Stalwart scene stealer Paul Rudd is back, and he's taking another shot at a lead role in 'Our Idiot Brother,' TV director Jesse Peretz's ('Important Things With Demetri Martin') indie comedy about a nice-guy farmer (Rudd) who gets arrested for selling marijuana to a uniformed police officer.
The actor hasn't always had the best of luck when asked to carry a flick. His last two tries, James L. Brooks' 'How Do You Know' with Reese Witherspoon and his team-up with Steve Carell, 'Dinner for Schmucks,' both failed to catch on with critics or moviegoers. With 'Idiot,' though, Rudd seems to have found a part that plays right to the low-key likability that's made him a favorite in smaller roles.
Down on his luck after getting out of the slammer, Ned is taken in by each of his three sisters -- stay-at-home mom Liz (Emily Mortimer), careerist Miranda (Elizabeth Banks) and hipster Natalie (Zooey Deschanel) -- all of whom have their own private troubles to contend with on top of taking care of their, well, idiot brother.
The film, out Aug. 26, received a warm reception at this year's Sundance Film Festival, earning praise for Rudd and screenwriters David Schisgall and Evgenia Peretz. The producers are the same team who rolled into Sundance a few years back with a little film called 'Little Miss Sunshine,' and we all know things turned out pretty well for that one.
Check out the trailer after the jump and let us know what you think.