OUR IDIOT BROTHER
Stars: Paul Rudd, Elizabeth Banks, Zooey Deschanel, Emily Mortimer, Steve Coogan
Director: Jesse Peretz
Audio: DTS HD 5.1
Video: Anamorphic Widescreen 1.78:1
Studio: Anchor Bay
Features: See Review
Length: 90 Minutes
Release Date: November 29, 2011
"Just because you're straight doesn't mean you're homophobic."
"I don't know...maybe I
should have tried harder..."
Our Idiot Brother is not the kind of movie that will provide you with the big, belly laughs you might be looking for, but you may not mind so much.
The story of a hapless brother and the three sisters who canít figure out what to do with him is not fall-down funny, yet it has a charm and sweetness that is hard to resist, mostly owing to the delightful performance of Paul Rudd in the title role.
He plays Ned, and we first get introduced to him getting busted for selling some pot to a uniformed cop (you read that right). With his relationship on the skids and nowhere to go, it will be up to his family to help him right the ship.
Miranda (Banks) works for Vanity Fair magazine, and finds that Nedís sweetness might just work to her advantage. Natalie (Deschanel) has been in a relationship with a woman for some time, but finds herself in a bit of a pickle with an artist she models for. And Liz (Mortimer) is a rigid housewife whose husband (Coogan) is making a documentary about a dancer, where he might beÖum, a little too close to the subject matter.
What I enjoyed about the film was not so much the story, but the characters, and the fact that this movie didnít play the usual easy slapstick card with Ned. He doesnít really wreck anybodyís life himself, but he manages to bring to light certain insecurities and issues that have been underneath the surfaces of his familyís lives for far too long. Itís easy to shoot the messenger, but dealing with the message is something else altogether.
I laughed a few times during my viewing, but I definitely smiled quite a bit. This film has charm and a winning spirit, and the terrific cast makes it worthwhile viewing.
This is a solid anamorphic transfer from Anchor Bay. There arenít many demands made of the high definition format, but the images and colors still render quite nicely, with clarity and integrity.
Likewise, the dialogue-driven soundtrack doesnít make many demands on the HD audio, but it delivers cleanly and clearly, with moderate dynamic range and little use of the surround channels.
The extras include a commentary with director Jesse Peretz, a making-of featurette, and some deleted/extended scenes.
Some comedies make you laugh out loud, some just make you feel good. Our Idiot Brother is definitely one of the latter. Itís worth a look!