"Our Idiot Brother" Review

Last night I got the chance to go to a pre-screening of Our Idiot Brother (imdb.com) hosted by NATAS (The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences) (emmysf.tv). I know the movie doesn’t officially premiere until Friday, so I will try not to spoil it for those of you that want to see it. That being said, you may want to hold off on seeing it until it comes out on DVD.

The film as a whole was solid. It was comical in the right places. It was serious in the right places. And the concept of a family relationship was a cross between The Brady Bunch and Rent; which added to both the comedy and the drama. But the main character Ned, played by Paul Rudd (imdb.com), didn’t really evolve throughout the entire film. There were moments where you saw a more serious, even angry, Ned; and that was pretty much the extent of the evolution. He ends right where he started. Now, one could argue that although the main character doesn’t change, he does force change in his sisters (Elizabeth Banks [imdb.com], Zooey Deshanel [imdb.com], and Emily Mortimer [imdb.com]). But, those changes don’t happen until the last five minutes of the film.

Which brings me to the end of the film. This was literally one of the worst endings I’ve seen in a long time. The whole movie up until the last five minutes was very organic, very fluid, and it felt like everything was happening in the time that it should. But the ending just felt compressed, inorganic, and quite frankly, bad. It was almost as if they didn’t have an ending, but were an hour and a half into the film and needed to wrap things up. All of the character change happened in the last five minutes.

Overall though, I’m glad I saw Our Idiot Brother. I’m also glad I didn’t have to pay for it. It’s definitely worth seeing, and would make a wonderful date movie. Go have some drinks, watch the movie, then go eat; that’s the best way to enjoy it. Otherwise, wait until the DVD comes out, and watch it in the comfort of your own home where you can skip over seeing Steve Coogan’s nuts.

And if you have no idea what im talking about, here’s the trailer:

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