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Sundance '11 Review: 'My Idiot Brother' Is Apatovian, Pleasureable & A Real Surprise

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  • January 23, 2011 11:33 AM
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From our reviews correspondent over at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival, James Rocchi.“My Idiot Brother,” directed by Jesse Peretz, is in many ways a hard film to rationalize here at the Sundance film festival. It is a glossy comedy, albeit with a thin layer of surface grime provided by harsh language, brief nudity and other mature circumstances to take a bit of the gleam off. It is about as “independent” as a premature infant on a respirator. It does not introduce new faces and talents, nor does it show us talents we know doing something different. Instead, “My Idiot Brother” assembles a comedy dream team for a story of family and forgiveness, shows us people trying to be good, trying to be more than themselves, and has amazing comedy bits ranging from huge sight gags and ba-doomp-boomp! punchlines, to razor-sharp sentences that boomerang back after they’ve whizzed by and silent expressions that convey volumes. It is a clear heir to the Apatovian comedy trend of emotional journeys along roads pocked with potty-talk potholes, and yet it also has as much heart as, if not more than, the best of Apatow’s work. It may be slender, but it is also a sheer delight.

Bland First Look At 'Wanderlust' Starring Paul Rudd & Jennifer Aniston

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 19, 2011 4:23 AM
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How do you sell a pretty funny-sounding comedy with a great ensemble case and interesting premise? It's not by releasing a still featuring the film's two stars in what looks like a picture that could be ripped from a catalog from your local area parks and recreation department.

First Look: Zooey Deschanel, Rashida Jones, Elizabeth Banks & Emily Mortimer In 'My Idiot Brother'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • January 10, 2011 2:47 AM
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9 New Photos From The Paul Rudd Comedy Premiering At SundanceWith the film set to premiere later this month at Sundance, Jesse Peretz's star-driven comedy "My Idiot Brother" has launched an official website featuring the first look at the band of actresses playing the sisters of Paul Rudd's protagonist including Elizabeth Banks, Zooey Deschanel and Emily Mortimer as well as Rashida Jones who plays Deschanel's character's lesbian lover.

Paul Rudd & Leslie Mann To Reprise "Knocked Up" Married Roles For New Judd Apatow Spin-Off

  • By Edward Davis
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  • January 7, 2011 2:51 AM
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Think Along The Lines Of 'Get Him To The Greek'Update: Judd Apatow tells HitFix, "It is just a story from Pete and Debbie's current life. People really responded to their characters and problems. I felt like there was a lot of ground I could explore with them....There are some fun details yet to reveal but I will let them come out slowly. It's more fun that way."

Review: 'How Do You Know' Is An Uneven But Ultimately Pleasant Experience

  • By Christopher Bell
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  • December 15, 2010 8:17 AM
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With a recent influx of middling romantic comedies, it's easy to forget how different the genre used to be. Now very polished and only a success if it stars 40 different actors/actresses each with three minutes of screen time, movies including "Green Card" and "Crossing Delancey" showed a different side of things. Instead of drowning audiences in star power, they offered a down-to-earth and complex female individual with an unfortunate penchant for choosing the wrong guy. It was easy to figure out who to root for, but there was something more to it. It may have been the comfortable aura the movies had about them, or the fact that their protagonists looked more like real people than, say, Jessica Alba or Jennifer Garner. James L. Brooks did it even better, delving into all characters and really seeing what made them tick. It's easy to forget him; while he's not a stranger to romantic comedies he's more like a visitor, making a film once every few years before going back into hiding. His peak was with 1997's "As Good As It Gets," which garnered two Oscars for its leads along with a slew of other nominations, but 2004's "Spanglish" was largely ignored and forgotten. He returns six years later with the regrettably titled "How Do You Know," a typically pleasant diversion from the usual fare but not without its problems.

Paul Rudd Says He Won't Be In 'The Muppets'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 6, 2010 9:01 AM
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Since pretty much every cameo and celeb appearance has been given away for the upcoming "The Muppet Movie," we're left with telling you won't in the film. Paul Rudd was mentioned in a early batch of names that were said to be appearing in the film but like Jane Lynch before him, it appears word on his participation was a bit premature.

James L. Brooks Forced To Cut Extra F-Bombs To Score PG-13 Rating For 'How Do You Know?'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • November 12, 2010 3:06 AM
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After losing an MPAA appeal to defeat a R-rating, Columbia Pictures will be recutting James L. Brooks' upcoming romantic comedy "How Do You Know" starring Reese Witherspoon, Owen Wilson and Paul Rudd.

Paul Rudd, Jack Black, Jane Lynch, Danny Trejo, Ed Helms & More Reportedly Joining 'The Muppets'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • November 12, 2010 1:30 AM
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Lady Gaga May Appear Alongside Rumors Of John Krasinski, Donald Glover & More It's time to get things started is right. The cast to the new "The Muppets" movie -- spearheaded by star and superfan Jason Segel -- is expanding. We've already been promised several celebrity cameos and now Production Weekly have tweeted that myriad well-known actors have joined the growing ensemble. First and foremost is Paul Rudd who will evidently voice Walter The Muppet, the main new character (seen above with an iPhone) who stars alongside Segel and Amy Adams (Chris Cooper and Rashida Jones are already part of the cast).

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