Our Idiot Brother

Lists: Comedy, Film Quest 2014 - The Challenge

Brief Synopsis: "Everybody has one. The sibling who is always just a little bit behind the curve when it comes to getting his life together. For sisters Liz (Emily Mortimer), Miranda (Elizabeth Banks) and Natalie (Zooey Deschanel), that person is their perennially upbeat brother Ned (Paul Rudd), an erstwhile organic farmer whose willingness to rely on the honesty of mankind is a less-than-optimum strategy for a tidy, trouble-free existence. Ned may be utterly lacking in common sense, but he is their brother and so, after his girlfriend dumps him and boots him off the farm, his sisters once again come to his rescue. As Liz, Miranda and Natalie each take a turn at housing Ned, their brother's unfailing commitment to honesty creates more than a few messes in their comfortable routines. But as each of their lives begins to unravel, Ned's family comes to realize that maybe, in believing and trusting the people around him, Ned isn't such an idiot after all."

Overall Ranking: 2418 (Rank from 2011: # 131)

Adjusted* Rating:
(lowest rating dropped)

Ratings Breakdown
(The Mixed Bag)

Buttery 0%
Regular 16.67%
Half-Popped 66.67%
Stale 16.67%
Burnt 0%


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Nathan Adams and the Temple Of Reviews80(full review)
Gorgon Reviews61(full review)
Dan O'Neill50 - Paul Rudd is charming and the film has itís fair shares of sweet moments, but Our Idiot Brother is too thinly written, too serious, and just too much of a huge comedic let-down to actually be one of the most memorable comedies I have ever seen, but itís just OK.
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Patrick Devitt50
Rob from GuysFilmQuest50
David Baruffi34(full review)

People Involved

  • Paul Rudd (Ned)
  • Elizabeth Banks (Miranda)
  • Zooey Deschanel (Natalie)
  • Emily Mortimer (Liz)
  • Hugh Dancy (Christian)
  • Steve Coogan (Dylan)
  • Kathryn Hahn (Janet)
  • Rashida Jones (Cindy)
  • Jesse Peretz (Director)