Our Idiot Brother

August 26th 2011
  • Comedy/Drama,
  • R,
  • 96 min,
  • The Weinstein Company
  • Cast: Paul Rudd, Elizabeth Banks, Zooey Deschanel, Emily Mortimer, Rashida Jones, Hugh Dancy, Kathryn Hahn, Shirley Knight, Janet Montgomery, Steve Coogan
  • Director: Jesse Peretz
  • Writers: Evgenia Peretz, David Schisgall
  • Producers: Anthony Bregman, Peter Saraf, Marc Turtletaub
  • Executive Producers: Jesse Peretz, Caroline Jaczko, Stefanie Azpiazu, John Hodges, Aleen Keshishian
  • Art Direction: Michael Ahern
  • Casting: Jeanne McCarthy
  • Costume Design: Christopher Peterson
  • D.O.P.: Yaron Orbach
  • Editors: Andy Mondshein, Jacob Claycroft
  • Makeup: Marilyn Carbone
  • Musics: Nathan Larson, Eric Johnson
  • Production Design: Inbal Weinberg
  • Set Decoration: Susan Perlman


Every family has one: the sibling who is always just a little bit behind the curve when it comes to getting his life together.

For sisters Liz (Emily Mortimer), Miranda (Elizabeth Banks) and Natalie (Zooey Deschanel), that person is their perennially upbeat brother Ned (Paul Rudd), an erstwhile organic farmer whose willingness to rely on the honesty of mankind is a less-than-optimum strategy for a tidy, trouble-free existence. Ned may be utterly lacking in common sense, but he is their brother and so, after his girlfriend dumps him and boots him off the farm, his sisters once again come to his rescue.

As Liz, Emily and Natalie each take a turn at housing Ned, their brother's unfailing commitment to honesty creates more than a few messes in their comfortable routines. But as each of their lives begins to unravel, Ned's family comes to realize that maybe, in believing and trusting the people around him, Ned isn't such an idiot after all.

Basic Information

  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Filming Locations: New York City, USA
  • MPAA Warning: Sexual content including nudity, and for language throughout
  • Production Budget: $9 million
  • Production Companies: Big Beach Films, Likely Story
  • Production Schedule: September 2010 - October 2010

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2011 Guide Analysis: "Scoring a good response over the weekend at the Sundance Film Festival, this broad light comedy with a sweet heart charmed the pants off The Weinstein Company to the tune of around $6 million for distribution rights. That covers most of its sub-$10 million budget, a number that it could potentially outgross by several factors if the good-natured tone hinted at in the reviews were correct. If anything, the few negatives tended to be because this is a more commercial feature than some expected.

Jesse Peretz and his sister Evgenia came up with an early incarnation of the script but were unable to finance it, instead they decided to draft another more commercial story with characters in their thirties. Evgenia and her husband David Schisgall ultimately penned the script, and the resulting project went into production unusually quickly for an independent film with shooting wrapping less than four months after the script was picked up by the producers.

In fact, Paul Rudd signed on to play the lead role even before the producers picked up the film. Shot over six weeks in New York City and Upstate New York last July with a cast that includes those names above and the likes of Rashida Jones, Hugh Dancy, Kathryn Hahn and Shirley Knight, this is is one indie feature that definitely has some major crossover potential should the marketing guys sell it right."

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