Our Idiot Brother DVD Review

Paul Rudd Plays Naive Ex-Con in Prodigal Sibling Comedy

Our idiot brother Ned (Paul Rudd) is a good-natured organic farmer dumb enough to be duped into selling pot to a uniformed police officer (Bob Stephenson). As the story unfolds, we find him being paroled, having just finished paying his debt to society.

However, when he hitchhikes home to surprise his girlfriend (Kathryn Hahn), he’s shocked to find her shacking up with another guy (T.J. Miller). What’s worse, she won’t even let him stay in the goat barn while he tries to get back on his feet.

Our Idiot Brother Really Is

So, broke and unemployed, Ned appeals top his mom (Shirley Knight) who enlists the assistance of his sisters, Liz (Emily Mortimer), Miranda (Elizabeth Banks) and Natalie (Zoe Deschanel). They grudgingly agree to take turns letting the proverbial black sheep of the family crash on their couches, despite the fact that he has never held a steady job.

Unfortunately, it doesn’t take long for Ned to wear out his welcome at each port-of-call, when the same gullibility which makes him so endearing ends up destabilizing his siblings’ assorted relationships. For instance, he is forced to bid mother-of-two Liza adieu soon after matter-of-factly mentioning that he caught her film director husband (Steve Coogan) cavorting naked with his latest leading lady (Lori E. Cunningham).

He next manages to make as much of a mess of commitment-shy Natalie’s life by nonchalantly informing her lesbian lover (Rashida Jones) that his sister is pregnant after having a hetero one-night stand. And that same blase attitude comes into play when he inadvertently interferes with a platonic friendship of Miranda’s as well as with her latest interview assignment for Vanity Fair.


Directed by Jesse Peretz, the decidedly droll Our Idiot Brother will work for you to the degree that you are able to suspend disbelief and swallow Ned’s terminal naivete as he unwittingly wreaks havoc everywhere he goes.

Credit Paul Rudd for portraying the character with an utterly convincing innocence, even if that dedicated effort is oft undermined by the script’s repeated reliance on repugnant misogynistic and mean-spirited flourishes.

A well-intentioned idealist clueless enough to make Forest Gump look like a street hustler.

our idiot brother. youtube screenshot.
Our Idiot Brother. youtube screenshot.

Our Idiot Brother

Our Idiot Brother rates Good (2 stars)

Rated R for nudity, sexuality and pervasive profanity.

Running time: 90 minutes

Studio: Anchor Bay Entertainment

Blu-ray Extras: Deleted and extended scenes, “the Making of Our Idiot Brother” featurette, and a feature commentary with director Jesse Peretz.

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Kam Williams
Kam Williams is a popular and top NewsBlaze reviewer, our chief critic. Kam gives his unvarnished opinion on movies, DVDs and books, plus many in-depth and revealing celebrity interviews.Sadly, Lloyd Kam Williams passed away in 2019, leaving behind a huge body of work focused on America's black entertainment community. We were as sad to hear of his passing as we were overjoyed to have him as part of our team.