New Release: Our Idiot Brother DVD and Blu-ray

Release Date: Nov. 29, 2011
Price: DVD $29.99, Blu-ray $39.98
Studio: Anchor Bay

Our Idiot Brother movie scene

Elizabeth Banks takes in Paul Rudd's foolishness in Our Idiot Brother.

Sibling stupidity rules in the comedy Our Idiot Brother, starring Paul Rudd (Dinner for Schmucks) as a foolish, happy-go-lucky idealist who wreaks havoc in the lives of his three sisters — Elizabeth Banks (The Next Three Days), Zooey Deschanel (Your Highness) and Emily Mortimer (City Island) — even as he tries to do the right thing.

Rudd’s character of Ned may be utterly lacking in common sense, but after his girlfriend dumps him and boots him off their farm, his sisters must once again come to his rescue. As Miranda (Banks), Natalie (Deschanel)  and Liz (Mortimer) each take turns at housing Ned, their brother’s unfailing commitment to honesty creates more than a few messes in their comfortable routines. But after seeing life through Ned’s optimistic perspective, the family comes to realize that maybe Ned isn’t such an idiot afterall.

Directed by Jesse Peretz (The Ex), Our Idiot Brother co-stars Rashida Jones (TV’s Parks and Recreation) and ubiquitous funnyman Steve Coogan (The Trip).

The film enjoyed a wide release in U.S. theaters in August 2011, where it grossed $25 million. That’s not a bad take for a movie that cost a reported $5 million to produce.

Bonus features on the Blu-ray and DVD include the following:

  • audio commentary with director Jesse Peretz
  • “The Making of Our Idiot Brother” featurette
  • deleted and extended scenes

Here’s the trailer. Laugh.:

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About Laurence

Founder and editor Laurence Lerman saw Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest when he was 13 years old and that’s all it took. He has been writing about film and video for more than a quarter of a century for magazines, anthologies, websites and most recently, Video Business magazine, where he served as the Reviews Editor for 15 years.