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Movie Review: ‘Our Idiot Brother’

Ablestock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Paul Rudd's Ned is the nicest stoner on the planet. Not that stoners aren't nice people -- they're just stoned -- but Ned is different. He's so nice, he sells marijuana to a cop in uniform. Guess that’s the part that makes him an idiot.
Once Ned gets out of jail, he needs a place to stay. That's when we meet his three sisters, played by Elizabeth Banks, an ambitious tabloid journalist; Zooey Deschanel, a (surprise!) quirky lesbian in a relationship with Rashida Jones; and Emily Mortimer, formerly the "hot" sister whose sex appeal has slowly disintegrated in lockstep with her marriage. Ned's irresponsible behavior and inability to grow up was once cute and endearing.  However, within days of reconnecting with his family, this slacker/hippie (slackie?) manages to tear that family apart, possibly causing irreparable harm.
That premise might not sound funny but the killer ensemble cast in Our Idiot Brother will keep you laughing.  Every performance is original and truthful, particularly the ladies.  If you have no idea who any of these incredibly gifted actresses are, then you need to see this film, because they're all at the top of their game here.  Our Idiot Brother is also the perfect fit for the affable and consistent Rudd, as well as for anybody interested in seeing an intelligent, independent ensemble comedy.

Four out of five stars.

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