Our Idiot Brother Movie Reviews

Our Idiot Brother

Our Idiot Brother

Release Date: Jan 22, 2011

Genre: Comedy

Rating: (R)

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  • 1
    Paul Rudd performed well in this movie. There is a Hollywood pressure to act a variety of roles. Getting typecast can be a death knell to a career. The idiot brother character differs greatly from the median character Rudd typically plays: a funny, works hard, decent guy. Now he is an enigmatic, hardly works, not-clever-at-all, drug dealer. The character is not portrayed as a drug dealer, he is more of a drug using enviro-nut who works on a very small organic farm.

    What other commentators have missed is that Ned's love for the dog (named Willie Nelson) is really his love for himself. The dog's imprisonment represents his own. When the dog is finally freed, Ned also finds freedom.

    At the very end, the dog finds something important, and so does Ned.

    This film contains one of the classic deceptions I really hate about Hollywood. Completely missing in the trailers is this: one of the three sisters is a lesbian. The lesbian relationship, in fact, is the only one that makes it through the film together. The strongest character is the sister's lesbian gf.

    Paul Rudd gets 5 stars for acting. Any shortcomings belong to script. Rudd nailed the character (which is a rather bland character, whose only strong point is trusting).

    However, the film gets a 1 for this disgusting action they so often work to influence the minds of viewers: homosexuality is marvelous. Marriage is bad. White heterosexual men are bad... It is time for a major overhaul of what is permitted in Hollywood.
  • 3
    I do not know if this film is worth seeing in the theaters, the tickets are so expensive and this film is nothing special really. I think that Paul Rudd was really great in this film, he managed to make the character likable and endearing, however the film is a bit boring and the script is not the best. I think that the filmmakers should had more of Paul Rudd time and less of his sisters, I did not like any of them, not the actresses but the characters. The film is never really funny but it gets few gentle laughs throughout. Overall, I think this film is meant to be seen at the comfort of your house.
  • 4
    Out Idiot Brother is another great stoner film. Paul Rudd plays a hippy-ish, stoner, less than brilliant brother of three women. This adds a family aspects to the film, which is a welcome addition to a comedy. The three women are all seasoned actors and play well opposite of Paul Rudd. However, Paul Rudd definitely carried the film, but who didn’t expect that? He is completely hilarious in Our Idiot Brother. Out Idiot Brother was very light hearted, which is nice for a date night or something. I wouldn’t say this is a must-see movie to see in the theater but it’s one of those movies that you can watch 100x on your home television. I really enjoyed it though and would recommend this movie to most of my friends.
  • 4
    Very funny, dry crude humor, can't believe someone can be so dumb, laughed out loud lots - a must see if you don't mind foul language and some nudity.
  • 3
    Our Idiot Brother is a bit of a surprise, considering that it start Paul Rudd, who has made a career recently of starring in Judd Apatow related gross-out movies. Unlike a lot of mean spirited comedies of late, this film actually is a pretty sweet, small film, and Rudd's performance is the key.

    After Rudd's Ned gets arrested for selling pot to a uniformed cop, he's thrown in the can, and when he's released, he's thrown out by his girlfriend. Ned moves in with his mom, and through the lives of his three sisters, all of whom are self-absorbed and treat Ned with a holier than thou attitude. It's fascinating to watch this completely honest, sweet man deal with people in his life he doesn't judge but who judge him.

    It's Rudd who makes this movie go. Ned could have easily been a one dimensional character, but Rudd plays him just right, keeping him simple but finding a lot of emotional layers. The supporting cast is also excellent. It's a really nice film at a time when those are hard to find.
  • 4
    This is a comedy directed by Jesse Peretz and starring Paul Rudd, Elizabeth Banks and Zooey Deschanel. I kind of liked this film and I recommend seeing it in the theaters. Paul Rudd is really charming in this role and he makes his character Ned lovable, I absolutely loved his performance. I think that the film is really playful and fun and I thought that the family situations showed in the film are hilarious and hit close to home for anyone who has a family. I like that the filmmakers truly like Ned and does not make him a complete loser, somehow he is still lovable and charming even if he does not have a job or common sense. Overall, I recommend seeing this film in the theaters.
  • 2
    This is a comedy that is directed by Jesse Peretz and stars Paul Rudd, Elizabeth Banks and Zooey Deschanel. I did not like this film and I do not recommend seeing it in the theaters. First of all, the main character is so pathetic and boring and it does not develop at all throughout the film, it is hard to like him and that is a big problem. Second of all, the film is deprived of logic and that just makes me angry. The film strings along with no purpose and the only watchable thing about this film is Paul Rudd. Rudd plays the character well and tries really hard to make him at least a little bit likable. Overall, do not waste your money on this film.
  • 4
    I am such a huge fan of Paul Rudd and I was very happy to see him in a different kind of role. I have noticed that lately he has been type casted and I believe that Paul Rudd is such a versitile actor, that he should never be stuck playing the sae role over and over again. This movie gave him a great chance to brake free and that is what he did. I think he gave a great ad warm performance and I think that his character was very lovable and interesting. I think the director could have made his character more interesting if he would have made Ned to grow up in some way and learn from his mistakes. I think the movie is warm and funny enough to go see it in the theaters, unfortunately it is not very original and not memorable enough. However it is only 95 minute, it is funny enough and Paul Rudd is awesome in it, so I am recommending to see this film.
  • 3
    What can I say, I think this movie does not do Paul Rudd justice. He is such a good actor, has perfect comedic timing and can do drama, I wish his talent was used in this film, but it was not. His character was almost unlikable and hard to justify. The screen writers Evgenia Peretz and David Schisgall do not seem to like their main character because there is very little explanation of why Ned does or says so many plain dumb and empty-minded things throughout the film. Therefore, there is no depth to Paul Rudd’s character and he becomes just a looser that you do not really root for or care what will happen to him. Emily Mortimer, Zooey Deschanel and Elizabeth Banks played ned’s sisters and their characters were not very liable either. The sisters just seemed so full of themselves, selfish and stupid that it was made impossible to like them. Willie Nelson was the only likable character and it was a dog. The dog in the movie was the only one (maybe also his alcoholic mother) who gave Ned unconditional love, and that is just sad. Overall, I felt bad for the actors who could not reach their full potential because their characters sucked. I do not recommend seeing this film.

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