DVD Review: Our Idiot brother (+trailer)

By Craig Nicholson


One of the wonderful things about children is the innocence they bring with their view of life.

Whereas adults have long since lost that magic, children see the pure and beautiful in everything around them.

When an adult approaches life with a child's innocent outlook they are seen as silly or stupid.

Ned Rochlin (Paul Rudd) is one such man-child.

He takes people at face value, trusts implicitly and gives his fellow man and woman the benefit of a huge doubt. Unfortunately, that innocence does not serve him, or any of those close to him, very well.

He is constantly in trouble with his family and the police because of his brutal honesty.

His sisters, Miranda (Elizabeth Banks), Natalie (Zooey Deschanel) and Liz (Emily Mortimer), love him dearly but he has a huge capacity to drive them all crazy.

Without a home to call his own, Ned drifts between his sisters' houses until he gets thrown out for being too straightforward.

But slowly it dawns on his family that what Ned brings to the table is just what they need and any difficulties he innocently creates helps their lives in the end.

Ned shows us all that honesty is the best policy and retaining a little bit of the child in us all is not necessarily a bad thing.

Our Idiot Brother is a lovely story about a man trying to find his place in life and is told with warmth and humour.

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Our Idiot Brother

Starring: Elizabeth Banks, Paul Rudd and Emily Mortimer

(M), Roadshow Entertainment

Rating: 4 / 5 Stars

- Hamilton News

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