Jul 28, 2014

'Our Idiot Brother' Is a Pretty Smart Comedy

A clueless hippie with no real goals in life drives his family crazy but ends up providing some real life lessons man.

Paul Rudd looks all hippie dippy as Ned, an immature man-child who drives his family crazy in the film Our Idiot Brother. Rudd spends most of the movie crashing on one sofa after another in a series of unfortunate events. 

Ned first lands at his sister Liz's house. Liz, played by Emily Mortimer, is an insecure Brooklyn mom married to Dylan (Steve Coogan). Ned quickly wears out his welcome and moves in with his sister Miranda, played by Elizabeth Banks, a writer for Vanity Fair. Finally, he joins his artsy, bisexual bohemian sister Natalie, played by Zooey Deschanel. Ned has a knack for always saying or doing the wrong thing. He means well, but his sisters aren't putting up with it.

Rudd's character works in this film because his easy, charming sweetness and unpatronizing wisdom make him seem simply uninformed and candid, not stupid. He's part Forrest Gump in his passive innocence and part dude from The Big Lebowski in his look. Our Idiot Brother is not perfect, but it is idiot-proof.

This is a sweet film about how being clueless and positive can bring out the best in people. Rudd's live-and-let-live character comes across as genuine and proves someone so simple can right the lives of others — even three troubled sisters.

The flick-o-meter gives Our Idiot Brother a solid three out of five. The strong cast of comedians helps in this film that plays heavily on lifestyles from the hippy to the Manhattan yuppy. It is warm and funny, and really, what is there not to love about a clueless granola cruncher? Plus, it is only 90 minutes long.

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"Our Idiot Brother" is playing at located at 3101 Cobb Parkway. Daily showtimes are at 11:10 a.m., 1:25 p.m., 3:40 p.m., 5:55 p.m., 8:10 p.m., and 10:25 p.m.

After the Movie:

If you catch this flick Saturday, don’t be an idiot afterwards and call it an early night. Smyrna’s oldest tavern and best dive bar, delivers free live rock music with The Underground Sound Band starting at 9 p.m. Many people drive right by Concord Road’s Red’s Timbers without ever knowing that this hidden gem regularly hosts a variety of excellent live music. 

Describing themselves as “four guys and a chick who love classic rock and are having a blast making music,” Mad Mel & Underground Sound Band respectably pull off Janis Joplin, the Doors, the Stones, Lynyrd Skynyrd, U2, Clash, Foo Fighters and much, much more. And even if don’t drag along your idiot brother, they may indulge you with a little “Free Bird.”

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