Our Idiot Brother

Theatrical Release: August 26, 2011
Our Idiot Brother


Paul Rudd has signed to star as the title character in My Idiot Brother. Rudd playing an idealist dealing with his overbearing mother who crashes into the homes of his three ambitious sisters and, in succession, brings truth, happiness and a sunny disposition into their lives while also wreaking havoc

Dove Review

The character of Ned in this film (Paul Rudd) is an innocent character in a way, trusting, but he makes bad decisions and pays the price for it. When he drops something on a crowded subway he hands a character his money to hold onto while he searches for it. He also counts his money in front of people. It was his decision to sell marijuana to a police officer which landed him in trouble in the first place.

He is an organic farmer (some of which is illegal if you get the drift) who learns things have changed between his girlfriend and himself when he comes home from doing time and she has a new boyfriend. He winds up moving back home to New York. Ned definitely is a smiling and happy character for the most part and some of the characters begin to realize that, despite his poor decision making and innocence at times, he is a likable guy. He just causes his sisters some difficult moments in the course of the film and there are scenes which contain moments of family fractures. The sisters can’t decide who should be responsible for him and one of them tells another on the phone, “He just ruined my freaking life!” He ruins one sister’s career, brings division to a relationship, and one sister’s marriage breaks up. One sister snaps at him to “grow up” but it seems to be more his outlook on life than anything else which makes him different, his nature if you will, which keeps the innocence alive in his life. If he were planted, he would grow as he is just about that green at times in the movie.

Despite Ned’s sunny disposition, this is not a family-friendly film. In fact, the sex content hits a four on our chart and the language content hits a five, as high as it goes. The drug content hits a three and the nudity hits a four. It is best not to drop in on the idiot brother as the movie just has too many issues. We cannot affix our Dove Seal to this film.

Content Description

Faith: None
Integrity: None
Sex: Several sexually explicit comments; man and woman kiss passionately; two women kiss; sex between unmarried couple; affairs take place; a prostitution ring is mentioned; a male character is apparently bi-sexual and a character's sister definitely is; during the end credits some out-takes are featured and we see a character's fully nude rear and he covers his front only with a hand; lesbian comments.
Language: GD-2; G/OMG-21; J-/JC-7; For Ch*ist's sake-2; F (5 used sexually)-42; S-9; Several slang terms for having sex; Slang for male genitalia-4; Slang for breasts-2; A-2; D-2; H-2; P-1; B-1; "Moron"-1; Crap-1; Freaking-1
Violence: In a physical comedy scene a character kicks a door shut, unaware that a character's fingers are in the opening; a female character strikes a male character she is angry with; a woman threatens to hit another character.
Drugs: Marijuana is purchased by a cop and then he busts the guy who sold it to him; marijuana is smoked by a character; marijuana references; drinking in a few scenes; wine is consumed with dinner and after dinner in a scene; it's stated a man had sold drugs to a cop.
Nudity: A woman's breasts are exposed and partially nude female rear is seen; woman's partially nude breast seen from side; full rear male nudity; woman wears skimpy clothing; shirtless men; nude drawing of a woman is seen.
Other: A "retard" comment and woman bad mouths her family; disrespect shown by various characters; strained family relationships.


Company: The Weinstein Company LLC
Writer: David Schisgall & Evgenia Peretz
Director: Jesse Peretz
Producer: Anthony Bregman
Genre: Comedy
Runtime: 90 min.
Starring: Paul Rudd, Elizabeth Banks, Zooey Deschanel
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter