ABC Film Challenge – Comedy – N – Our Idiot Brother (2011) Movie Review

This is going under N because of the main character Ned.

Director: Jesse Peretz

Writer: Evgenia Peretz, David Schisgall (Screenplay)

Starring: Paul Rudd, Elizabeth Banks, Adam Scott, Rashida Jones, Zooey Deschanel, Emily Mortimer, Steve Coogan, Kathryn Hahn

Plot: A comedy centered on an idealist who barges into the lives of his three sisters.


Tagline – Everybody has one.

Runtime: 1 Hour 30 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Verdict: Nice Drama on Life

Story: Our Idiot Brother starts when serial slacker Ned (Rudd) gets busted once again, needing his family to support him when he gets out of jail, with Miranda (Banks), Natalie (Deschanel) and Liz (Mortimer) taking it in turns to help him get back on his feet.

As Ned spends time with each of his sisters, each with different lives, he helps them with different ideas to get more out of their lives, all while trying to find his own place in life.

Thoughts on Our Idiot Brother

Characters – Ned is the simple brother in the family, he gets in trouble trying to sell drugs to a cop, he needs to try and sort his life of before it spirals out of control, with each of his sisters offering to help him, while he unwittingly helps them change their lives. Miranda is the ambitions reporter, putting her career ahead of anything else in her life, she often looks down on the rest of the family. Natalie is the bisexual free spirited comedian who is trapped in a place in life where she knows she needs to take things more seriously in life. Liz is the sister that got married and settled down, only for her to get caught in the middle of a routine, and questions about her husband.

PerformancesPaul Rudd in the leading role is funny, bringing the harmless nature to his character to life with ease. Elizabeth Banks, Zooey Deschanel and Emily Mortimer work very well as the sisters, with the different traits for the stages of life.

StoryThe story here follows a slacker brother that needs his sisters after getting out of jail, only to find himself being part of the changes they need to make in life. This is told in a way where the three sisters are caught in a position of wanting to blame the brother over their own fault or the person who is actually to blame for the problems they are facing. We get the core idea that family is important and you will need to start to listen to them and turn to them for advice in life.

ComedyThe comedy comes from seeing how Ned gets through the days without taking anything too serious, along with how things can get out of hand.

SettingsThe film shows the different houses that sisters live in, which reflects their position in their own lives.


Scene of the Movie – River visits Ned in jail.

That Moment That Annoyed Me – Some of the sisters stories don’t feel as serious as the others.

Final Thoughts This is a fun comedy that does everything you would expect, the cast are wonderful and we get to learn the true meaning of family.

Overall: Enjoyable.

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