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Jan Wahl Movie Review: 'Our Idiot Brother'

(KCBS) - KCBS Entertainment Editor Jan Wahl reviews the comedy Our Idiot Brother starring Paul Rudd, Elizabeth Banks and Zooey Deschanel. Plus, Women Art Revolution about female artists in the '60s.


It is refreshing to find a comedy with wit and not vulgarity, laughs about character rather than bathroom or vomit jokes. The film tells the tale of a simple, sweet guy who keeps making mistakes. Sounds routine, but the characters bring it all to life. His sisters are each interesting and live lives of quiet desperation, especially when it comes to their freeloading brother. Yet everyone is easy to relate to, and events occur that actually could happen. Directed by Jesse Peretz, treating the audience as if we have a brain and can handle smart comedy..beautifully acted by Paul Rudd and a terrific group of actresses getting deserved scenes of depth..and wit.



From Conceiving Ada to Teknolust, Lynn Hershman Leeson has been a notable Bay Area filmmaker and artist. She had a passion to tell the story of female artists in the 1960's who could not get their work shown, and the struggle for women everywhere to live out loud. From feminist workshops to the artists like Judy Chicago and so many others, this is an important reminder that nobody gives any recognition to women, they have to fight for it.


In Memoriam
A hats off and great respect and recognition to Graham Leggat, who was a friend and colleague, taking the San Francisco International Film Festival to new heights.. a vital, terrific man who loved classic movies and avant guarde cinema..I will always cherish the day I got to push him into the pool when he was dressed as the surrealist magritte for a Tenderloin pool toss fundraiser..his talent and passion will be with us always.
- Jan Wahl

You can hear KCBS Entertainment Editor Jan Wahl's movie reviews on KCBS All News 740AM and 106.9FM Fridays at 8:53am & 4:53pm.

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