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Movie Review: Our Idiot Brother
by adammoviereviews,posted Aug 26 2011 10:25AM
Rated R â€“ 1h30
Maybe this family dynamic hit a little too close to home. Maybe I agree that you should always expect the best from people. Either way, Paul Rudd delivers a grinable performance in his new lead role.
Our Idiot Brother is the story of Ned, (Rudd) a man in a state of eternal hippie arrested development. He makes choices based not out of stupidity, but from a naiveteâ€™, idealistic place that has high hopes for the rest of the world. Ned is jailed for selling pot to a uniformed officer who seemingly entraps him, by making Ned sympathetic to the copâ€™s bad day.
After getting out, we meet Nedâ€™s three slightly dysfunctional sisters (Elizabeth Banks, Zooey Deschanel & Emily Mortimer) who take him in. With each sister he seemingly destroys their lives through his man-child ways, but somehow also saves them at the same time.
I feel a little cynical calling out his actions, but itâ€™s hard to believe that someone like Ned actually exists. Are there people so trusting of their fellow man, that they would ask them (on a subway) to hold onto their pocket of twenties, while they clean up a coffee spill? I think there are few, at the most. Then again, itâ€™s hard to criticize a person who only wants good things for and from those around them.
Nedâ€™s sisters seem to be living stereotypically train wrecks of lives, which makes this comedy feel a little contrived. Then again, Ruddâ€™s happy blowtorch of sunshine is a bit too. The thing that saves this movie is itâ€™s good intentions and good nature.
I for one, like Ned.
At one time, I couldnâ€™t say the same for Paul Rudd. From the days of his indie comedy background, I enjoyed his bit roles. That was until he took over broader parts like in â€śThe Ten,â€ť â€śThe Oh In Ohioâ€ť and â€śOver Her Dead Body.â€ť But now, I feel Rudd has grown into a mainstream comical lead. Heâ€™s also now one of the guys that Iâ€™d go see a movie, just because heâ€™s in it.