SCORE: 3.3 out of 5
Paul Rudd is one of those actors that can do his thing in any movie and I’ll clap. I guess that’s what people mean when they say someone is likable; I just like watching him act. So, if you don’t feel that way about Rudd and the cavalcade of costars (Elizabeth Banks, Adam Scott, Rashida Jones, Zooey Deschanel, Emily Mortimer, Steve Coogan), then you might want to steer clear of Our Idiot Brother.
It’s not to say that this movie doesn’t have any redeemable or enjoyable qualities, but frankly, the characters are idiots – perhaps with the exception of the titular character. Paul Rudd doesn’t play an idiot but instead an optimistic, honest and uncompromising character who, to drop a cliche, marches to the beat of his own drummer. Now none of these characters are children; they know exactly who Rudd’s character is and how he lives his life, so it turns out that it’s his sisters that are the idiots for giving him information that could blow up in their faces! What a twist! I just don’t understand how so many characters can make such easily avoidable mistakes or how other characters can have no motivation to back up their behavior (Paul Rudd’s ex-girlfriend) or how other character’s plot threads can be so easily forgotten and never followed up on (Steve Coogan and Hugh Dancy).
Still, the movie has plenty of jokes and excellent performances – not to mention a never ending parade of my favorite talent, beautiful women (Rashida Jones, Zooey Deschanel, Elizabeth Banks) and Emily Mortimer, who is beautiful in her own right, but even in a more serious role, I can’t help but think of her on 30 Rock. (“Careful… my bones!”)
If you’re up for a few laughs, Our Idiot Brother is worth a look. Besides, this movie has a dog! A golden retriever, no less! They could have worked the dog into the movie more, but I guess I can’t have things my way all the time.