‘My Blind Brother’ is Love Triangle Dramedy That You’ve Probably Seen Before

GameStop, Inc.

My Blind Brother

The bonds of brotherhood are a double-edged sword, combining a lifelong loyalty with an underlying sibling rivalry. That’s the portrait of brotherhood portrayed in My Blind Brother, the new comedy-drama from writer-director Sophie Goodhart. As hard as it tries to make light of a sibling rivalry, a love triangle, and disabilities, My Blind Brother fails to do much its concept, opting to make a rather predictable movie with obvious situations and more obvious conclusions and life lessons learned. With a talented comedic cast, My Blind Brother is a genuine disappointment.

Bill (Nick Kroll) would prefer to spend his days lazing on the couch, smoking weed, drinking too much, and watching TV. However, Bill’s brother Robbie (Adam Scott) doesn’t have that same passive attitude despite his visual impairment, running in marathons for charity with the help of a somewhat reluctant Bill. Robbie’s achievements in marathons and charity have made him somewhat of a local celebrity, and his speeches casually omit praise for Bill’s contributions. Following the marathon, Bill goes to a local bar to relax and have a drink. There he meets Rose (Jenny Slate), who’s mourning the loss of her boyfriend who was killed in accident following an argument. The two have a night of passion, though the next morning is one of regret for Rose who wants to use the recent tragedy as motivation to be a better person. Meanwhile, Robbie sets himself up for his next big conquest – swimming across the local lake. With Bill weary to take on another vigorous training regiment, Robbie secures the assistance of a young girl willing to help – Rose. All of which leads to an awkward love triangle where Robbie and Rose start dating and Bill yearning for Rose’s love on the outside.

The biggest issue with My Blind Brother is the fact that most of the situations are extremely predictable. The outcome of the love triangle is never at any point in doubt, and Goodhart seems determined to resolve every matter in the most obvious fashion. Compounding matters, the film just never reaches the comedic levels its aiming for. A major part of the ineffective humor stems from the fact that much of it is rooted in gags surrounding a disability, including the movie’s best comedic scene. I won’t go as far to say that My Blind Brother is problematic – it never comes across as mean spirited – but too many of the film’s jokes are rooted in Robbie’s disability, like a couple of scenes where Robbie uses his other attuned skills to drive a car.

Character motivations don’t help the story at hand in My Blind Brother. Adam Scott’s character is basically a reincarnation of his character from Step Brothers with a visual impairment. He’s cocky and confident in his abilities, and sometimes lashes out at those around him when things don’t go his way. Both Rose and Bill are characters motivated solely by guilt. The overwhelming guilt that engulfs Rose leads to her volunteer with Robbie, and that same guilt is why she ends up in a relationship with him. At the same time, Bill’s devotion to his brother is also a function of guilt. Throughout the brief film, there’s not a character operating in earnest until the rosy, predictable conclusion.

My Blind Brother isn’t a debacle or a terrible movie, just one that is wholly underwhelming. The talented cast are game, but the script is never near the levels of their performances. The film is shot well, with no jarring incompetence to its visual language. But there’s just something missing at the heart of My Blind Brother. It never coheres as intended on every comedic and dramatic level it aims for.

My Blind Brother
  • Overall Score
2.5

Summary

With three talented leads, My Blind Brother fails to cohere into either an effective drama or comedy in its fairly predictable love triangle.

Anytime Costumes

Leave a Reply

FanboyNation
Animation/Anime Interviews Animation/Anime News Animation/Anime Reviews Film/TV Interviews Film/TV News Film/TV Review
Annabeth Gish & C. Thomas Howell Talk About Their New Modern Western, ‘Ride’ – Interview

Annabeth Gish and C. Thomas Howell Discuss Their Roles in the...

Exclusive Clip from Roku’s ‘Fight Inc.: Inside the UFC’

Exclusive Clip from ‘Fight Inc.: Inside the UFC‘ now streaming exclusively...

‘D.I.Y. Duck’ Honors the Legacy of Donald Duck on His 90th Birthday – Review

Disney Legend Mark Henn and his team of artists honor Donald...

Event News Event Reviews
‘The Old Man and the Old Moon’ at Mission San Juan Capistrano – News

‘The Old Man and the Old Moon‘ at Mission San Juan...

‘Holmes & Watson’ Solve the Case at the Laguna Playhouse – Review

Jeffrey Hatcher’s ‘Holmes & Watson‘, Enthralls Audiences in a Magnificent twist...

