Our Idiot Brother - 4 out of 5
Whenever I see Paul Rudd in a film--whether he's has the starring role like in this one or he's making a cameo or plays a supporting role--I'm always amazed at the strides he's made as an actor. The first time I saw his was in that terrible film Clueless and I'll never forget his performance in one of my favorite horror film franchises ever; Halloween, as he played a grown up version of the little boy Jamie Lee Curtis babysat; Tommy Doyle. After his encounter with the mad Michael Myers (not the one who does the voice of Shrek), I didn't see Rudd until I started to notice him starring in more and more comedies--starting with Wet, Hot American Summer. After seeing him in that, all I saw him do was play the funny guy (and he did it very well) and it seemed his attempts at being a more serious actor were behind him (but how serious can you be when you're resume contains Clueless and Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers). However, more of his recent comedies have shown that Rudd is more than capable of making a balance between serious and comedic acting. No better does he show this level of maturity and evolution than as Ned in Our Idiot Brother.
|The opening sequence of the film really sets the pace for this great comedy. In case you were wondering, this pic is from the beginning of the film.|
|Didn't this dude get eaten by a giant piranha?|
|It's a proven scientific fact that naked dudes holding their junk make your movie 25% funnier.|
|The same make-up crew that made Charlize Theron ugly in|
Monster gave Rashida Jones those glasses.
From beginning to end, Our Idiot Brother is a fun, charming and all-around sweet film that nearly perfectly balances family drama with some great comedy. At no point does the film get ridiculous or does it become too heavy in the drama. Instead, what you get is a burst of flavor that is pleasing to both the brain and eyes. Paul Rudd is just terrific as Ned and he's backed up with some equally terrific talent like Adam Scott, Rashida Jones, the always funny Steve Coogan, Elizabeth Banks, Emily Mortimer, and, even though she only has a few scenes, Shirley Knight is just as loveable as ever. And a special mention has to go to T.J. Miller who is very funny in every scene he's in. The dude's come a long way from Cloverfield.
|T.J. Miller's scenes are each made with gold and hilarity...and they're low in fat.|
|Kathryn Hahn is my other complaint. She's just not funny.|
|Not only can't I stand her as an actor, I also don't find her attractive. So quit telling me she's hot, Internet.|
|Even making that stupid face, Elizabeth Banks is still|
attractive. Maybe more so.
|Oh yeah, here's a picture of Emily Mortimer as Liz, one of Ned's sisters. I really don't have anything interesting or funny to add to this picture.|