Our Idiot Brother

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Released 2011

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Director:
Jesse Peretz
Released:
2011
Rating:
R
Sisters Liz, Miranda (Elizabeth Banks of TV's 30 ROCK, ZACK & MIRI MAKE A PORNO, ROLE MODELS) and Natalie (Zooey Deschanel of (500) DAYS OF SUMMER, YES MAN, TV's THE NEW GIRL), have an idiot for a brother. Perennially upbeat Ned (Paul Rudd of I LOVE YOU MAN, DINNER FOR SCHMUCKS, 40-YEAR-OLD VIRGIN), an erstwhile organic farmer, is utterly lacking in common sense. After his girlfriend dumps him and boots him off their farm, Ned turns to his sisters, who once again come to his rescue, each taking a turn housing their troublemaker sibling. Ned's unfailing commitment to honesty creates more than a few messes in their comfortable routines, but as the sisters' lives begin to unravel, they come to realize that maybe, in his steadfast optimism, Ned isn't such an idiot after all.

Metacritic Score

  • 70

    The New York Times A.O. Scott

    A thin, unconvincing movie made likable by the charm and skill of its cast and by a script peppered with wit and insight.

  • 70

    Los Angeles Times Betsy Sharkey

    The comedy isn't always as crisp as it should be, but Peretz has the perfect partner in crime in Rudd.

  • 50

    Variety Justin Chang

    Picture needs every ounce of goodwill it can wring from Rudd's likable lead performance to offset a sour, borderline misogynistic streak for which scattered snickers offer only mod...

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