Our Idiot Brother
Director: Jesse Peretz
Starring: Paul Rudd, Elizabeth Banks, Zooey Deschanel, Emily Mortimer, Rashida Jones, Adam Scott, Steve Coogan, Kathryn Hahn, T.J. Miller, Shirley Knight, Matthew Mindler, Sterling K. Brown, Hugh Dancy, Janet Montgomery, Bob Stephenson, Peter Hermann
Ned (Paul Rudd ) is a young hippy type organic farmer that operates a stall in a New York farmer's market. Naïve to the extreme his innocence soon gets him into trouble and he is sent to jail. On release he goes for a family dinner and with he three weird sisters, Miranda (Elizabeth Banks), Natalie (Zooey Deschanel), and Liz (Emily Mortimer). Each sister has her own personal drama. Liz is married to documentary filmmaker Dylan (Steve Coogan); Ned gets a job working for him and discovers Dylan having an affair with his subject, a Russian ballerina. When this gets back to Liz, Ned gets the blame. Liz, who is in a solid relationship with Cindy (Rashida Jones), has a fling with a male artist (Hugh Dancy) and gets pregnant, the secret of which is entrusted to Ned. Natalie, who works for Vanity Fair magazine, uses Ned in a shady way to get some inside dirt for a big story. And so it goes Paul Rudd is charming as Ned, the laid-back title character. Not an out and out comedy, the laughs are consistent and occasionally outlandish, but more often, they arise out of recognizable family situations.