Posted on Sunday, April 24th, 2011 by Angie Han
One film I’ve been looking forward to is Our Idiot Brother (formerly known as My Idiot Brother), which premiered at Sundance earlier this year to warm, if not spectacular, reviews. Jesse Peretz‘s dramedy stars Paul Rudd as a good-hearted but dim man who gets passed around between his three sisters (Elizabeth Banks, Zooey Deschanel and Emily Mortimer) as he tries to get his life together after his latest set of mishaps — one of which involved selling weed to a uniformed police officer. He’s that dumb. Watch the trailer after the jump.
Rudd has proved in the past to be a very reliably funny, likable actor, and he looks just as solid here as he usually does. The rest of the cast looks great as well — in addition to the names mentioned above, Our Idiot Brother also stars Rashida Jones (in hipster granny glasses!), T.J. Miller, Hugh Dancy, Adam Scott and Steve Coogan. Dave called the film “lovable” and “enjoyable” but “inconsequential” in his review from Sundance, and that’s the feeling I’m getting from the trailer as well. Our Idiot Brother doesn’t look particularly impressive or daring, but it does look like a pleasant way to pass a sticky summer afternoon.
Our Idiot Brother will open in theaters August 26.
Despite looking for the good in every situation and the best in every person, Ned always seems to find himself holding the short end of the stick—being conned into selling pot to a uniformed cop, being dumped by his girlfriend, and worse yet, losing custody of his beloved dog, Willie Nelson. When he turns to family, he is passed from sister to sister while he gets back on his feet. Ned’s best intentions produce hilariously disastrous results, bringing the family to the cusp of chaos and ultimately the brink of clarity.
Discuss: Will you see Our Idiot Brother?