Paul Rudd is part Forrest Gump, part Dude from The Big Lebowski as Ned, an immature man-child who drives his family crazy in Our Idiot Brother.
Ned first lands at his sister Liz's house. Liz, played by Emily Mortimer, is an insecure Brooklyn mom married to Dylan (Steve Coogan). Ned quickly wears out his welcome and moves in with his sister, Miranda (Elizabeth Banks), a writer for Vanity Fair. Finally, he joins his artsy, bisexual bohemian sister, Natalie, played by Zooey Deschanel.
Ned has a knack for always saying or doing the wrong thing. He means well, but his sisters aren't putting up with it.
Rudd's character works because his easy, charming sweetness and unpatronizing wisdom make him seem simply uninformed and honest, not stupid.
Our Idiot Brother is not perfect, but it is idiot-proof. The flick-o-meter gives it a solid three out of five.
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