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Our Idiot Brother (2011)

TOMATOMETER

Average Rating: 6.2/10
Reviews Counted: 135
Fresh: 91
Rotten: 44

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

Average Rating: 6.2/10
Reviews Counted: 42
Fresh: 27
Rotten: 15

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

AUDIENCE SCORE

Average Rating: 3.2/5
User Ratings: 39,850

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Movie Info

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 … More

Rating:
R (for sexual content including nudity, and for language throughout)
Genre:
Comedy
Directed By:
Written By:
Evgenia Peretz , David Schisgall
In Theaters:
On DVD:
Nov 29, 2011
Box Office:
$24.8M
Runtime:
The Weinstein Company - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for Our Idiot Brother

All Critics (135) | Top Critics (42) | Fresh (91) | Rotten (44) | DVD (2)

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

Full Review… | September 3, 2011
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

Strange, then, how Our Idiot Brother wastes its lone asset -- there's not enough idiot, and far too many boring savants.

Full Review… | August 26, 2011
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

It's rare that summer ends on as sweet a note as Our Idiot Brother.

Full Review… | August 26, 2011
Detroit News
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | August 26, 2011
Christian Science Monitor
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | August 26, 2011
Miami Herald
Top Critic

Dude, where's the movie?

Full Review… | August 26, 2011
Newark Star-Ledger
Top Critic

... a film that largely earns its laughs honestly.

Full Review… | July 8, 2014

This inane comedy lives down to its title.

Full Review… | June 30, 2013
Big Hollywood

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

Full Review… | June 22, 2013
Deadspin

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

Full Review… | February 28, 2013
We Got This Covered

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

Full Review… | January 10, 2013
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.

Full Review… | February 10, 2012
TheMovieReport.com

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

Full Review… | December 28, 2011
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.

Full Review… | December 22, 2011
KWQC-TV (Iowa)

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

Full Review… | December 13, 2011
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.

Full Review… | November 8, 2011
Matt's Movie Reviews

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

Full Review… | November 4, 2011
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.

Full Review… | November 3, 2011
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.

Full Review… | November 3, 2011
At the Movies (Australia)

Charming and at times very funny.

Full Review… | November 3, 2011
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.

Full Review… | November 3, 2011
Herald Sun (Australia)

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

Full Review… | November 3, 2011
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.

Full Review… | November 3, 2011
MovieFIX

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

Full Review… | November 2, 2011
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.

Full Review… | October 29, 2011
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.

Full Review… | September 16, 2011
Combustible Celluloid

Audience Reviews for Our Idiot Brother

½

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spielberg00
Alexander Diminiano

Super Reviewer

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!

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SirPant
Anthony Lawrie

Super Reviewer

½

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.

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Melvin White

Super Reviewer

½

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Directors Cat

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Our Idiot Brother Quotes


Jeremy:
She's reading. A kind of novelization of Us Weekly.
– Submitted by Frances H (24 months ago)
Miranda:
No, he's nobody. That's my brother, Ned.
– Submitted by Frances H (24 months ago)
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 (24 months ago)
Jeremy:
Just cause you're straight doesn't make you homophobic.
– Submitted by Alfonso L (2 years ago)
Omar:
I..... am..... your..... parole..... officer.....
Ned:
Why are you talking like that?
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)
Billy:
Nothing like two dudes and a dog making candles.
Ned:
Such a cliche.
– Submitted by Tim D (3 years ago)

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