"Our Idiot Brother" is a movie comedy, starring Paul Rudd, Zooey Deschanel, Elizabeth Banks and Emily Mortimer, that is about family and the sacrifices it takes to deal with them.

Every family has one: the sibling with a peculiar knack for messing things up, despite having nothing but good intentions. For the three Rochlin sisters—Liz (Mortimer), Miranda (Elizabeth Banks) and Natalie (Deschanel)—that person is their perennially upbeat brother, Ned (Rudd), a biodynamic farmer whose willingness to rely on the honesty and goodwill of humankind is a less-than-optimal strategy for a tidy, trouble-free existence. Ned's latest encounter with everyday duplicity and selfishness has found him (1) jailed for selling pot to a uniformed police officer and (2) booted off the farm by his girlfriend, Janet (Kathryn Hahn).

None too pleased with Ned's gaffe, Janet has taken up with a new guy in his absence, but what really smarts is her refusal to grant Ned custody of his adored canine sidekick, a Golden Retriever named Willie Nelson.

Homeless, jobless, and sadly dogless, Ned hoists his backpack and heads to his childhood home on Long Island. Mom Ilene (Shirley Knight) is thrilled to have her parolee son back in the fold, and Ned's story is greeted with shock, sympathy and more than a few jokes when the family gathers at Ilene's for their weekly dinner. As usual, the entire clan has made the pilgrimage from various parts of New York City. Earnest uber-mom Liz is there with her husband, Dylan (Steve Coogan), a documentary filmmaker with an ostentatiously humanitarian ethos and a tidy trust fund, along with their seven-year-old son, River (Matthew Mindler) and baby daughter Echo. Liz, an ambitious, acerbic staff writer for Vanity Fair is there with her constant companion, her Blackberry. And bohemian youngest sister Natalie is there with her girlfriend, Cindy (Rashida Jones), an engaging, down-to-earth lawyer who has become part of the family. All the siblings offer Ned support and ideas for how to get back on his feet and back to his dog, before rushing back to their regular lives in the city and leaving to Ned to the dubious comfort of his old bedroom.

However, the prospect of early morning errands and afternoon tippling with Ilene is enough to give even Ned pause. Recalling Liz's warm offer of shelter, Ned makes his way to her Brooklyn brownstone—and into his sisters' busy, complicated existences. For a moment, all seems well: Dylan grudgingly gives Ned a job on his latest film, about a formerly oppressed (and very beautiful) Russian ballerina, and Natalie gets him a gig as a nude model for a painter she knows named Christian (Hugh Dancy). And there are opportunities for Ned to socialize, be it with the very welcoming crowd at the Brooklyn party pad Natalie shares with several roommates, or with Miranda's best friend and neighbor Jeremy (Adam Scott).

But with his guileless nature and reflexive honesty, it's not long before Ned is inconveniently bumping up against the various calculations, evasions and insincerities woven into the lives of his siblings and those around them. As Ned is shunted from Liz to Miranda to Natalie, each sister finds her life thrown into chaos. Not surprisingly, they blame Ned, who always seems to be in the middle of every misunderstanding, oblivious to the way things work in the real world, and forever saying or doing the exact wrong thing at the exact wrong time.

Ultimately, it will fall to Ned to say and do something that will shake his siblings out of their assumptions. And in their shock, it begins to dawn on them that Ned—with his genius for enjoying life and appreciating those he loves—isn't such an idiot, after all.

The "Our Idiot Brother" cast also includes Rashida Jones, Steve Coogan, Hugh Dancy, Kathryn Hahn, Shirley Knight, Janet Montgomery and Adam Scott.

"Our Idiot Brother" is produced by Big Beach and Likely Story. The film is directed by Jesse Peretz from a screenplay by Evgenia Peretz & David Schisgall, based up on a story by Jesse Peretz, Evgenia Peretz & David Schisgall. The producers are Anthony Bregman of Likely Story and Peter Saraf & Marc Turtletaub of Big Beach. The executive producers are Stefanie Azpiazu, Caroline Jaczko, John Hodges & Aleen Keshishian.


Genre: Comedy
Runtime: 90 mins.
Release Date: August 26, 2011
Distributor: The Weinstein Company
Production Companies:
Big Beach Films
Likely Story

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