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THE MAN WHO WASN'T THERE

 
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At Theaters: 11/14/2001 On Video: 4/16/2002
Rated: R Length: hr. min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 359907
Studio: USA Films
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Ed Crane is a barber in a small northern California town. Ed is dissatisfied with his life, but his wife Doris' infidelity presents Ed with an opportunity for blackmail that he thinks will help him to change it. However, Ed's scheme unravels and lays bare even darker secrets before leading to murder.

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Drama - A very slow drama that's likely to only appeal to those who look deep into a movie for its meaning. Those that go for general entertainment will likely be very bored.
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Cast and Crew Heading
Billy Bob Thornton BANDITS, PRINCESS MONONOKE, PUSHING TIN
Frances McDormand ALMOST FAMOUS, WONDER BOYS, MADELINE
James Gandolfini THE LAST CASTLE, 8MM
Wri/Dir: Joel Coen O BROTHER, WHERE ART THOU, THE BIG LEBOWSKI
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Production Notes Heading
Not provided by studio.
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Content Heading
PROFANITY: 16 GD's, plus a few milder words.
SEX/NUDITY: One quick scene of suggested sexual activity.
VIOLENCE: Some killings. One is a bit graphic.
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Lots of cigarette smoking and some social drinking.
ACTION: Very little and very mild.
COMEDY: Only about a dozen smiles. Others may find it funnier.
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Entertainment Weekly   Full Review
Very Good "The Man Who Wasn't There marks a return to form for the Coens after the flat-footed Okie high jinks of ''O Brother, Where Art Thou?,'' but they're still too eager to seal their vision with an absurdist shrug. Ed's identity all but melts away, and it's hard to say whether that's his tragedy or whether it's because the Coens never quite believed in him in the first place.''

James Berardinelli, Internet Critic  Full Review
Good "Those looking for the typical Coen outlandishness may be disappointed; on the other hand, those in search of a genuine Hitchcock homage will probably be pleased. The Man Who Wasn't There reminds us of how entertaining a thriller can be when it concentrates on storyline rather than the overused staples of car chases and shoot-outs.''

Roger Ebert  Full Review
Good "The look, feel and ingenuity of this film are so lovingly modulated you wonder if anyone else could have done it better than the Coens. ..so assured and perceptive in its style, so loving, so intensely right, that if you can receive on that frequency, the film is like a voluptuous feast. ''

TV Guide Online  Full Review
Average "A ravishingly beautiful, widescreen B&W noir pastiche that starts with the classic noir narrative wherein some hapless schmoe gets away with one misdeed but pays for another.  ..the film is ultimately disappointing. It's clever, in a "dare you to name this hommage" kind of way, but it's fundamentally heartless and coldly hollow.''

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OPINION OVERVIEW
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BORING, is what I believe the average moviegoer is going to say after seeing this movie. Only moviegoers into movies that are more about style and artistry should see this movie. Those who want to simply be entertained should look elsewhere.

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