The parade of projects featuring Parks and Recreation alumni continues with British filmmaker Sophie Goodhart's directorial debut, an expansion of her 2003 New York University short. Ohio-based brothers Robbie (Adam Scott with an odd little-boy haircut) and Bill (Nick Kroll, believably down-to-earth) are fully grown adults who still live at home. Bill, a pot-smoking sugar addict who manages a print shop, has been catering to the needs of his visually impaired sibling for years, and he's just about had enough.
Since Robbie is an athlete who spends all of his time competing in charity events, everyone thinks he's awesome when he's actually a passive-aggressive asshole who wields his disability as a weapon. He also believes that women fall into two categories: "hot" and "pig." Yeah, he’s a real charmer. When the two men fall for the same woman, the people-pleasing Rose (Jenny Slate), something has to give.
Though Rose is initially ambivalent about the unambitious Bill, she feels like she should be interested in Robbie. Out of guilt for a prior relationship that went terribly awry, she flatters his ego until fate finally intercedes. Like caustic comedy The Bronze, which revolved around an egomaniacal gymnast, My Blind Brother works better as an exploration of toxic narcissism than a laugh-generating device. Which isn’t the worst thing in the world, but there's a sense that a deeper, darker film is lying just below the surface, struggling to breathe free. I think I'd prefer that film.