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Our Idiot Brother Review

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2.0

Dave White Profile

Weed cures everything, it turns out. Read full review

3.5

Grae Drake Profile

Hooray for hippies Read full review

Other Critics provided by Metacritic.com

Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 3.0
    60

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Mixed or average reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 50

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter

    Shambles along with all the purposefulness of its title character, a kind of near-beer Lebowski who's neither reckless enough to cheer for nor misguided enough to disdain.

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  • 70

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal John Anderson

    Goofily funny, and silly, and in many ways follows the currents of contemporary comedy into the gulf stream of inanity. And yet Ned turns out to be a strangely moving figure, a comic foil worthy of affection, perhaps even respect.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    Watching Rudd bring dimension to what could have been a clownish caricature is the best reason to see this good-natured family comedy.

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  • 83

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    I do wish the movie's ending weren't so squishy. It's been changed from the finale that Sundance audiences saw earlier this year and now reeks of focus-group testing.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 16+

Mature comedy mixes edgy content, sweet substance.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this surprisingly wise comedy, while hilarious (though not in a showy, Hangover-esque way), addresses some mature themes, including infidelity, incarceration, and job boundaries. Swearing abounds (including plenty of "f--k"s), and some scenes are quite sexually charged, including one that shows a character at the beginning of a threesome. Most of the nudity is somewhat indirect -- viewable from the side or the back, in brief slices -- but plenty of action is implied, and there's some frank talk as well. A couple of scenes involve marijuana.

  • Families can talk about Ned and his sisters. How would you characterize their relationships? Do they seem authentic and believable? How do they compare to family members you've seen in other movies?
  • What are the movie's messages about family and relationships?
  • Parents, talk to your kids about how Ned approaches life. Does it work for him? Why?

The good stuff
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    Messages: A big chunk of the movie shows the positive repercussions that happen when people are more honest and kind with each other (though it also shows that there are people who look like they live kindness and compassion but are as aggressive as they come). Another message is that families do well when they stick together and support each other.

  • rolemodels true3

    Role models: The movie’s central figure, Ned (aka the idiot brother), lives and breathes the motto "kill them with kindness." He's compassionate to a fault and quietly teaches those around him to be more authentic, gentle, and self-aware.

What to watch for
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    Violence: Some yelling and screaming. Friends and family insult each other.

  • sex false4

    Sex: A man gets caught in a near threesome; viewers see another man naked (from the side), with a bare-chested woman astride him (her breasts are visible in profile). In another scene, a man is shown naked, his testicles quickly glimpsed. He’s with a woman; she's mostly clothed, but the suggestion is that they're caught having sex. A married woman flashes her husband, but viewers don’t see her (he makes a comment about her private parts). Frank discussion about the sexual habits of one of the sisters, who at one point is shown buttoning up after posing nude for an artist.

  • language false4

    Language: Many uses of words including "f--k," "s--t," "d--k," "c--k," "goddamn," "a--hole," "oh my God," and more.

  • consumerism false2

    Consumerism: Nair labels are prominently seen, as is the Apple computer logo.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: A man is shown passing a bag of weed to a cop. Later he admits to smoking some of it with a neighbor. Social drinking (wine, etc) at restaurants, family meals, and parties. One character is particularly fond of her wine.

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