MOVIE REVIEW: "Our Idiot Brother" $8/10

I assume most people have somebody in their life that will remind them of Ned, the title character in "Our Idiot Brother."

Long hair, scruffy, coasting through life. Worried most about how they're going to get down to the spillway that day, or if it's going to rain. Or maybe it's getting enough money so they can rent their ex-girlfriend's goat barn, that way they can live closer to their favorite dog. A dog named Willie Nelson, of course.

And let me guess - you kinda hate how happy they are while living this way?

Here's a movie that never does that. It never paints its main character in a pathetic light, or forces us to look down on him for his role in society.

Here is an honest lead character. Sure, he might make some really stupid decisions. The difference is he quickly acknowledges how stupid his decisions are, pays his consequences, and never blames anybody but himself.

It takes an actor like Paul Rudd, everyman and immensely likable, to pull off such a role. He manages to make such a bonehead irresistibly charming. This guy has no job, no noticeable life skills, and his personal hygiene may be in question - but you'd love to spend your spare time with him.

As you can imagine with a movie calling its main character an "Idiot," the true dopes in the film end up being the people pointing the finger. These are Ned's sisters. One is a budding journalist for Vanity Fair. Another is a lesbian questioning her sexuality. Another has completely lost her sexual being, married to a man who chuckles when he sees her private parts, and he is most likely having an affair.

At different points in the film, Ned enters each of their lives and turns everything upside down by telling the truth. Turns out it kind of hurts.

This is a comedy, though. The movie earns most of its subtle laughs when Ned interacts with his hippie friends. These aren't the trash-each-other stoners of "Dude Where's My Car?" Imagine three or four pacifist Lebowskis arguing over who gets to keep the dog. It's naturally funny without ever going over the top.

"My Idiot Brother" is a sweet movie, pretty much from start to finish. I loved how I felt watching it. Go see it. Smile.

And if you take anything away from it - don't sell marijuana to a police officer in uniform. What, are you some kind of idiot? Come on, man!

"Our Idiot Brother" earns a Leshock Value of $8 out of a possible $10.

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