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Our Idiot Brother (2011)

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67

Average Rating: 6.2/10
Reviews Counted: 134
Fresh: 90 | Rotten: 44

It's decidedly uneven, but like Paul Rudd's performance in the title role, Our Idiot Brother is too charming to resist.

66

Average Rating: 6.2/10
Critic Reviews: 41
Fresh: 27 | Rotten: 14

It's decidedly uneven, but like Paul Rudd's performance in the title role, Our Idiot Brother is too charming to resist.

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Average Rating: 3.2/5
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Every family has one: the sibling who is always just a little bit behind the curve when it comes to getting his life together. For sisters Liz (Emily Mortimer), Miranda (Elizabeth Banks) and Natalie (Zooey Deschanel), that person is their perennially upbeat brother Ned (Paul Rudd), an erstwhile organic farmer whose willingness to rely on the honesty of mankind is a less-than-optimum strategy for a tidy, trouble-free existence. Ned may be utterly lacking in common sense, but he is their brother

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David Schisgall

Nov 29, 2011

$24.8M

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All Critics (134) | Top Critics (41) | Fresh (90) | Rotten (44) | DVD (2)

Rudd brings color and dimension to a borderline-simpleton schlub who could have easily become a one-note cliché.

September 3, 2011 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune
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Strange, then, how Our Idiot Brother wastes its lone asset -- there's not enough idiot, and far too many boring savants.

August 26, 2011 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Comment (1)
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It's rare that summer ends on as sweet a note as Our Idiot Brother.

August 26, 2011 Full Review Source: Detroit News
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The cast members, beginning with Rudd, have an improvisatory ease, and the director, Jesse Peretz, working from a script by Evgenia Peretz and David Schisgall, doesn't indulge in the sort of nail-on-the-head comedy that currently reigns.

August 26, 2011 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor
Christian Science Monitor
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Even the usually likable Rudd can't do much with the enigmatic Ned, who often behaves exactly in the idiotic manner he's accused of.

August 26, 2011 Full Review Source: Miami Herald
Miami Herald
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Dude, where's the movie?

August 26, 2011 Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Comments (4)
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This inane comedy lives down to its title.

June 30, 2013 Full Review Source: Big Hollywood
Big Hollywood

Makes you want to go home and turn on your television.

June 22, 2013 Full Review Source: Deadspin
Deadspin

Our Idiot Brother is an enjoyable comedy thanks to its strong supporting cast and a terrific central performance from Paul Rudd.

February 28, 2013 Full Review Source: We Got This Covered
We Got This Covered

Rudd can play the innocent as well as the snarky cynic, and that serves him wonderfully here.

January 10, 2013 Full Review Source: McClatchy-Tribune News Service
McClatchy-Tribune News Service

'Cute' is probably not the word one would expect to attach to a film with this title, but there is no more apropos term for its gentle comic charm.

February 10, 2012 Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com
TheMovieReport.com

"Our Idiot Brother" goes down in a good way, with an infectious positivity.

December 28, 2011 Full Review Source: Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)

Another fish-out-of-water story, 'Our Idiot Brother' never really makes a huge impact. It contains a few laughs certainly, but it's not one of the outstanding entries in this year's adult comedy genre.

December 22, 2011 Full Review Source: KWQC-TV (Iowa)
KWQC-TV (Iowa)

The sometimes mediocre and rote script never falls too far in quality because of the charm of the cast.

December 13, 2011 Full Review Source: 7M Pictures | Comments (2)
7M Pictures

A sweet and at times raunchy comedy, Our Idiot Brother features Paul Rudd at his likeable best in his portrayal of a liberal Jesus figure stuck in a rut.

November 8, 2011 Full Review Source: Matt's Movie Reviews
Matt's Movie Reviews

It has its moments but, for the most part, I found it to be flat and disappointing.

November 4, 2011 Full Review Source: ABC Radio Brisbane
ABC Radio Brisbane

Lugubrious, bumbling and sit-com predictable, Our Idiot Brother has a couple of good ideas, no style, an episodic structure and some charming incidental pleasures, not the least of which are the performances, which are good.

November 3, 2011 Full Review Source: sbs.com.au
sbs.com.au

What I liked about the film is that there is a very good cast. I think all the women in the film are terrific actors.

November 3, 2011 Full Review Source: At the Movies (Australia)
At the Movies (Australia)

Charming and at times very funny.

November 3, 2011 Full Review Source: At the Movies (Australia)
At the Movies (Australia)

While no one would hail Our Idiot Brother as the most accessible movie comedy of 2011, it is definitely the one most comfortable in its skin.

November 3, 2011 Full Review Source: Herald Sun (Australia)
Herald Sun (Australia)

Surrounded by caricatures and a bit of schmaltz, this comedy is bolstered by a charismatic lead performance from Paul Rudd.

November 3, 2011 Full Review Source: FILMINK (Australia)
FILMINK (Australia)

Light and funny, Our Idiot Brother is an easy watch thanks to well-shaped, realistic characters and an entertaining story with moral fibre.

