Our Idiot Brother
Our Idiot Brother is one of those made up in Hollywood situations where a young man has — well he’s not that young, it’s Paul Rudd, who is what, in his 30s, and, he has three vaguely adoring sisters. You’re not sure that they are sisters until fairly well into the movie, or maybe I was just slow last night. Emily Mortimer plays one who is married to Steve Coogan, a randy documentary film maker; we have Elizabeth Banks who is trying like crazy to make her way into the world of publishing, and Zooey Deschanel who is the promiscuous one in a lesbian relationship, but gets pregnant by the adorable Hugh Dancy (wouldn’t we all). At any rate, I digress. The point is that Paul Rudd is just either too good to be true, or he is sort of an idiot savant, or just naive or something. The movie starts with him selling marijuana to a cop in uniform and he goes to prison. When he bounces out he has to find a place to live, and so he first lives with his mother, Shirley Knight, who drinks. When that doesn’t work out, he tries each of the three sisters and ruins their lives in his very own kind of innocent way. But of course, because this is Hollywood, everything turns out fine in the end. I think this is kind of summer fun. Paul Rudd is such a likeable presence that you really sort of get involved in this. Most of the men in the audience were scowling and said this was a chick flick. I’m not sure it’s a chick flick, but I think it’s one where you have to accept that Paul Rudd is kind of an innocent guy who goes through life kind of bumbling through things, and that maybe as women we feel more sympathy with that. Guys clearly didn’t. I gave it three stars.