Plot: Bill (Nick Kroll) has been his brother Robbie’s keeper since a childhood incident left Robbie (Adam Scott) blinded. Despite his lack of sight, Robbie has pushed himself to achieve and has excelled in several fields, with an emphasis on athletic oriented events such as marathons. He also founded a charity to help others dealing with blindness, so he is well liked and respected. But Bill isn’t as driven or ambitious as his brother, though it doesn’t matter, since he feels obligated to help Robbie, often to the detriment of his own interests. Meanwhile Rose (Jenny Slate) is trying to be a better person and after a one night stand with Bill, decides to be more giving and winds up involved with Robbie, unaware he is Bill’s brother. Soon a twisted love triangle emerges, while Bill and Robbie train for yet another fundraiser.
Entertainment Value: My Blind Brother is a decent movie, but it is the kind of comedy that holds your attention as you watch, only to be forgotten as soon as the end credits start to roll. But not all films need to be memorable, though provoking experiences, so I think My Blind Brother is a solid movie, even if it never rises above average and seems content with that. The narrative is passable and holds interest, mainly to see what kind of nastiness the characters will inflict upon each other next. This is the kind of movie that has no real likable characters, as everyone comes off as selfish and willing to bump someone else to get what they want. My Blind Brother works best when it embraces the darker side of the material, though it does soften and try to shoehorn in some emotional beats, which fall flat here. The finale seems out of place with the rest of the movie, but it isn’t as hollow as it could have been. I wanted to really like this one, as I love a good, dark comedy, but My Blind Brother winds up as basic and forgettable, rarely going for broke with the humor.
As the humor is mostly middle of the road at best, I think the main reason to check out My Blind Brother has to be the cast. The three leads have all been in some terrific movies and television shows, so fans of their work should have some laughs and get more out of this than most. These are all great choices for this kind of dark humor too, especially Jenny Slate, who is the standout here. She conveys the desire to be a good person, but the refusal to bypass the selfish needs to do so. I think few actors can nail the unlikable, but humorous persona like Slate does and while this is similar to some of her other work, she is still a lot of fun here. Adam Scott is good as the blind douche, with a great kind of oblivious presence that adds some humor. Nick Kroll is the weak link here, with a decent, but unremarkable performance. I think he was a good choice for the role, but he doesn’t do much with his chances to shine. I wish the script was better, as these three can do so much more than they show in My Blind Brother.