18. OUR IDIOT BROTHER
Director: Jesse Peretz
Stars: Paul Rudd, Elizabeth Banks, Emily Mortimer, Zooey Deschanel, Adam Scott, Steve Coogan, Hugh Dancy, Rashida Jones
Release Date: August 26
Why we’re excited: In damn near every one of his post Anchorman projects, Paul Rudd has played the same kind of role: the friendly and well-meaning average Joe. We’re not complaining, per se; we gladly re-watch Role Models every time it plays on cable. Yet one can’t help but think that, much like Michael Cera, the guy’s shtick is starting to wear a little thin.
Which is why Our Idiot Brother is so appealing. Granted, Rudd is once again playing a good dude, but this time he’s also a hippie stoner right out of Dazed & Confused. After getting arrested for giving a cop some weed, Rudd’s character turns to his much more successful sisters (the cute trifecta of Elizabeth Banks, Emily Mortimer, and Zooey Deschanel) for help staying afloat.
Our Idiot Brother’s premiere at the Sundance Film Festival this past January led to a studio bidding war, with the Weinstein Company ultimately winning with a bid of nearly $7 million. Apparently a half-baked Rudd is worth a full bank account’s worth of gwap; we can’t wait to see for ourselves.