Excerpt: I first remember seeing a very young Paul Rudd in “Clueless”, the mid-90’s Alicia Silverstone vehicle which was supposed to make her a superstar. I won’t devote any more of this review to Alicia Silverstone, but will rather focus on Paul Rudd. Rudd’s career has been somewhat steady since the days of “Clueless”, he’s been somewhat of a background character with some minor roles in films like “Wet Hot American Summer” and even a stint on TV’s “Friends.
Summary: Our Idiot Brother simply was mis-promoted. It is not a quirky, laugh-out-loud comedy as we’ve come to expect from most Paul Rudd movies. However, it is an effective dramedy. You will find yourself smiling and sometimes even moved by the family dynamics and Rudd’s layered performance. Keep in mind, this is no Being There . Overall Our Idiot Brother is just a light, sweet film that draws you in while it’s on, but you will likely forget about as soon as it ends.
Conclusion: Though it didn't do much to assert his star power, Our Idiot Brother does reinforce the talents of Paul Rudd and with more dramatic credibility than many of his recent mainstream films. This appealing redemption tale will be too crass for some and not broad enough for others, but everyone else should find it occupying a comfortable region of smart, thoughtful comedy. The Blu-ray is a fairly basic affair, sufficient but not exceptional both technically and supplementally.
Conclusion: 'Our Idiot Brother' is a sweet, funny, and surprisingly insightful comedy that offers a refreshingly optimistic outlook. Though some elements are a bit predictable and generic, the talented ensemble, led by a charming performance from Paul Rudd, more than make up for any small narrative shortcomings. Video and audio quality are both good, bolstering the modest and upbeat tone. Supplements are a bit slim but offer some decent production trivia.
Excerpt: You can’t blame someone for calling this one My Idiot Brother . It creates a mindset and a tone to put people in the seats, but it’s clearly misguided. That brother is Ned (Paul Rudd), a Jesus-looking type with a heart of gold and the trust of a 10-year old. Sure, selling pot to a fully uniformed cop may seem idiotic, but it’s the intent that creates the character.
Conclusion: Our Idiot Brother is a solid feel-good Comedy (with a sprinkling of real-world necessary Drama) about the importance of family, even when family trudges through a particularly rough patch. It's a movie about goodhearted honest folk who mean no harm but who somehow missed school on the days they taught tact, problem-solving, and basic human interaction skills.
Excerpt: Paul Rudd's character Ned in Our Idiot Brother is the kind of guileless, selfless soul we all imagine we could be in our better moments, happy to help others and live as peacefully as possible. His sisters, on the other hand, are the selves we know we actually are-- selfish, misguided, intolerant and often downright mean.
Excerpt: Paul Rudd ’s charm has seldom been taxed as relentlessly as in Our Idiot Brother , which might as well be called Paul Rudd Is Charming: The Movie . Despite a cast that includes Rashida Jones , Elizabeth Banks , T.J. Miller, Steve Coogan , Emily Mortimer , Adam Scott , and Zooey Deschanel , Our Idiot Brother is a one-man show that leans far too heavily on its lead’s charisma and likability.