Our Idiot Brother
Sometimes you walk into the DVD store and come across a deal too good to pass up; Four films for twenty dollars. An array of quirky indie films affront you, most fall disappointingly short of the mark however, occasionally you find a gem. Our Idiot Brother is one of those remarkable gems.
Paul Rudd plays Ned, the kind of human being we all wish we had the patience and optimism to be. Constantly buoyant and all too trusting, Ned finds himself being tricked into selling weed to a uniformed police officer. Upon returning home from prison he finds his girlfriend has moved on and won’t give up his beloved dog, Willie Nelson. So Ned finds himself back home with his mother, we are introduced to his three vastly different sisters, played by Elizabeth Banks, Zooey Deschanel and Emily Mortimer, whom all (some rather reluctantly) take him in, and herein the merriment and hilarity begins.
This film is a breath of fresh air. Paul Rudd‘s lovable character just can’t stop being a great guy always looking for the best in people doesn’t always have the result he desires, that they will live up to his expectations. On his quest to regain custody of his best friend and dog, he manages to uproot the lives of his sisters, or so they tell themselves that he is the reason for their unraveling lives. Also for those of you whom don’t like Zooey Deschanel, your reasons I myself cannot fathom, she is quite toned down in this film compared to her usual bubbly roles though still holding her adorable quirk.
This is the sort of film that will evoke loud laughs, tears of happiness and leaving you feeling like sunshine is in your soul. In fact I have little desire to watch another film for sometime because I’m not sure anything will live up to the wonderful afterglow this story has cast. Rarely does a story have such a casually embedded, yet strong message; Do good and good will happen for you. Just the film to watch if you’re week is having a lull or you’re feeling emotionally vulnerable. I highly recommend this joy ride of a positive picnic.
Actors Who Did Their Bit: Paul Rudd, Elizabeth Banks, Zooey Deschael, Emily Mortimer, Steve Coogan, Rashida Jones, Adam Scott, Kathryn Hahn & T.J. Miller
Reasons To Watch: It’s a bloody good film for starters, if you like dogs you will adore Willie Nelson, also there’s nothing better than a good old laugh-cry combination.