Paul Rudd might be the best comic actor of his generation. That doesn’t mean he’s the best comedian, it means he can inhabit three-dimensional characters and get laughs with dialogue, and that he can find the nuances to make a character that could easily be played as a one-note joke into a real human being. The latter is what he does in Jesse Peretz’s Our Idiot Brother
Rudd plays Ned, a hippie pacifist and organic farmer who, during the course of an opening scene that beautifully establishes both the movie’s tone and the main character’s open-hearted personality, gets shipped to jail for selling drugs to a uniformed police officer. When he gets out,...