"Our Idiot Brother" stars Paul Rudd as an idealist stoner who invades the lives of his three sisters, played by Banks, Emily Mortimer and Zooey Deschanel. The comedy hit theaters on August 26, 2011. (Check out photos from the film's Hollywood premiere here).
In the film, which hit theaters on August 26, Banks plays Miranda, a career-driven journalist who is about to the break of her career. As for Rudd's character Ned, Banks said, "He has no money, no job, no place to live. The actress also opened up about a person in her life that's most like Rudd's carefree character in the film. Check out the trailer for "Our Idiot Brother" below.
As far as movie stoners go, Paul Rudd's character in "Our Idiot Brother" would find Jeff Lebowski too loud for his liking, Jeff Spicoli too amped up for his tastes and Cheech & Chong too motivated.
Ned is one mellow dude, a fellow who enjoys the organic life.
Compared to the rest of the people in this lark of a comedy, Ned is a content soul, without a malicious bone in his body. For all of the film's assorted liabilities, Rudd's sweet performance makes it all palatable.
Compared to the aimless Ned, we see these ladies as leading "real lives," and the movie's point is clear: It takes a man as simple as Ned to see through their moral quandaries, infidelities and misplaced priorities.
The smaller supporting roles, including Adam Scott as Banks' sci-fi geek boyfriend and Kathryn Hahn and T.J. Miller as the farm couple who evict Ned, are the funniest in the movie, with Rudd and Miller's stoner-to-stoner conversations going nowhere, hilariously. 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. Rudd's character works in this film because his easy, charming sweetness and unpatronizing wisdom make him seem simply uninformed and candid, not stupid. "Our Idiot Brother" is not perfect, but it is idiot-proof.
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. Movie Trailer :