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Our Idiot Brother

HD   14A Closed Captioning

Jesse Peretz

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About the Movie

Paul Rudd stars in this witty and highly relatable comedy about that one family member who is always just a little bit behind the curve. For sisters Miranda (Elizabeth Banks), Natalie (Zooey Deschanel) and Liz (Emily Mortimer), that person is their upbeat brother Ned, an organic farmer whose willingness to rely on the honesty and goodwill of humankind is a less-than-optimal strategy for a tidy, trouble-free existence. Ned may be utterly lacking in common sense, but he is their brother, and after his girlfriend dumps him and boots him off the farm, his sisters must once again come to his rescue. As Miranda, Natalie and Liz each take turns at housing Ned, their brother’s unfailing commitment to honesty creates more than a few messes in their comfortable routines. But after seeing life through Ned’s optimistic perspective, his family comes to realize that maybe Ned isn’t such an idiot after all.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 136
  • Fresh: 92
  • Rotten: 44
  • Average Rating: 6.2/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: It's a warm, intelligent and highly contemporary comedy with just the right amount of edge, a terrific ensemble cast and a big, fuzzy golden retriever ready to knock you down and lick you like a giant lollipop. – Andrew O'Hehir,, Aug 25, 2011

Fresh: Rudd brings color and dimension to a borderline-simpleton schlub who could have easily become a one-note cliche. – Alexis Loinaz, Chicago Tribune, Oct 24, 2011

Fresh: Despite a pleasantly laid-back demeanor, you wish it would just get focused. – Joe Neumaier, New York Daily News, Aug 26, 2011

Rotten: Rudd has created a genuinely engaging character in the Candide-like Ned, but "Our Idiot Brother" gives him very little garden to cultivate. – Ann Hornaday, Washington Post, Aug 26, 2011

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Customer Reviews

Where have all the good writers gone

Don't waste your time.

Good Idea Gone Bad

This one may have been a good idea on paper however it's final product is a miss. Where Little Miss Sunshine combines adult humor with campy wholesomeness, Our Idiot Brother does neither very well.

Rent it don't buy it, or better yet rent something else.

Worst movie I've ever seen

I went with my brother and his friend to see this is theaters, and the only reason we stayed the whole time was due to it supposed to be a nice night out... Huge disappointment, don't waste your money.