Film: Our Idiot Brother

Our Idiot Brother (Or Saying Too Much: The Movie) is a 2011 comedy starring Paul Rudd where he plays an organic farmer who gets busted selling marijuana to a uniformed cop (the cop said had a rough week) and spends eight months in jail. After getting out and evicted from his ex-girlfriend's farm, he now has to live with his three sisters in Manhattan while he works different odd jobs to get enough money together to rent a goat barn. There's also a subplot of him trying to get his dog back from his ex-girlfriend.

Hilarity Ensues.

The following tropes appear in Our Idiot Brother

  • Actor Allusion: Ned mentions the movie Anchorman. His actor Paul Rudd was in it.
  • Actual Pacifist: Janet claims to be this, making her an extremely rare villainous example.
    Janet: OK, I'm a pacifist. I don't play that way.
    Miranda: I'm gonna peace you in the side of the fuckin' head you don't give us the dog.
    Janet: I'm not going to receive that with anything but love.
  • The Alcoholic: Downplayed, but Mother Rochlin is seen with a wine glass in all of her scenes except for when the family goes to get Willie Nelson back from Janet.
  • All-Loving Hero: Ned's philosophy is to trust everyone and believe they will 'step up and do the right thing'. His entire family (and Billy) are inspired by this and become better people by the end. His sisters describe him as "Loving everyone and everything unconditionally."
  • Big Applesauce: Where Ned comes to live and, being an All-Loving Hero, he's out of place.
  • But Now I Must Go: Ned announces that he doesn't like living in the city and is moving. "My work here is done."
  • Cool Big Sis: Natalie even though she's younger, she seems to the closest and nicest to Ned.
  • Cult: Christian's self-help group may be one of these due to the secrecy Christian insists on.
  • Dumb Is Good: Ned is one of the nicest people in the movie, but he goes into Too Dumb to Live territory. (See below)
  • Even the Guys Want Him: Ned. It's a little hard for him to have a threesome with a girl and her boyfriend, though.
  • Friend to All Living Things: Is there anyone that Ned doesn't like?
  • Heel Realization: Ned's eventual outburst to his sisters about their selfishness during the game of charades visibly shocks and upsets them. But it's about the point that Ned decides he'd rather spend time in prison than be released into their custody when they try to post bail that it sinks in that maybe they've been the bigger assholes in this situation.
  • Jerkass: Filled with them, most notably Miranda, Ned's brother-in-law, and his Ex Girl-friend Janet.
  • Never My Fault: Ned's sisters. While Ned's habit of Saying Too Much does cause genuine problems for them, many of those problems wouldn't exist in the first place if it wasn't for their own selfishness, neuroses and tendency to lie their way out of tricky situations. Nevertheless, they find it easier to just blame Ned rather than face the possibility that they might have some blame for the ways their lives have worked out.
  • Nice Guy: Exaggerated Trope. Ned is nice to his dysfunctional family, the people he meets in the city and even his Psycho Ex-Girlfriend is met more with frustration than actual anger.
  • Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping:
    • Emily Mortimer is clearly not American.
    • Steve Coogan's slips at times.
  • Passive-Aggressive Kombat: Janet has mastered this. See Actual Pacifist.
    • Although not to nearly the same degree, Ned's sisters know how to get passive aggressive as well.
  • Psycho Ex-Girlfriend: Janet. She breaks up with Ned, kicks him off the farm, and refuses to let him have his dog presumably out of spite. And she's a bitch.
  • Romantic False Lead: Lady Arrabella seems like the Designated Love Interest, but as soon as Ned asks her out she turns him down and is never seen again, thus keeping the plot focused on the family.
  • Strawman Has a Point: Janet keeping the dog. Ned has no place to live, and spends the movie crashing with various family members. It's a lot more stable for a dog to live on a farm than with someone who is effectively homeless.note 
  • Saying Too Much: The plot of the movie is driven by Ned's inability to keep personal details about his family and himself a secret, letting slip incriminating (and even criminal) information at inopportune moments.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: After living with his neurotic sisters and their blame for messing with their lives, he finally loses his temper and tells that their selfishness is hurting themselves and bringing everyone around them down.
  • Title Drop: Provided by Zooey Deschanel.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Ned could qualify based on three scenes:
    • Selling a uniformed police officer marijuana. (The cop's tactics were borderline entrapment as Ned is initially hesitant to sell to him, but it's still a dumb move on Ned's part). His parole officer assumes he's mentally retarded because of it.
    • On a subway in New York Ned is counting a good chunk of money when he spills something on his pants. He asks the guy sitting next to him to hold his money while he cleans himself up. The guy doesn't take it but the look on his face is disbelief and he's clearly pondering running off with the money.
    • He tells his parole officer that he's smoked marijuana since the last time they met, prompting another arrest. note 
  • Wide-Eyed Idealist: Ned is an idealist in a sea of Jerk Asses and Dysfunction Junction but by the end his idealism has rubbed off on all but one of them.