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Our Idiot Brother 

Paul Rudd stars in a comedy about a trusting soul who can't get a break from his mom and sisters.

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After getting released from jail for selling weed to a uniformed police officer, Ned (Paul Rudd) loses his job at an organic farm and bounces between the homes of his mother and sisters. He does odd jobs while trying to retrieve his dog, Willie Nelson, from his ex. His sisters, the artsy bisexual Natalie (Zooey Deschanel), high-maintenance writer Miranda (Elizabeth Banks) and socially just mom (Emily Mortimer), try to help. But they blame their own lives' chaos and botched relationships on their brother -- who admittedly does some dumb shit (blabbing family secrets, giving wads of cash to fellow subway riders to hold). Ned believes that if you trust in your fellow man and live honestly, good things will happen. While his sisters rail against that concept in their own lives (because the truth can be painful), it ultimately saves them. And just in time: Ned reaches his own breaking point after doing something-particularly-stupid-that-may-or-may-not-bring-everyone-together. Director Jesse Peretz's comedy might sound preachy, but Rudd and company deliver the story earnestly and without overkill. Rudd avoids playing a hippie stereotype, which makes his character the most successful in the film.



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