Our Idiot Brother [Blu-ray]
Frequently Bought Together
Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought
Top Customer Reviews
Paul Rudd plays the titular lead, the so-called idiot brother. Rudd, always a strong comedic presence, doesn't get enough credit for being a genuinely terrific actor with unexpected range. Here, his character is so guileless and so genuine that he opts to see only the very best in people. His honesty, innocence, and willingness to really connect with others sometimes gets him into hot water. He seems unwilling or unable to plug into the negative energy stream, and just wants to live free and love. So silly, so sweet, and so surprisingly smart--there are quite a few layers at work here. I think it's a great performance. Elizabeth Banks, Zooey Deschanel, and Emily Mortimer are Rudd's trio of sisters. Each is navigating a complicated personal crisis and Rudd's return home from prison wreaks havoc on their carefully constructed lives. But is he really the problem? Or might there be a method to his madness?
Part of why I enjoyed "Our Idiot Brother" so much was that it had the potential to be a disaster.Read more ›
Ned (Rudd) is an organic farmer who is just too nice. So nice that he readily sells marijuana to someone he KNOWS is a cop. Of course, he only accepted money from the officer because said policeman INSISTED on paying for it... Ned was just going to give it away.
That tells you the kind of person Ned is... nice to the point of stupidity.
Once he gets out of jail and on probation, he pretty much plays a game of round robin, living alternately with his three sisters who each have their own issues that Ned can't help but complicate. Miranda (Elizabeth Banks) is trying to track down a story that she could source Ned on... if only he would lie (which he won't). Natalie (Zooey Deschanel) is pregnant, normally something to celebrate if she weren't in a committed relationship with another woman (Rashida Jones), a fact which Ned can't keep to himself. And, finally, Liz (Emily Mortimer) is married to a frustrating git of a pseudo-artiste husband (played here brilliantly by Steve Coogan as the guy you love to hate) whom Ned finds out is cheating on her.
Jesse Peretz has put together a great cast that gels well in all of their roles and the movie only suffers here and there in terms of delivery, pacing and overall plotting.
I loved Katy Hahn and TJ Miller as Ned's ex and her new boyfriend respectively. It especially worked in the denouement when we finally find out Ned's fate in terms of life and love.Read more ›
The movie wasn't laugh-out loud hilarious for the most part, but I found it thoroughly engrossing. I was entertained the entire movie. Paul Rudd amazes me with how incredibly adorable and loveable he manages to be in EVERY movie in completely different characters. His childishly irresponsible, carefree hippie attitude could EASILY have been frustratingly annoying but managed to be sweet and quirky instead. Some of the funniest scenes were between Paul Rudd and his hippie ex-girlfriend; "Stop the violence, man! You're making me raise my voice!"
The characters were superb, from Elizabeth Banks as the driven, high-maintenance, bossy sister, to Emily Mortimer as the sweet, mousey, loving mommy-sister, to Zooey Deschanel as the wild, carefree, experimental sister with growing up to do. All of the characters (including Paul Rudd's) manage to grow throughout the movie. The only character who was a bit vague was Paul Rudd's mother played by Shirley Knight, an actress I love and therefore wanted to see more of.
This was definitely intended as a sweet, quirky, feel-good comedy and pulled it off quite well. I would definitely recommend this movie. The movie could probably have been PG-13 in my opinion. There is probably the one 3-some scene that pushed it into R but that was definitely one of the funniest scenes of the movie and nothing "bad." The movie allows you see through Ned's (Paul Rudd) eyes; a person who deeply believes in the best in people. Because of this, almost every character is loveable and has redeeming qualities. Both men and women will enjoy this entertaining comedy!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Funny and Heartfelt. I like movies that make me think about my own judgements of others.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
It wasn't terrible, but none of the jokes were really laugh out loud funny, and the plot/characters were really one dimensional. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Dwight Biddle
My son recommended this movie and he and I watched it together. I really enjoyed it.Published 3 months ago by Kelly Ann Dodd