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MOVIE REVIEW--Our Idiot Brother - Ladue News: Arts & Entertainment

MOVIE REVIEW--Our Idiot Brother

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Posted: Friday, September 2, 2011 2:29 pm | Updated: 2:32 pm, Fri Sep 2, 2011.

I have to admit, I didn’t have high hopes for this film. The trailer looked stupid, and the last thing I want to see handsome Paul Rudd do is go ‘hippie grunge.’ Nevertheless, I gave it a go and I’m glad I did. This movie won’t rock your world, but it’s a charming little dra-medy.

Ned (Rudd) is a naïve child in a man’s body. The film opens with his selling pot to a uniformed police officer. After eight months in jail, he returns home to his organic farm to discover his witch of a granola girlfriend has replaced him and taken his beloved dog, Willie Nelson. Ned is then forced to move in with each of his three sisters: Miranda (Elizabeth Banks), a flinty aspiring magazine writer; Natalie (Zooey Deschanel), a sexual free spirit; and Liz (Emily Mortimer), a frazzled mother in an unhappy marriage. Ned proceeds to simultaneously spread joy and ruin the lives of all three women. If you predict things work out in the end, give yourself a gold star.

There you have it—a short, little review for a short, little film. The acting is excellent from all the siblings, as well as the supporting cast which includes Rudd’s Anchorman cast mate Kathryn Hahn and his Knocked Up co-star Adam Scott. If we ever get a break from the dry weather, this would be a pleasant way to spend a rainy afternoon.

It's a 7.

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