Our Idiot Brother- Villain or Victim

Our Idiot Brother  is a late summer film exploring sibling strife.

In the film, a grown up brother is a Peter Pan who refuses to grow up. His three sisters are wanton, scheming and frustrated by their own life. They are three mad Wendys’ angry at the their sibling’s immature residence in Neverland, which sometimes becomes their homes.

Ned, the rootless brother, ends up in jail by selling marijuana to a cop He comes home to find his girlfriend gone with their dog Willie Nelson.

Ned flees to his sister’s home in Brooklyn and the story moves through the endless frustration and anger his three sisters have with their sibling’s sincere hippie immaturity.

The film makes the sisters the villains and the brother, a sweet fool – a victim turned hero. It has a sibling theme that covers so many major sibling issues

Gender- Male siblings often trump sisters. Even though Ned gets into packs of trouble with his sisters and their families- he is still seen as the brother/ male hero and the sisters calculating and living a vacuous life.

Estrangement- Gen X sibling relationships are often ruptured.  These sisters want little to do with their, innocent yet trouble prone brother. They only put him up after he has no other options.

Do you have an idiot brother who you keep out of your life?

Do you find just being a male keeps brothers as favorites and sisters, the lesser gender, as portrayed by these three bossy harpy sisters?

I recommend the film and looking closely at your own sibling relationship.


About momlovesyoubest

Cathy Cress holds an MSW in Aging from U.C. Berkeley. Her new book Mom Loves You Best, Forgiving and Forging Sibling Relationships , New Horizon Press, was published October 2010. Cress’s book , Handbook of Geriatric Care Management, Jones and Bartlett, is the bible of geriatric care management and is out out in a third edition in February 2011 .Her book Care Managers, Working With the Aging Family, Jones and Bartlett,2008 is one of the few major books on the aging family. Ms. Cress is the founder of GCM Consult ,working with small and national who want to add or launch GCM businesses. She is on the faculty at the University of Florida in their on line master’s in geriatric care management -GCM . She has taught geriatric care management at San Francisco State University , UC Berkeley and teaches at Cabrillo College and San Mateo College. She was founder and director of Cresscare, a GCM business, for 25 years.
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