Our Idiot Brother

Rated R (MPAA) 90 min. 2011

This Paul Rudd vehicle is like a movie soufflé, light and sweet and easy to dig into despite its lack of nutritious substance. Rudd plays Ned, a shaggy stoner whose good heart and unfiltered honesty lands him first in jail as the movie begins. Once free again, these same qualities upset the personal and professional lives of his three sisters, the promiscuous Natalie (Zooey Deschanel), the tightly wound Miranda (Elizabeth Banks) and harried mom Liz (Emily Mortimer). Ned’s not so much dumb as utterly guileless, and Rudd plays him with a similarly trusting generosity, allowing a supporting cast that also includes Steve Coogan, Rashida Jones and Adam Scott to shine. This is a comedy that makes up for a lack of belly laughs and quotable lines with its easygoing spirit. –Matt Semansky

Film Credits

Official Site: www.ouridiotbrother.com

Director: Jesse Peretz

Writer: Evgenia Peretz and David Schisgall

Producer: Anthony Bregman, Peter Saraf and Marc Turtletaub

Cast: Paul Rudd, Elizabeth Banks, Zooey Deschanel, Emily Mortimer, Steve Coogan, Hugh Dancy, Rashida Jones, Kathryn Hahn, Shirley Knight and TJ Miller

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