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5.0 out of 5 stars A touching tale of sibling relationships, 21 Nov. 2011
This review is from: Our Idiot Brother [Blu-ray] [US Import] (Blu-ray)
Our Idiot Brother features Paul Rudd (I Love You, Man) as the hapless Ned, a biodynamic farmer who gets duped into selling a bag of pot to a police officer and resultantly goes to jail. On his release, he has lost his place at the biodynamic farm and has to crash with one of his sisters, either high-flying-reporter, career-woman Miranda (Elizabeth Banks - Zack and Miri Make a Porno), commune-living, lesbian free-spirit Natalie (Zooey Deschaniel - 500 Days of Summer) or the eldest, mother-of-two Liz (played by Emily Mortimer - Shutter Island).

However Ned's hopelessness unemployability & naÔveté gets him in to trouble with his hosting sisters as he has no capacity for lying, even if they are little white lies. His innocuous indiscretions get him handed from sister to sister at a reasonable pace, all the while Ned strives to raise the cash to get back to his farm and most importantly, his dog Willie Nelson. Will he ever get it together?

Our Idiot Brother stars a densely facial-haired Rudd as a heavily Dude-inspired hippy farmer stoner guy. Rudd plays this character with great aplomb and ensures that his mannerisms never become annoying. His character is honest to a fault, even admitting to his parole officer that he 'broke down' and smoked a doob with the kid across the street. The sisters are the protagonists here though; Ned is more of a tool to further the character growth in his sisters who have become frozen, trapped & unloved by their lives. As Ned's candid manner and attitude towards Liz's children begins to inspire the girls, despite them trying to use Ned to their own ends we really see the family unit become closer.

Extras: There's an audio commentary from director Jesse Peretzc that discusses the characters in a little more depth. There's the standard "Making of" Our Idiot Brother on set with the cast & crew and also there is a stack of deleted-scenes (Ned Takes the Subway, Ned Waits for John, Ned in Prison) and also an alternate-ending. Honestly, I don't know why the scenes were deleted, the movie is a little light at just 90 minutes including credits and the deleted scenes are screen-ready and funny in their own right.

All-in-all, a funny feel-good drama about family and what is truly important to you. Rudd's best performance in ages, supported by a more than capable cast and made me laugh out-loud more than a couple of times. Recommended!!
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Initial post: 7 Sep 2013 13:28:44 BDT
Hi, could you please tell me if this Blu-ray will play on region B machines? Thank you.
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