Friday, August 26, 2011

Our Idiot Brother (2011)

I wanted to consider Our Idiot Brother as this summer's best comedy. However, the film doesn't use its dramatic moments.

Ned (Paul Rudd) just got kicked out by his wife (Kathryn Hahn) after he got arrested for drug trafficking. Because he has nowhere to go, one of his three sisters, Liz (Emily Mortimer), welcomes Ned to her home. Obviously, Liz, who is a married mom of two children, would like her other two sisters, Miranda (Elizabeth Banks) and Natalie (Zooey Deschanel), to take turns when it comes to offering a shelter to Ned.

Miranda is a journalist for Variety, a real-life magazine specialized on show business, and Natalie is a fledgling comedienne who still performs in cabarets. At first, the three sisters stand Ned. Despite his good intentions, when Ned starts to spill out some of his sisters' secrets, things go awry. For instance, he revealed to Miranda that her boyfriend often thinks poorly of her; he discovers that Liz's husband cheats on her and Natalie can swing both ways.

Although Our Idiot Brother is not original, it sure will give you the giggles, because it safely relies on clichés from society without falling into idiocy. For instance, as a married mom with two children, no wonder the character of Liz doesn't have the time to try to look "semi-fuckable" as her two sisters put it.

Unfortunately, when the climax comes, which means the time when Ned's family might explode, the film doesn't take the time it needs to explore that path. All in all, director Jesse Peretz could have tried to give a darker edge to this comedy. Nonetheless, despite its flaws, Our Idiot Brother is still an entertaining film.

Rating: 3.5/5

Origin:USA (2011)
Length:90 minutes
Screenplay:David Schisgall and Evgenia Peretz
Director:Jesse Peretz
Starring:Paul Rudd, Elizabeth Banks, Emily Mortimer and Zooey Deschanel

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