‘Disney’s The Little Mermaid’ Enchants Audiences at La Mirada Theatre – Review

‘Disney’s The Little Mermaid‘ Enchants Audiences with a heartwarming performance now...

Automotives Football MMA, Kick Boxing & Boxing Professional Wrestling
Oscar De La Hoya Partners with El Rey for ‘Friday Night Fights’ – Interview

The Golden Boy himself chatted with us about Golden Boy Promotions...

Olympic Runner Colleen Quigley ‘On The Road to Paris’

Team USA Olympic Runner, Colleen Quigley is On The Road to...

Paralympian Swimmer Ahalya Lettenberger On The Road to Paris

Team USA Paralympian Swimmer, Ahalya Lettenberger is On The Road to...

Adult Continuity Comics on the Can Cultural Junk Drawer Future Comic Rock Stars Is That Racist? Revisiting the Reviled THAT'S NOT ROTTEN! The B-Reel The Cantina Scene This Week in Crowdfunding What the HELL Did I just...?
Fantoy Comics Presents: Harry Potter and the Pahrump Apocalypse – Blood on the cactus pt 2?

Scone?

Fantoy Comics Presents – Harry Potter and the Pahrump Apocalypse! Blood on the cactus pt 1

It was really bloody, limbs hacked, heads torn off etc

Cultural Junk Drawer – The trial of Bluddgore the Obliterator

Wrech Cohvlid takes the stand providing testimony corroborating Cockmiester’s. He also...

Music Interviews Music News Music Reviews
Joe Kwaczala Talks About His new Comedy Album ‘Funny Songs & Sketches’ – Interview

Joe Kwaczala Talks About His new Comedy Album ‘Funny Songs &...

Songwriter and Poet, Tamara Mechael Talks About Her Career in the Arts

First Generation Assyrian-Chaldean, Songwriter and Poet, Tamara Mechael Talks About Her...

Louden Swain Headlining Los Angeles Show at The Echo

Press Release – Louden Swain are headlining Los Angeles show at...

Enabled Gaming Gaming News Gaming Reviews
Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League
Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League Gameplay Trailer

The first Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League gameplay trailer was revealed during...

Wonder Woman Game
Wonder Woman Game Announced By DC and WB Games

Wonder Woman game will feature the iconic hero in a 3rd...

MultiVersus
MultiVersus brings Batman, Arya Stark, Bugs Bunny, and More

MultiVersus is bringing Shaggy, Harley Quinn, Jake, Batman, Arya Stark, Bugs Bunny,...

Comic Creator Interviews Comic/Graphic Novel News Comic/Graphic Novel Reviews Manga News Manga Reviews Novel/Novella Author Interviews Novel/Novella News Novel/Novella Reviews
Gary Morgenstein Talks ‘A Dugout to Peace’ the Final Installment of his Trilogy

Gary Morgenstein Talks About ‘A Dugout to Peace‘ the final installment...

Chris Clews Is ‘Raised on the 80s’ and Shares Those Life Lessons

Chris Clews was ‘Raised on the 80s‘ and Shares Those Life...

Roye Okupe Brings Authentic African Representation to HBO Max and Cartoon Network

Nigerian-American, Roye Okupe brings authentic African representation to HBO Max and...

Apparel/Personal Maintenance News Apparel/Personal Maintenance Reviews Entertainment Product News Entertainment Product Reviews Food/Beverage Reviews Hardware News Hardware Reviews Mystery Box News Mystery Box Reviews
Harry Potter: Magic Caster Wand Demo

The new ‘Harry Potter: Magic Caster Wand‘ is ready to ship...

Chef Jen Peters and Matthew Clayton Bring us the ‘Good Flour’

Canadian Super Chef Jen Peters and Matthew Clayton Bring us the...

Pop Insider 2021 Holiday Gift Guide
Pop Insider 2021 Holiday Gift Guide

The Pop Insider 2021 Holiday Gift Guide is now available to help...

Gaming Uncensored Toon-In-Talk
Episode 38: Hamid Rahmanian

Join Whitney Grace as she speaks with artist Hamid Rahmanian, who...

No Preview
Toon-In Talk Episode 37: Niki Smith

Whitney Grace interviews graphic novel writer and artist Niki Smith about...

Toon-In Talk Episode 36: Rob Paulsen

Rob Paulsen takes some time from his busy voice acting schedule...