Our Idiot Brother – a high-profile pic that premiered earlier this year at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival - boasts a nice collection of comedic types, including Paul Rudd, Elizabeth Banks, Steve Coogan, and Rashida Jones, along with relatively big names like Zooey Deschanel, Emily Mortimer, and Hugh Dancy.
A trailer has been released for the star-studded indie-style dramedy, but does the movie actually look like it’ll deliver the goods (read: comedy gold)? Read on…
Our Idiot Brother stars Rudd as Ned, a modern-day hippie (complete with an organic farm where he grows pot) whose honest but painfully naive manner constantly gets him in trouble and causes much strife for his three sisters (Banks, Deschanel, and Mortimer). When Ned’s girlfriend dumps him and kicks him off the farm, Ned’s siblings do their best to help him out – and in return, he inadvertently makes a mess of all their lives. But is that exactly what they needed in the first place?
Chances are good you can see where this is going – that is, numerous scenes with Rudd playing a kinder but more dim-witted version of his surf instructor character from Forgetting Sarah Marshall, while the rest of the cast act flustered by his quirky antics. But does the movie actually look funny?
Find out by watching the trailer for Our Idiot Brother below:
I wouldn’t exactly call this trailer laugh-out-loud hilarious, but it’s nothing terrible either. Rudd seems charming enough as a dopey stoner-type with good intentions, and the movie as whole comes off as a (for lack of a better term) “nicer” comedy than last year’s slightly similar Dinner for Schmucks – which featured Rudd as the straight man and Steve Carell as the socially-inept outcast whose behavior wrecks the lives of those around him.
One thing I do appreciate is that Our Idiot Brother seems to be heavier on the awkward sitcom humor and less so on the stereotypical “cutesy” quirky type that pops up a lot in independent comedies. That’s not to say that quirky equals bad in my book, but indie flicks and especially Sundance comedies have a long history of going overboard with the “quirky” bits and gags.
Our Idiot Brother is scheduled for theatrical release this summer on August 26th. Will you be giving it a look?