More Cheech than Chong, Ned (Paul Rudd) is no idiot, but his goof-along sweetness and lack of drive make him an easy butt for the jokes and verdicts of his more structured sisters. They are richly played by Kathryn Hahn, Elizabeth Banks, Emily Mortimer, and Zooey Deschanel (who often seems to be floating in a talcum mist of charm). Using Rudd’s infallibly deft reactions and line readings as hub and heart, Jesse Peretz directed the Long Island family (Shirley Knight is the nice, wine-time mama) in a way that verges on sitcom yet never feels canned. Amusing males include Adam Scott, T.J. Miller, and witheringly smug Steve Coogan. Smart, even a touch deep in its ensemble skills, and only corny (enjoyably) with a dog, this is a delightful movie. 2011.

3.0 stars

— David Elliott

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