journalist Miranda, then there is Liz who is a mother of two and wife of a self- absorbed British documentary filmmaker, and finally there is Natalie the semi-bohemian lesbian who cheats on her woman with another man. Ned starts to do varying odd jobs for the three sisters and ends up in their habitat locations, spring-boarding from one sister to another. Inadvertently, Ned ends up causing havoc in his sisters' lives not due to malicious reasons, but because of his free-spirit ideals and his candid way of not hiding behind a façade. Sure Ned is not your model citizen and is not going to be running for a Nobel Peace Prize anytime soon, but his noble instincts are worthy for him to garner a Noble Peace Prize. The crust of "Our Idiot Brother" is how Director Jesse Peretz presents the interaction of siblings in dealing with insecurities, trust, rejection, sincerity, faithfulness, and all those other themes that brothers and sisters from the same or another mother deal with. Jesse wrote the film's hilarious screenplay with his sister Evgenia, and it's quite evident that each of them is not an idiot brother or sister. There is a lot to brotherly love in Paul Rudd's stupefying performance as Ned, one of the best comedic starring performances of the year. And let's not forget the rest of the Rochlin clan which also rocked; that would be Elizabeth Banks as Miranda, Zooey Deschanel as Natalie, Emily Mortimer as Liz, and Shirley Knight as Mother Ilene Rochlin. Worthy thespian support to "Our Idiot Brother" also came from Adam Scott as Miranda's cynical neighbor Jeremy, Rashida Jones as Natalie's lesbian lover Cindy, Steve Coogan as Liz's adulterous husband Dylan, Kathryn Hahn as Ned's symbiotic farmer ex-girlfriend Janet, and finally T.J. Miller as Janet's current mentally-challenged beau Billy. Maybe it's the idiot in me, but by far this was the best comedy ensemble I have seen in a long time in a motion picture. So my brothers and sisters from all over the movie world, I think it would be a smart movie move to take a look at "Our Idiot Brother". ***** Excellent
What a wonderful movie. Paul Rudd is terrific. He is truly the star. His performance is outstanding. The idiot is not Paul's character, Ned. He is a good-natured person who is willing to give everyone the benefit of the doubt. Rather, the idiots are his three pretentious sisters who treat Ned like a child, misinterpreting his honesty for immaturity. Ned maintains his integrity, which is in sharp contrast to the phoniness that he encounters in others. Misunderstandings occur as Ned forces his sisters to confront their own lies. Ned is perceived as the family problem when in fact he is the <more>
solution, except no one knows it, at first. Several scenes are amusing as Ned's good nature and candid outlook produces some awkward situations. This movie succeeds because it tells a story, does so with humor, and keeps the audience engaged.
'OUR IDIOT BROTHER': Four and a Half Stars Out of Five This sweet hearted indie comedy doesn't have a bad bone in it's body. It's the type of film that can really inspire people to want to do good just by relating to their most simple good sided human nature. Paul Rudd stars in the film, in his most likable role to date as well as one of the most lovable comical heroes to come along in a while. The film was directed by Jesse Peretz, who also directed the Zach Braff/Jason Bateman 2007 dark comedy film 'THE EX'. This film is definitely a change in tone from that <more>
one . The story was conceived by Jesse and his sister Evgenia and the screenplay was written by Evgenia and her husband David Schisgall. They wrote the film with their buddy Rudd in mind for the lead. Frequent Rudd co-stars Elizabeth Banks and Rashida Jones co-star in the film as well as Zooey Deschanel, Emily Mortimer, Steve Coogan, Adam Scott, T.J. Miller and many other familiar faces. The film was one of the quickest productions in film history but it's not any less impressive due to it's hastiness. Things just came together really well the filmmakers say and it shows on screen. Rudd plays Ned who as the film opens is living with his girlfriend Janet Kathryn Hahn on a biodynamic farm selling produce at the local farmers' market and weed on the side. One day he's busted for selling cannabis to a uniformed police officer after he's tricked in to feeling sorry for him. After spending 8 months in prison he returns home to find Janet living with another man Miller . She tells him to leave cold heartedly and even refuses to let him have his dog 'Willie Nelson'. Ned first turns to his mother for a place to stay but then quickly becomes a burden to his three sisters as well Banks, Deschanel and Mortimer . Each has their own personal problems which Ned delves himself in to. His naive trustingness of everyone and overwhelming honesty get him in to more trouble and causes problems with his entire family as well. Paul Rudd is at his most likable and his performance really makes the movie. The supporting cast is all good as well but it's Rudd that really makes the material work. The script is pretty clever and heartfelt to begin with and Peretz directs it well but the filmmakers really knew what they were doing when they modeled it after Rudd. There's something really inspiring and emotional about a character like Ned, almost in the same way as a 'Forrest Gump' or 'Rain Man' but I don't think Ned is mentally challenged in anyway. He's seen as an idiot by others including his own family but that's just because he's so trusting and loving of others. Ned's whole theory on life is that if you're always open and trusting of others, and truly put them to that test, they'll usually come through. That's a really optimistic and positive