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Rated R · 105 min. · 2010

Comedy, Drama
The Coen Bros. return to the Minneapolis metro area, but this time they’re making fun of Jewish Americans instead of Swedes (as in Fargo). The dry, ultra-arch, bleakly hilarious plight of timid physics professor and suburban cuckold Larry Gopnik (a brilliant Michael Stuhlbarg) piles insult on top of indignity, as everything in the world goes wrong for Larry — and his only recourse is to consult a series of condescending, incomprehensible religious leaders. There’s a joke in here somewhere, and it’s on Larry, but after we digest that there’s still half a movie left in front of us. As usual in a Coen film, the camera work is magnificent and the character parts are beautifully played (by Sari Lennick, Fred Melamed, Richard Kind, and Aaron Wolff). But, also as usual, there’s something cold and overly analytical about it, as if Joel and Ethan Coen were dissecting “American stereotypes of the ‘60s” for a Ph.D thesis. Is Larry a schlemiel, a noodge, or a schmendrik, and who cares? (105 min.).
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Director: Joel Coen and Ethan Coen
Writer: Joel Coen and Ethan Coen
Producer: Ethan Coen and Joel Coen
Cast: Michael Stuhlbarg, Sari Lennick, Richard Kind, Fred Melamed, Aaron Wolff, Jessica McManus and Adam Arkin


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