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Our Idiot Brother

by

Jeff Nelson

Our Idiot Brother isn't the most memorable of films, but it's a decent movie.

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The title and the film itself are very similar. They're both very direct and get to the point. It doesn't get much more straight-forward than Our Idiot Brother. A lot of modern comedies try way too hard to be funny, which makes the movie come off as forced. Audiences aren't able to click with a piece of cinema that comes across as trying too hard to be something it isn't. Fortunately, Our Idiot Brother doesn't fall into this category. It knows what type of movie it is and simply flows.

Ned is a seemingly clueless idealist who must rely upon his three sisters for shelter and support after he's dumped by his fed-up-girlfriend and loses custody of his beloved dog, Willie Nelson. As he wreaks havoc on his sisters' lives, Ned's earnestness shines through until his siblings realize that family ties take priority over wealth and position. The story itself is very simple and the character arches are extremely familiar. However, the film isn't trying to have shocking twists and turns. Ned is a charming character and it's hard to not enjoy the role. Our Idiot Brother focuses on the drama between Ned and his sisters as he moves from one sibling's house to another. The comedy isn't the constant and laugh-out-loud humor some may be expecting, but has much more comedy that will make you chuckle. Nevertheless, this is a fun movie that moves naturally and never drags. This is a feel-good comedy that stresses the important of the connection of family.

The cast can truly make or break a film such as this. The connection between the characters is crucial, as is the chemistry between the actors. Fortunately, this group of actors gel together quite well. Paul Rudd is as believable as he is likable as Ned. His sisters are played by Elizabeth Banks, Zooey Deschanel, and Emily mortimer respectively. The performances by them feel natural. A cast that overacts could have absolutely destroyed Our Idiot Brother, but this talented group of actors do the screenplay justice.

Even though it isn't ground-breaking, Our Idiot Brother is a solid film. Viewers are sure to walk away from this one feeling warm. The characters and the story itself are very predictable, but it doesn't ruin the fun to be had along the way. However, the movie does present how society judges the goodhearted yet misunderstood. There are many different perspectives held around the world and Ned's is a sweet, yet naive one. Our Idiot Brother isn't the most memorable of films, but it's a decent movie.

My Rating = Three and One Half Stars

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