Our Idiot Brother
Movie: Our Idiot Brother
- Director: Jesse Peretz
- Release Date: August 2011
- Writers: David Schisgall, Evgenia Peretz
- Run Time: 90
- Genre: Comedy, Drama
Tagline: Everyone Has One
Review: 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 isnt quite housebroken. So you-know-what hits the fan when his three sisters serially take him in after his release from jail. Hes nothing but tsuris. Its no wonder that his most enduring relationship is with his dog, Willie Nelson.
Thanks to Rudds everyman persona and the genial obliviousness he brings to Ned, you cant help but feel empathy. As with a suspense film where the audience knows whats 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, theres more to him than just bad luck. Hes 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 movies impressively talented and good-looking cast includes Zooey Deschanel, Emily Mortimer, and Elizabeth Banks (looking a lot like Parker Posey) as sisters. Whats more, Rashinda Jones and Hugh Dancy add to the already high eye-candy quotient. Steve Coogan plays Neds deliciously distasteful brother-in-law in his inimitable unpleasant-guy way.
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.