August 30, 2011

Our Idiot Brother-AMC Empire

Erica: The second showing we caught at the Empire was Our Idiot Brother. The audience was our usual rude, disruptive, loud crowd. They commented on every preview (cheering some, booing others) and the person next to me was texting on his iPhone every time he found something in the movie funny. It was opening night for the movie so I don't know why I was expecting any other kind of behavior on a Friday night.

Mike: Actually, I thought the crowd behaved themselves for the most part. It was actually a small group of loud, obnoxious assholes sitting in the back who were making all the noise and spoiling things. Plus a handful of texters, including the guy sitting next to you, who looked like a German henchman from an 80s movie.

I really enjoyed this film. I am a huge fan of Adam Scott so that was a big plus going into the movie. I mean this as the highest form of a compliment but Paul Rudd plays idiot really well. He can pull off stoner brother perfectly. This movie tells the tale of a brother just released from prison looking for a place to stay after his girlfriend breaks up with him. After living with his mother, he decides it may be better to live with each of his three sisters, all while trying to get his dog, Willie Nelson, back from his ex. First up is Emily Mortimer's character. She is a very timid housewife with a husband (Steve Coogan) who is a producer who is hardly ever home to look after their two kids. When he is around, he is very strict with the kids, making his son choose dance over karate. Rudd's character bonds very well with their son. After he gets kicked out, he lives with Elizabeth Banks' character. She is single and has a successful job at Vanity Fair (landing her first big story with a famous designer). After he messes up her life, he goes to his final sister, played by Zooey Deschanel who has multiple roommates, including her girlfriend, played by Rashida Jones. It is an all-star cast and non-stop laughs. While crude at times, it is funny and heartwarming all at the same time.

I dug it, too. It's a fun, light dramedy that's very easy to enjoy and get lost in for 90 minutes. At times, Rudd's character is a little too stupid and it loses its plausibility, but if you can look past that you'll have a good time.

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