It was Danny’s idea to see “Our Idiot Brother.” I wasn’t so sure I would like it, thinking it would be similar to previous men-and-potty-humor films that had offended my sensibilities. I was pleasantly surprised – very pleasantly surprised, actually.
Paul Rudd, plays Ned, a good-hearted man who doesn’t seem to get anything right. He cannot lie or be anything other than who he is – a totally open person. His three sisters, including adorable Zooey Deschanel as Natalie, think he is an idiot, because they do not understand him or cannot see their own lives very clearly. His mother, Shirley Knight, is an unharmful gem from whom Ned gets his mellowness. That and some weed. The only puzzling part of the film is the harkening back to hippie days; we were not really sure in what “time” this was taking place. It was a fun and inspiring movie.
Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars.
“The Debt” is a much different film. There were no light moments in this drama/thriller. A Nazi war criminal, Dieter Vogel (played by Jesper Christensen) has been tracked down and captured in the 1960s by three Jewish secret agents. Helen Mirren, Tom Wilkinson, and Ciaran Hinds play the retired agents. The film goes back and forth between the 1960s mission in East Berlin and present day. It is not a feel good movie, but it is interesting and well-acted.
Rating: 3.8 stars out of 5.