way of going through life and some would say foolish but I disagree. Of course many would see it as a weakness and try to take advantage of a person like that but in the end I think it's still worth it by all the good you do . I could really relate to the Ned character; I tend to be really trusting and open with others and also sometimes overly honest. He ends up getting in a lot of trouble by pissing his family and friends off through sharing things people say about each other in private and behind the others' back . This is something I can really relate to. There's a nickname for this I've heard and like called 'diarrhea of the mouth'. I've tried to improve my weakness in this area and am not quite as clueless about it as Ned but I think sometimes this too can be as much a benefit as harm. If you're really open and honest sometimes you end up sharing things about others they don't want shared as well but it can often be a good thing whether they realize it at first or not. I'm sure many audience members will miss the point of the movie and still see Ned as an idiot because of the seemingly clueless havoc he causes but he does so much more good than harm despite his flaws and I think he's a true inspiration to us all. Everyone should be like Ned.Watch our review show 'MOVIE TALK' at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v EojWnKxpY94
A sweet comedy about family and life. (by Lunaroseice)
This movie IS a comedy. There are many types of comedy and you don't have to laugh out loud the whole time for it to be a comedy. The movie is funny, charming, and very cute.It really isn't about Ned's philosophy of expecting the best of others and seeing the good in them because even thought some people don't, and it can hurt you, more people do and everyone is better for it. It's about family dynamics, life choices, and learning to accept your own actions.By accepting responsibility for your own actions you are able to free yourself to be more accepting of other people <more>
despite their flaws. Because we all have flaws.Ned is less of a protagonist and more of a catalyst for change in his sisters' lives. The only reason I don't give this movie a 9 star rating is because the ending is a little on the weak side. They could have stopped the movie a few minutes earlier and it would have been stronger.
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 <more>
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.
the general public will hate this film (by ThreeGuysOneMovie)
a thoroughly enjoyable light hearted comedy. This isn't a rolling on the floor laugh out loud comedy, although there are parts like that. This is more of a feel good intellectual comedy with a message sort of film. That being the case I assume the general public will hate this film because sadly unlike the main character Ned I often don't expect the best from people.There were a lot of good Ideas in the film. While not necessarily original, they seem to be lacking from a lot of modern cinema. I have seen some reviews comparing it to Forrest Gump but I think that really misses the <more>
point the writer/director was trying to make. The main character Ned is not a moron like Forrest Gump he is more like a Christ figure. Ned lives in a world of trust and goodness where he is honest and non-judgmental to a fault and always sees the good in people. What some would call his moronic buffoonery is actually a depiction of someone living as an innocent trusting good hearted soul. The fact that the world around him is filled with corruption and evil and that people get chewed up by the corporate machine and are awful to each other is no fault of Ned's.Check out our full review at 3guys1movie.com
Some great writing and acting and a warm, funny concept (by secondtake)
Our Idiot Brother 2011 A pitch perfect, silly, touching comedy. Maybe we all know someone like the main character, the idiot brother, Ned, who is the ultimate optimist. He's also utterly or seemingly blind to the consequences of his honesty. Which is the whole point of the movie—the world is full of little or large glosses, lies, and shams. Many of them seem insignificant, but when Ned exposes these glitches in other people's realities, the problems make clear the lies are not innocent.But of course what his family, three sisters and a mom, see is one betrayal and stupidity after <more>
another. And while it might seem annoying or too low budget at first, it grows on you until you see the point of the inane script and regular people trapped and betrayed.The center of the cast, Paul Rudd, was not familiar to me by name, but that's because he's been in lots of dumb, male-centric comedies. Great ones, I suppose, if you like that kind of thing. But the three sisters are all substantial actresses with a range of experience, and they in fact support him beautifully. You wouldn't call this an ensemble film—it's too loose and sloppy for that—but it ends up being a group effort. I especially like Emily Mortimer and Zooey Deschanel, and they're worth every minute here.But it's Ned in the center, portraying, almost inhabiting, the pot-head idealistic harmless sweetheart with intuitive perfection. The plot gives him room to make his innocence shine in moment after moment. If you learn to like him, you'll like the movie.The director, Jesse Peretz, has basically no other serious movies on his resume, just lots of t.v. But most of it is recent, and maybe he's hit his stride. Because this strange and often fairly straight forward comedy would not work without a sense of control and timing and editing to make it gel.Never mind the naysayers. At least give this a try. It's comedy, and so it's not going to appeal to everyone. But it appealed very much to me.