Our Idiot Brother (2011) – By Brian Morton

When I first saw the trailer for Our Idiot Brother, starring Paul Rudd, I had the feeling that it would be an hysterical movie. Well, after seeing it, I was laughing less than I thought….but still enjoying myself.

Paul plays Ned, a quasi-hippie guy who feels that the world doesn’t trust enough. So, Ned trusts everyone…all the time. So, when Ned gets caught selling pot to a cop and his girlfriend throws him out, he finds himself with nowhere to turn but his family…and let the comedy begin. Ned begins living with his mom and then moves from one sister’s house to the next, looking for odd jobs and trying to raise the money to move back to his farm. The problems comes when Ned’s sisters live in the real world of ‘white lies’ and ‘deception’, while Ned is almost incapable of lying to anyone about anything….and let the comedy begin!

While I enjoyed Our Idiot Brother, it was really marketed wrong. Every commercial and trailer made this movie look like one of those Adam Sandler-esque, wacky comedies, this movie is a bit different. While it’s funny, this never feels like a comedy, it feels more like a chick flick that you might get your husband to go to. It’s enjoyable, but there’s no laugh out loud moments and no over-the-top comedy bits. Think less Happy Madison and more The Office. I’m giving Our Idiot Brother 3 out of 4 cigars, it’s not what I thought it was going to be, but I still managed to enjoy it. Head over to http://www.anchorbayent.com to have a little family time of your own.