Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Our Idiot Brother

This is going to be a quick review, not really up to writing a really long piece tonight. Our Idiot Brother is a comedy/drama that is full of heart and that is where the movie really succeeds. Paul Rudd is likable in almost every movie that he is in and this movie is no exception. His character, Ned, has such an optimistic outlook on life that is infectious. Ned gets thrown into jail for selling pot to an on duty police officer, on the pretense that the cop was having a really bad week and needed some weed. This is where his journey begins and we see him as he lives his life and adjust to being around his family after he gets out of jail. His outlook on life gets him into trouble because he trusts people to do the right thing where in many situations they will do the opposite. He tries imparting this to all of the other characters in the film but it takes time for them to realize that he is not stupid but he just has a different way of living his life than everyone else. His three sisters, played by Elizabeth Banks, Zooey Deschanel, and Emily Mortimer write him off as a big kid who will never grow up. They fail to realize that he is just really trusting and loves everyone unconditionally. His wisdom is lost on them due to the fact that they are wrapped up in their own lives and situations which they manage to mess up due to their selfishness.

This is a movie that will mostly be overlooked in favor of other comedies such as The Hangover Part II. This is a movie that has a lot of heart and really deserves a shot because the lead performance by Paul Rudd is really charming. This movie is a breather from the gross out comedies that have come out over the last few years and shows how a great lead character in a comedy can carry a comedy. This movie gets a 7.5/10, not the best I saw all year but it was still a very solid comedy.