November 3, 2011 Full Review Source: MovieFIX
MovieFIX

There is nothing mean about the humour nor does it rely on creating embarrassment to elicit the uncomfortable laughs.

November 2, 2011 Full Review Source: Cinema Autopsy
Cinema Autopsy

The film has a two-tone sensibility, mixing rumpus fun with attempts at meaningful observational drama, and it's a bit simplistic, but has enough entertainment value to pass muster. Just.

October 29, 2011 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

Our Idiot Brother is not a gross-out comedy. Rather, it's a sensitive, soulful movie more focused on moments of human fallibility than on farting.

September 16, 2011 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

A pleasant-enough trifle that ensnares itself in the uneasy middle ground between indie drama and dumb-guy comedy.

September 12, 2011 Full Review Source: Lessons of Darkness
Lessons of Darkness

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December 25, 2013
spielberg00

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Maybe it is because the film was poorly advertised and completely mis-sold that I found it a big surprise, I think it helped, but I really liked My Idiot Brother. It's not preachy and nor does it attempt any subliminal lessons (or obvious ones for the matter). I laughed quite a few times but the humour is generally subtle rather than laugh out loud obnoxious - something the kids need these days to describe anything as funny (or 'too funny' like that's possible). Paul Rudd goes easy on the ad-lib front which was a relief, I hope he looks back at this film from time to time to see that it isn't always necessary (and that he can't do it very well). It also is slap-stick free, thank goodness. His character is probably one of the best he's played so far in his career, it's a real shame that this film seems to have been forgotten so soon after release. I can only imagine the Adam Sandler fans who thought this film was for them were disappointed while the non-Adam Sandler fans didn't see it. Go see it non-Adam Sandler fans!
September 30, 2013
SirPant

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Ned: I like to think that if you put your trust out there; if you really give people the benefit of the doubt, see their best intentions, people will rise to the occasion.

"Everybody has one."

Our Idiot Brother may be what you expect, but it may also be a big surprise if you go into it expecting a comedy like we're expecting to see come out today. It's not as raunchy, it's definitely not as mean as most, and it just has an overall niceness to it. A lot of this "niceness" comes from our lead, Ned, who is one of those guys that's so nice, it makes him look dumb. He's a guy so nice that he'd trust someone to hole all his cash on a subway while he cleans up a mess. He's a guy so nice that he'd sell weed to a police officer, as long as the police officer acted sad and said he had a bad week. Ned just believes that everyone is as nice and honest as he is. Too bad that's not the world that we all populate.

Ned is imprisoned early on in Our Idiot Brother for selling weed to a police officer. Once he gets out, he goes to his old place of residence; an organic farm, where he used to live with his girlfriend. Upon arriving he sees that his girlfriend has gotten a new Ned, someone just as dumb and just as nice to take Ned's place. After leaving the farm and Willy Nelson(his dog), he goes back to his family. From their he moves in with each of his three sisters at some point, complicating their lives because of his honest ways. 

Along with some pretty stellar writing, a great cast makes his movie a lot of fun to watch. Paul Rudd is perfect as Ned, and his three sisters are made u of Elizabeth Banks, Zooey Deschanel, and Emily Mortimer. Four siblings for a comedy like Our Idiot Brother doesn't get too much better than those four. The movie also has a beautiful theme at the heart of it and it's one of those few mainstream comedies that I like because of its themes and not because of its over-the-top humor.

Our Idiot Brother is a movie worth watching, especially for fans of Paul Rudd, as this is one of his more vibrant and fun performances to date. Even if you don't end up liking the movie for whatever reason, you're still sure to enjoy the character of Ned. We've all met someone like this that throws their trust at everyone and anyone. So while this film isn't going to change your life, it's still well worth a look.
May 12, 2013
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    1. Jeremy: She's reading. A kind of novelization of Us Weekly.
    – Submitted by Frances H (18 months ago)
    1. Miranda: No, he's nobody. That's my brother, Ned.
    – Submitted by Frances H (18 months ago)
    1. Ned: I live my life a certain way. And that is, I like to think ig you put your trust out there, I mean you give people the benefit of the doubt, see their best intentions, they'll want to live up to it. It doesn't always work out, clearly, but I think that if you do people will rise to the occasion.
    – Submitted by Frances H (18 months ago)
    1. Jeremy: Just cause you're straight doesn't make you homophobic.
    – Submitted by Alfonso L (19 months ago)
    1. Omar: I..... am..... your..... parole..... officer.....
    2. Ned: Why are you talking like that?
    3. Omar: Oh, well I thought, since you sold grass to an officer in uniform, that you might be retarded.
    – Submitted by Kristen S (2 years ago)
    1. Billy: Nothing like two dudes and a dog making candles.
    2. Ned: Such a cliche.
    – Submitted by Tim D (2 years ago)
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