A comedy centered on an idealist who barges into the lives of his three sisters.

Director:

Jesse Peretz

Writers:

Jesse Peretz (story), Evgenia Peretz (story) | 3 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Paul Rudd ... Ned
Nick Sullivan ... Customer
Francesca Papalia Francesca Papalia ... Sadie
Bob Stephenson ... Officer Washburn
Elizabeth Banks ... Miranda
Peter Hermann ... Terry
Adam Scott ... Jeremy
Kelly Briter ... Girl with Jeremy
Rashida Jones ... Cindy
Zooey Deschanel ... Natalie
Emily Mortimer ... Liz
Steve Coogan ... Dylan
Kathryn Hahn ... Janet
T.J. Miller ... Billy
Shirley Knight ... Ilene
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Storyline

Ned lived a happy life growing organic vegetables on a farm with his hippie girlfriend and his dog named Willie Nelson, but an unadvised incident with marijuana at a farmer's market lands him in jail. When he gets out of jail, he is off to live with his sisters. While Ned is still happy, his sisters are much less so after his honest, but unworldly manner contributes to revelations which manage to expose infidelity in one marriage, potentially illegal actions in one job opportunity, dishonesty in one budding relationship and morally unpleasant behaviour in one domestic partnership. He sees those problems as breakdowns in communication, but his sisters see him as an idiot. The truth the audience witness is that ultimately, Ned is a catalyst for good around him without consciously setting out to do so. The denouement of the film sees balance restored with a positive outcome for all in the family. Written by napierslogs

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Taglines:

Everybody has one.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexual content including nudity, and for language throughout | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Kathryn Hawn and Paul Rudd were both in How Do You Know(2010) and Wanderlust(2012). See more »

Goofs

She says "crowning glory" but the subtitle says "crowing glory". See more »

Quotes

Ned: [working with Billy in their new recycled candle shop] Anyway, what I was saying though, is that people recycle cans, they recycle papers, you know... why not, why not candles? I say, we put a bin out, let people bring their old drippings in their convenience.
Billy: It's like those, those bags, that say - I used to be a plastic bottle. We can have a bin that say - I used to be another candle!
Ned: That's a great idea. Yeah. And then when they bring those candles, we put them in another bin that say - I used ...
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Crazy Credits

Bloopers and outtakes shown during the closing credits. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Family Guy: Our Idiot Brian (2015) See more »

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Arrow's Arabesque
Written & Performed by Paul Cantelon
Courtesy of Arrow Peretz
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This movie is solid entertainment.
28 August 2011 | by PWNYCNYSee all my reviews

What a wonderful movie. Paul Rudd is terrific. He is truly the star. His performance is outstanding. The idiot is not Paul's character, Ned. He is a good-natured person who is willing to give everyone the benefit of the doubt. Rather, the idiots are his three pretentious sisters who treat Ned like a child, misinterpreting his honesty for immaturity. Ned maintains his integrity, which is in sharp contrast to the phoniness that he encounters in others. Misunderstandings occur as Ned forces his sisters to confront their own lies. Ned is perceived as the family problem when in fact he is the solution, except no one knows it, at first. Several scenes are amusing as Ned's good nature and candid outlook produces some awkward situations. This movie succeeds because it tells a story, does so with humor, and keeps the audience engaged.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 August 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Our Idiot Brother See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,011,631, 28 August 2011

Gross USA:

$24,816,118

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$25,804,448
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SDDS | Datasat | Dolby Digital

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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