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Parents' Guide to

Our Idiot Brother

By S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Mature comedy mixes edgy content, sweet substance.

Movie R 2011 96 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 16+

Based on 4 parent reviews

age 15+

really good

not the best movie but it is awesome

This title has:

Great messages
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
age 18+

Idiotic, describes it all.

I feel like an idiot for wasting money and time on this movie. With some decent characters and acting but the storyline, just got dumber and dumber. There was a few laugh at parts but nothing worth telling my friends about. All in all Typical stoner type movie, with a family twist.

This title has:

Too much sex
Too much swearing

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (4 ):
Kids say (4 ):

OUR IDIOT BROTHER is funny. It's also shockingly wise. And both of these wonderful attributes don't hit you until the end, when you're overwhelmed by the film's cumulative moments of genius and hilarity. This isn't your average stoner comedy, and it's far from your average comedy of manners. To a person, it gets its characterizations right, from Ned's uber-PC ex-girlfriend with hostility issues to Miranda's type-A New York journalist to Ned himself. He's a walking, talking personification of the song "Don't Worry, Be Happy," a giant peace sign combined with the iconic smiley face.

What makes the movie most successful, apart from the uniformly strong performances from the entire cast, is its depth. It would be so easy to dismiss Ned as a dope, except that the way he approaches the world makes sense. Far from idiocy, it may just be the recipe for sanity. The film's pacing sometimes nearly grinds to a halt, but that's a rare moment. Otherwise, it's pretty brilliant.

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