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Genres Comedy Drama
Running Time 105 min
Release Date Oct 2, 2009
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A Serious Man

"A Serious Man" is the story of an ordinary man's search for clarity in a universe where Jefferson Airplane is on the radio and "F-Troop" is on TV. It is 1967, and Larry Gopnik, a physics professor at a quiet Midwestern university, has just been informed by his wife Judith that she is leaving him. She has fallen in love with one of his more pompous colleagues, Sy Ableman, who seems to her a more substantial person than the feckless Larry. Larry's unemployable brother Arthur is sleeping on the couch,… Show more

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The other day, a colleague of mine called the Coen brothers “Stanley Kubrick’s grandchildren,’’ and he didn’t mean it as a compliment. He was referencing the cold, almost inhuman brilliance the filmmakers share; the cynicism that allows no emotion beyond the unforgiving laugh. (The songs of Steely Dan also came up, and that makes sense, too: Any major dude will tell you Becker and Fagen and Ethan and Joel share pop-culture DNA, crafting works of mysterious pleasure while sneering at greater meaning.)

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Nov 08, 2009 - EdEScot on A Serious Man
Theater Rocks With laughter

Fantastic, the theater was filled with laughter almost the whole way through. The exception being the intorductory segment which was very interesting but not funny. This is also one of the most thoughtful movies that I have seen in years, you will be talking about it all the way home. Loved It!

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Nov 04, 2009 - LeftCoastKeeley on A Serious Man
Not a Great Coen Brother's Film

Overall, a disappointing Coen Brothers film, especially considering Ty's 4 star rating which is way, way off the mark. I agree with the first readers sentiment, and like him, I am giving this film 1 star to bring down the overall. While no Coen film deserves 1 star, it certainly doesn't deserve 4 stars and viewers should be warned (hence the goal of bringing down the overall average).

The film: dark without being funny or clever. A heavy handed lesson in Jewish angst and religious zeitgeist that work to distance the viewer as a stranger looking in. Basic themes of freedom as a fleeting thing with chaos and upheaval awaiting behind every corner. You don't care about the characters- Larry's not lovable, he's just a schmuck. I feel that this film is a semi-autobiographical tale that has the Coen's doing insider jokes about people in their own community that overly rely on their faith and traditions. Perhaps this is simply projecting, but I felt a nod to an atheistic understanding combined with a frustration with people who seek answers outside of themselves.

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Nov 01, 2009 - bobjodi on A Serious Man
Not Funny?

Painfully funny? Not even close. This movie was painfully awful.
The Coen brothers every so often come up with a gem. But this one is not it. Along with their gems, they've made some duds. This is one of their duds.
Unfortunately, the media "loves" everything they do, so they suck you in. I know what to expect when I see a good Coen brothers movie. Usually a dark, interesting comedy. This one is only dark and lacks the last 2 characteristics.

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