With a title like My Idiot Brother and the casting of Paul Rudd, you might expect this to be another Judd Apatow or Adam McKay thingy with Will Ferrell or Seth Rogen playing the intellectually challenged title character while Rudd wears a suit and a straight face. But rather, according to The Hollywood Reporter, this project is actually an indie comedy from director Jesse Peretz(The Ex), and Rudd in fact has the role of "the idiot brother." And by idiot, they don't mean an arrested development man-boy type so much as an "idealist" guy who's contrasted by three "ambitious" sisters. Fittingly, the script was co-written by Peretz's sister, Vanity Fair contributing editor Evgenia Peretz.

Her partner on the screenplay was documentary filmmaker David Schisgall(Very Young Girls), and the film boasts a nice crop of big name indie producers, including Anthony Bregman (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind) and Little Miss Sunshine's Peter Saraf and Marc Turtletaub. Bregman says the appeal lies in the fact that we all have idiot brothers (I have two brothers, neither of whom is an idiot -- does that mean it's me?). Of course, the real appeal here is Rudd, who we all want to see humorously dealing with an overbearing mother (please, Bregman, bring back your Lovely & Amazing matriarch, Brenda Blethyn) and three eclipsing sisters -- hopefully one of them is played by Bregman reg Catherine Keener.
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