Paul Rudd Tackles MY IDIOT BROTHER

With his MY IDIOT BROTHER, Jesse Peretz seeks to follow in the delicate footsteps of successful dramatic-comedy hybrids from past Sundance Film Festivals like LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE and “(500) DAYS OF SUMMER,” the Los Angeles Times notes.

Paul Rudd plays the film’s bearded, Croc-wearing, granola-eating, idealistic title character, who works his way through the households of his three sisters, played by Emily Mortimer, Elizabeth Banks and Zooey Deschanel. The actor was aware of the challenge inherent in tackling such a genre-straddling role. “There have been a lot of stoner characters in comedies, and there was a temptation to play it broad like that,” he told the L.A. Times. “But IDIOT BROTHER here is a little bit of a misnomer. A lot of what I was trying to do is show something else — that if you’re willing to give a higher version of yourself, other people will step up too.”

Though initial reviews have been mixed (some positive; some not so much), if anyone has been born to pull off funny-deep, it’s Rudd. Even watching him talk about his character in an interview with MTV elicits laughter.

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