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After Ned is booted off the farm by his girlfriend and loses custody of his canine, he heads home to his Mom. He arrives in time for the weekly dinner with the entire clan. His three sisters offer their support and ideas on how to get back on his feed and get his dog back. The prospect of early morning errands and afternoon tippling with his Mom is too much so he heads out to visit his sisters.
Comedy - This is a much gentler comedy than the advertising would suggest, but language, drugs, sex, and adult subject matter make the film inappropriate for children. Fans of all the stars, especially Paul Rudd, will have a lot to savor here.
PROFANITY: Over 30 F-words; 8 S-words; 2 GD's; a number of others. SEX/NUDITY: Brief sex with related nudity. VIOLENCE: Hits. DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Alcohol and marijuana. ACTION: None. COMEDY: Banter, wisecracks, physical gags, dog humor.
OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
Based on a theater exit polling of 15 moviegoers:
Unfortunately, there aren't enough reviews in any group to be very accurate. Moviegoers just weren't seeing this movie in any large numbers.
TWENTYSOMETHINGS:One male loved it and one rated it above average. The one female also rated it above average.
ADULTS:Poor reviews from both males and females. Approximately half of the adults did indicate that they would recommend "Our Idiot Brother" to their friends, so these reviews aren't too bad. Half apparently did enjoy this movie, at least to some degree.
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
(Emily Mortimer), Miranda (Elizabeth Banks) and Natalie (Zooey Deschanel) - that
person is their perennially upbeat brother, Ned (Paul 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
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. 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.