Ideal Home (film)

Ideal Home is a 2018 American comedy-drama film, written and directed by Andrew Fleming and starring Steve Coogan, Paul Rudd, Alison Pill, Jake McDorman, and Jack Gore.

Ideal Home
Theatrical release poster
Directed byAndrew Fleming
Produced byAaron Ryder
Gabrielle Tana
Maria Teresa Arida
Clark Peterson
Maxime Rémillard
Written byAndrew Fleming
Music byMartin Simpson
CinematographyAlexander Gruszynski
Edited byJeffrey M. Werner
Distributed byBrainstorm Media
Release date
  • February 15, 2018 (2018-02-15) (Mardi Gras)
  • June 29, 2018 (2018-06-29) (United States)
Running time
91 minutes
CountryUnited States

It premiered at the Mardi Gras Film Festival on February 15, 2018 and was released in the United States on June 29, 2018.


Erasmus (Coogan) and Paul (Rudd) are a gay couple whose life is turned inside out when a ten-year-old boy, Bill, shows up at their door claiming to be Erasmus's grandson. Erasmus is a famous chef and Paul is the producer of his cooking show, and they live in a large showplace house in New Mexico. Bill’s father, Beau, was the result of a one-time heterosexual encounter, and Erasmus has never met him or Bill. Beau has been jailed on drug charges and instructed Bill to find his grandfather.

Erasmus and Paul come to embrace parenthood, although Paul does most of the heavy lifting. Beau attempts to get clean in jail, and tells Erasmus and Paul that he plans to take Bill out of state once he is released. When Bill says he would rather stay with the couple, Erasmus consults a lawyer. He is told that it’s unlikely he’ll get custody unless Bill is in immediate danger from his father. Erasmus and Paul try to enjoy the holidays with Bill and the time they have left with him. After Beau shows up to take Bill, Erasmus invites him in hoping to change his mind; later that night, Beau takes Bill and leaves without saying goodbye.

Erasmus and Paul’s relationship has been strained, and Paul tells Erasmus that he plans to take a job with Rachael Ray’s show in New York. Erasmus seems indifferent at first but jumps in front of Paul’s car and begs him to stay. Paul goes as far as the airport, but turns back and they reconcile. Beau gets into a drunk-driving accident with Bill in the car, and Erasmus and Paul are awarded custody.


  • Steve Coogan[1] as Erasmus Brumble, Bill's grandfather and a TV chef
  • Paul Rudd[1] as Paul Morgan, Erasmus's director and long-term partner
  • Jack Gore as Angel/Bill Brumble, Erasmus's estranged grandson
  • Alison Pill as Melissa from Child Protective Services
  • Jake McDorman[2] as Beau
  • Jesse Luken as Director
  • Eric Womack as Officer Forrest
  • Jenny Gabrielle as Betty
  • Lora Martinez-Cunningham Ms. Garcia
  • Monique Candelaria as Officer Guttierez
  • Frances Lee McCain as Doris


Andrew Fleming directed the film from his own script with producers on the film are Aaron Ryder, Gabrielle Tana, Maria Teresa Arida, Clark Peterson, and Maxime Rémillard.[3]

Principal photography on the film began on May 11, 2016 in Santa Fe, New Mexico.[3]


In May 2016, Remstar Films acquired the Canadian distribution rights to the film.[4] The film had its world premiere at the Mardi Gras Film Festival on February 15, 2018.[5] Shortly after, Brainstorm Media acquired U.S. distribution rights to the film and set it for a June 29, 2018.[6]


On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 65%, based on 46 reviews, and an average rating of 5.4/10. The critical consensus reads: "Ideal Home benefits from the chemistry between a well-chosen cast, whose work helps tip the scales against the script's inconsistent -- and occasionally retrograde -- humor."[7] On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average rating of 62 out of 100, based on 10 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[8] Zac Platt of ScreenRealm gave the film 3/5 stars, writing that "even if it's not a must see, the warm and fuzzy tone and winning characters make Ideal Home an easy recommendation."[9]


  1. McNary, Dave (May 10, 2016). "Why Steve Coogan and Paul Rudd's New Movie Proved an 'Ideal' Film for Banker's Backing". Variety. Retrieved September 8, 2016.
  2. Tartaglione, Nancy (June 21, 2016). "Jake McDorman Moves Into 'Ideal Home' With Paul Rudd And Steve Coogan". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved September 8, 2016.
  3. Ford, Rebecca (May 15, 2016). "First Look: Steve Coogan, Paul Rudd Are a Bickering Gay Couple in 'Ideal Home'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved September 8, 2016.
  4. Lang, Brent (May 14, 2016). "Cannes: Remstar Buys Canada on 'Ideal Home' With Paul Rudd, Steve Coogan (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved September 8, 2016.
  5. Barber, Laurence (January 10, 2018). "Mardi Gras Film Festival launches 25th anniversary program". Star Observer. Retrieved March 28, 2018.
  6. Vlessing, Etan (May 1, 2018). "Paul Rudd's Dramedy 'Ideal Home' Finds Distribution". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved May 1, 2018.
  7. "Ideal Home (2018)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved July 16, 2018.
  8. "Ideal Home Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved June 29, 2018.
  9. Platt, Zac (June 28, 2018). "'Ideal Home' MOVIE REVIEW: Paul Rudd & Steve Coogan Bicker in Love in Too-Comfy Dramedy". ScreenRealm. Retrieved June 28, 2018.
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