Saturday, August 27, 2011

Our Idiot Brother

Our Idiot Brother
Directed by: Jesse Peretz
Written by: David Schisgall and Evgenia Peretz

The story of an idealistic man who barges into the lives of his three sisters

Paul Rudd has done it again, he has starred in another great comedy. This time playing the odd ball, Ned. It is nice to see Paul Rudd play a character outside the box again. He is great as the laid back father figure but his odd ball roles are always the best. I really enjoyed this film which reminded me of last years CYRUS starring John C Reilly and Jonah Hill.

This film must have been a blast to film for Paul Rudd. He got to star and act opposite four beautiful woman who are all very talented. One sister being played by Elizabeth Banks, who is a bossy, self centered person who is too blind to see she likes her neighbor, played by Adam Scott. As small as Adam Scott’s role is he was one of my favorite characters. The second sister is played by Emily Mortimer who is in a dysfunctional marriage with Steve Coogans’ character. They also have a kid which Paul Rudd has a lot screen time with. The last sister is played by Zooey Deschanel who is in a long term lesbian relationship with Rashida Jones’ character, but seems to be a bisexual rather than a lesbian. It was just fun to see those two make out. Each of the sisters get a couple scenes to star opposite Paul Rudd where he manages to cause havoc in there lives, which inevitably leads to them passing him along to the next sister

Paul Rudd takes the cake in acting though. His character Ned, is priceless and finds himself in interesting situations because he is naive and gullible. He tries to help all of the sister’s with their lives in different ways but ruins all of their lives in the process. I might be bold enough to say that this is my favorite Paul Rudd role.

The one issue I had with the film was that everything seemed to work out in the end way to easily and everybody got their happy ending. The film had a lot of heart to it and I think the heart of the film would have been even bigger if one of them didn’t have a happy ending. This film was full of laughs and very enjoyable and if you have time to hit the theaters, this is the film to see.

Rating: 8.5/10

Extra Tidbit: I think its funny that two of the woman that are playing Paul Rudd’s sisters in this film have played his wife or girlfriend in a previous film.

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