Our Idiot Brother

I think that most people try and avoid stereotyping. But fortunately for you, I am not most people.

When you hear that a film is one of the favorites from the Sundance Film Festival you tend to think about an upper class, wine drinking, scarf wearing, latte sipping, yuppy crowd gushing over a movie that won't relate to the majority of the American population.

I don't think it's stereotyping if it is dead on.

During the 2011 Sundance Film Festival my wife and I tried to get tickets to see Our Idiot Brother, the latest comedy starring one of our favorite actors, Paul Rudd. At the time we failed miserably but we were able to redeem ourselves by dominating the self serve ticket machine at the Cinemark and grabbing 2 tickets for today's show.

The movie focuses on Ned, a fun-loving, genuinely good person who had the misfortune of selling marijuana to a uniformed police officer. After spending the better part of a year behind bars he finds himself without his girlfriend of 3 years, and missing his golden retriever and best friend, Willy Nelson. Ned moves in with his mother upon his release but quickly realizes that he needs to find a more age appropriate place to stay.

Ned has the benefit of having 3 lovely sisters all willing to do whatever they can to help him out. Despite his honesty and big heart getting him in trouble with all 3 of them, they quickly see that if everyone saw the world the same way that Ned did, the world would be a much better place.

A really great cast surrounds Rudd in this movie. His sisters are played by Elizabeth Banks, Zooey Deschanel, and Emily Mortimer, not to mention a guest starring role from Rashida Jones.

This movie has some parts that will crack you up, but others that will lull you to sleep. It sort of reminds me of the kid that you all knew in school that truly means well, and doesn't have a bad bone in their body, but are just annoying enough that you won't go out of your way to hang out with them.

I left the theater a little disappointed that with a cast this great that the movie fell that far short of my expectations.

I blame Rashida Jones' glasses.

Our Idiot Brother
Directed by: Jesse Peretz
Written by: David Schisgall, and Evgenia Peretz
Starring: Paul Rudd, Elizabeth Banks, and Zooey Deschanel
My Rating: 2.5 out of 5
Would Gene Pick it?: Yes, but wait for the DVD

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