Brother's Justice (2011)

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In an attempt to shake up his career, actor Dax Shepard makes the decision to abandon comedy in pursuit of his true dream: to become an internationally-renown martial arts star. Without any formal martial arts training, or any real funding for his 'blockbuster' action movie script, Dax enlists the help of his buddies including producer Nate Tuck and actor Tom Arnold. Together, they work towards Dax's true passion while facing rejection at every turn. With maniacal conviction, Dax journeys on a bizarre path that becomes increasingly nonsensical and destructive, all at the expense and exploitation of his personal and professional relationships. BROTHER'S JUSTICE marks Dax Shepard's directorial debut, co-directed by David Palmer. The Hollywood satire also features performances by Bradley Cooper and David Koechner (ANCHORMAN), among others. -- (C) Tribeca
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NR
Genre:
Comedy , Drama
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Cast

Dax Shepard
as Himself
Nate Tuck
as Himself
Greg Siegel
as Himself
Jamie Feldman
as Himself
Andrew Panay
as Himself
Jamie Feldman
as Himself
Ashton Kutcher
as Himself
Tom Arnold
as Himself
Jon Favreau
as Himself
Bradley Cooper
as Himself
David Koechner
as Himself
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Critic Reviews for Brother's Justice

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (6)

A vanity project about a vanity project, Dax Shepard's shambling mockumentary is more likable than its description suggests.

Full Review… | September 8, 2011
New York Daily News
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Flailing, ultralow-budget...

Full Review… | September 8, 2011
New York Times
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Reeks of a throwaway joke that should have been left to die; even at a mere 80 minutes, this halfhearted Tinseltown satire still feels padded.

Full Review… | September 6, 2011
Time Out
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It's an easy watch that nonetheless consistently feels like a grazing blow rather than a knockout.

Full Review… | September 6, 2011
Variety
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Like an overlong episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm with none of the wit and twice the irritation.

Full Review… | June 13, 2011
Village Voice
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Better to revisit such memorable Hollywood satires as "The Big Picture" or "For Your Consideration" before indulging Shepard's uninspired whimsy.

Full Review… | May 12, 2011
Los Angeles Times
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Audience Reviews for Brother's Justice

*1/2 (out of four) Dax Shepard wote and co-produced this painfully misguided mockumentary that misses virtually every target it is aiming at. It could have been a biting commentary on how the movie business works, but instead it is just a mindless set of unfunny situations. Shepard pretends that a hired cameraman is following him around as he tries to get the idiotically plotted movie called "Brother's Justice" produced. He asks help from or has run ins with people like Tom Arnold, Ashton Kutcher, and Bradley Cooper. The problem here is that a successful mockumentary like "This Is Spinal Tap" or "Best in Show" needs to at least have the appearance of being real. Nothing in "Brother's Justice" feels real. Every situation is obviously set-up and has zero feel of authenticty. Of course everyone is in on the joke, but they shouldn't appear like they are. Shepard runs around acting like things are funnier than they actually are. I think he should have taken this in a different direction, like Sasha Baron Cohen did with "Borat". It might have had something to it if everyone wasn't in on the joke and some executives thought he was serious about this project. That would have been funny and showed an interesting angle to Hollywood.

Steve Smith
Steve Smith

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