Paul Rudd stars in this witty and highly relatable comedy about that one family member who is always just a little bit behind the curve. For sisters Miranda (Elizabeth Banks), Natalie (Zooey Deschanel), and Liz (Emily Mortimer) that person is their upbeat brother Ned, an organic farmer whose willingness to rely on honesty and trusting of humankind allows for a trouble-free existence. Ned may be utterly lacking in common sense, but he is their brother and after his girlfriend dumps him and boots him off the farm, his sisters once again come to his rescue. As Liz, Emily and Natalie each take a turn at housing Ned, their brother's unfailing commitment to honesty creates more than a few messes in their comfortable routines. But after seeing life through Ned’s optimistic perspective, his family comes to realize that maybe, Ned isn't such an idiot after all.
Does trusting others, expecting the best from people, and speaking honestly make a person a role model or an idiot? Ned (Paul Rudd) gets into trouble with the law because of his idealistic ways and compassion for others, and things don't get much easier after he's served his time in prison. Released with nowhere to go and denied even the friendship of his own dog, he looks to his family for support. Ned tries living with his mother (Shirley Knight), which just doesn't work out, and then two of his three sisters (Zooey Deschanel, Elizabeth Banks, and Emily Mortimer), but his presence seems to disrupt relationships no matter where he lands--and his effect on the success of his sisters' businesses isn't any more positive. The funny thing is, Ned's total disruption of his sisters' lives actually provides each sister with something she never realized she was missing. Our Idiot Brother
is a light comedy that's full of absurd situations and stereotypical characters. There are plenty of opportunities to chuckle and laugh out loud at the ridiculousness of some of the situations that Ned and his family find themselves in, but the film also suggests that perhaps honesty and believing in others are more important than social niceties. Bonus features include commentary with director Jesse Peretz, deleted and extended scenes, and a 14-minute making-of documentary. --Tami Horiuchi