Our Idiot Brother is not a raunchy comedy. Our Idiot Brother is not the feel good movie of the Summer. What Our Idiot Brother is is a fantastic character piece that champions honesty and being good to people. That thought right there makes me really happy.
Thinking about this movie, it is kind of amazing that I write that. Every character has a flaw. Each individual could have easily been a flat stereotype that was not very interesting. It is a huge compliment to each actor in Our Idiot Brother that I not only didn’t mind their flaws, but I also cared about them and wanted them to figure out solutions to their flaws.
First there is the idiot, Ned (played by Paul Rudd). He is not really an idiot, just far too trusting and optimistic with people. He truly sees the best possible version of every single person he comes into contact with. This is taken to such an extreme that he actually sells marijuana to a UNIFORMED cop who gives him a sob story. There is trusting people, and there is just plain stupid. This sends Ned to jail.
When Ned gets out, he finds out that he has been dumped and no longer has a place to live. So we get to meet his three sisters as he crashes at their places. Each sister we meet introduces us to another could-be stereotypical role. But again, each sister plays the role so well that we end up feeling for them instead of seeing them as a caricature.
The rest of Our Idiot Brother consists of what happens when three women who do not live an open and honest life have to deal with their brother who does. It makes for some hilarious situations, some sad situations and many frustrating interactions.
Instead of telling you the plot and ruining all of the turns Our Idiot Brother takes, there are two things that I would like to discuss about this film. The first is that Ned’s ex-girlfriend Janet (Kathryn Hahn) is a massive bitch. She takes Ned’s dog, Willie Nelson. You do not just take a man’s dog. The boy and his dog relationship is a hardcore relationship and anyone who does that is just a hateful, hateful person. (Sorry, I had to get that off my chest. And kudos to Kathryn Hahn for playing the role so well that I really did hate her by the end of the movie.)
The second is that I love the message of this film. Ned goes through life trusting every single person he meets. Instantly! If everyone were this open, trusting and caring; our world would be a much different place. I personally am a believer that if you look for the good in people, you will find it. The more that you can open yourself up to trusting those around you, the better and easier your life can be. If you don’t watch this movie for any other reason than to see a good example of how to live your life, than you are watching it for a good reason. (Steps down off of soapbox.)
Now that I have that out of the way, Our Idiot Brother is a great movie. It does not have the raunch of a Bridesmaids or Hangover, but it has plenty of comedy behind it. Plus I just really enjoyed getting to know all of these characters. I highly recommend Our Idiot Brother.
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Have you seen Our Idiot Brother? What did you think of it? Do you think Ned was just an idiot or an idiot who lived well? Let us know in the comments below.