Despite what the posters say, Our Idiot Brother is less of a roll-on-the-floor-comedy, and more of a feel-good-indie. That doesn’t mean you won’t laugh out loud while watching though (the parole officer conversations and an attempted threesome are particularly rich moments). Loaded with generation X stars including Paul Rudd, Elizabeth Banks, Zooey Deschanel, Rashida Jones and Emily Mortimer, the film follows the stupid but good-natured Ned’s reunion with his family after a brief stint in jail. Between bouts of hippie mocking and outright slapstick, the film hones in on the self-centered patterns people often fall into while sprinting through life. We walked away pleased with the leisurely 90 minute flick, despite normally avoiding most movies in this genre. More importantly, we actually left the screening in a good mood, instead of the usual depressed or bewildered state that many indies aim for. So, if you’re looking for a safe movie bet that you and a date would enjoy watching, Our Idiot Brother should be high on the list.

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