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Monday, March 19, 2012

Our Idiot Brother by Jesse Peretz, 2011 (R)

with Paul Rudd, Elizabeth Banks, Zooey Deschanel, Emily Mortimer, Kathryn Hahn, Steve Coogan, Hugh Dancy, Rashida Jones, Shirley Knight, T.J. Miller, Adam Scott, Janet Montgomery

Ned (Paul Rudd) is a seemingly clueless idealist who must rely upon his three exasperated sisters (Emily Mortimer, Elizabeth Banks and Zooey Deschanel) for shelter and support after he's dumped by his fed-up girlfriend (Kathryn Hahn) and loses custody of his beloved dog, Willie Nelson. As he wreaks havoc on his sisters' lives, Ned's earnestness shines through until his siblings realize that family ties take priority over wealth and position.

Funny, a movie that you do not expect anything from, not really indie, but not commercial either, family portrait that seems a little too stereotyped but came out quite good. In the end. Anyway, it is funny, and underlying is a scar that is well acted, till it breaks and wraps up in an intelligent way. I don't think I would have watched it if it weren't one of the three movies available during a long plane trip from New York to Paris, and no regret. Recommending. Shyly.

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