Gallery: Our Idiot Brother
At first glance, Our Idiot Brother appears to be just as shapeless and slow as its titular character, Ned (Paul Rudd), a hippie space cadet caught in a self-imposed orbit heading exactly nowhere. The opening moment is a perfect example why; Ned quickly gets conned into a drug deal by a uniformed police officer, an act of complete stupidity that lives up to the title’s promise of extreme lameness. Yet Our Idiot Brother admires Ned’s nomadic sensibility and sunny obliviousness, turning his character traits into essential keys to understanding director Jesse Peretz’s skewering of social negativity. Through Ned’s earnest trials and tribulations, we see the world as it should be; a place where positive truisms illuminate and can potentially deepen the complexities of modern urban existence. Ned’s world may be pure fantasy, but there’s a lovely sense of virtue and honor in his seemingly clueless virtual reality.
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