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Dumb and Dumber

In honor of ‘Our Idiot Brother,’ opening Friday, watch 11 dumbest movie brothers, from Fredo to Bart Simpson. By Marlow Stern.

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Fredo Corleone—‘The Godfather’ Films

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The gold standard in bumbling, idiot brothers, Fredo Corleone (brilliantly played by the late John Cazale), famously fumbles his gun while his father, Don Corleone (Brando) is nearly assassinated on a New York city street. He’s then shipped off to Las Vegas to lessen the burden on the Corleone family, and there he becomes a womanizing kingpin of sorts and eventually runs a brothel. Despite being Michael’s (Al Pacino) older brother, Fredo is “passed over,” and Michael is appointed head of the family since, according to Michael, “Fredo has a good heart, but he’s weak and stupid.” Ultimately, Fredo betrays his younger brother when he strikes a deal with an agent of rival gangster Hyman Roth, leading to an assassination attempt on Michael. Naturally, Michael isn’t amused, and Fredo, quite literally, sleeps with the fishes. And you can now witness most of Fredo’s stupid antics for free, courtesy of YouTube.

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