Our Idiot Brother
Paul Rudd has signed to star as the title character in My Idiot Brother. Rudd playing an idealist dealing with his overbearing mother who crashes into the homes of his three ambitious sisters and, in succession, brings truth, happiness and a sunny disposition into their lives while also wreaking havoc
The character of Ned in this film (Paul Rudd) is an innocent character in a way, trusting, but he makes bad decisions and pays the price for it. When he drops something on a crowded subway he hands a character his money to hold onto while he searches for it. He also counts his money in front of people. It was his decision to sell marijuana to a police officer which landed him in trouble in the first place.
He is an organic farmer (some of which is illegal if you get the drift) who learns things have changed between his girlfriend and himself when he comes home from doing time and she has a new boyfriend. He winds up moving back home to New York. Ned definitely is a smiling and happy character for the most part and some of the characters begin to realize that, despite his poor decision making and innocence at times, he is a likable guy. He just causes his sisters some difficult moments in the course of the film and there are scenes which contain moments of family fractures. The sisters can’t decide who should be responsible for him and one of them tells another on the phone, “He just ruined my freaking life!” He ruins one sister’s career, brings division to a relationship, and one sister’s marriage breaks up. One sister snaps at him to “grow up” but it seems to be more his outlook on life than anything else which makes him different, his nature if you will, which keeps the innocence alive in his life. If he were planted, he would grow as he is just about that green at times in the movie.
Despite Ned’s sunny disposition, this is not a family-friendly film. In fact, the sex content hits a four on our chart and the language content hits a five, as high as it goes. The drug content hits a three and the nudity hits a four. It is best not to drop in on the idiot brother as the movie just has too many issues. We cannot affix our Dove Seal to this film.