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A SERIOUS MAN

 
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At Theaters: 10/2/2009 On Video: 2/9/2010
Rated: R Length: 1 hr. 45 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 549907
Studio: Focus Features
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A physics professor learns that his wife is leaving him for another man. His house is in turmoil with his unemployable brother sleeping on the couch, his son is a discipline problem and his daughter is taking money from his wallet for a nose job. He seeks advice from three different rabbis.
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Comedy - This is a quirky and very dark comedy-drama like most of the Coen Brothers' work. Those looking for something mainstream and upbeat will not find it here. The strong themes surrounding and references to the Jewish faith may also limit wide accessibility.
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Cast and Crew Heading
Michael Stuhlbarg BODY OF LIES
Fred Melamed THE GOOD MOTHER, THE MANHATTAN PROJECT
Richard Kind THE VISITOR, THE STATION AGENT
Aaron Wolff Film Debut
Sari Lennick Film Debut
Jessica McManus Film Debut
Adam Arkin HITCH, HALLOWEEN H20
Wri/Dir: Joel Coen BURN AFTER READING, NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN
Prod/Wri: Ethan Coen BURN AFTER READING, NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN
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About The Production
Casting Calls
Better Homes And More
Glossary
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PROFANITY: 16 F-words, 6 S-words, a few others.
SEX/NUDITY: Sex and unrelated nudity.
VIOLENCE: A shooting and stabbing with blood.
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Tobacco and marijuana.
ACTION: None.
COMEDY: Dark humor; religious humor.
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Berardinelli, Internet Critic Full Review
Very Good Initially, it appears to be relatively straightforward, but the Coens throw in seemingly irrelevant details that have payoffs, even when the nature of the payoff is not immediately obvious.

USA Today Full Review
Very Good A Serious Man, while less commercial and star-studded than their last two films — 2008's Burn After Reading and 2007's Oscar-winning No Country for Old Men— is intimate, provocative and wickedly witty.

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D ETAILED S TORYLINE
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 (Tony Award nominee Michael Stuhlbarg), a physics professor at a quiet Midwestern university, has just been informed by his wife Judith (Sari Lennick) that she is leaving him. She has fallen in love with one of his more pompous acquaintances, Sy Ableman (Fred Melamed), who seems to her a more substantial person than the feckless Larry. Larry's unemployable brother Arthur (Richard Kind) is sleeping on the couch, his son Danny (Aaron Wolff) is a discipline problem and a shirker at Hebrew school, and his daughter Sarah (Jessica McManus) is filching money from his wallet in order to save up for a nose job.

While his wife and Sy Ableman blithely make new domestic arrangements, and his brother becomes more and more of a burden, an anonymous hostile letter-writer is trying to sabotage Larry's chances for tenure at the university. Also, a graduate student seems to be trying to bribe him for a passing grade while at the same time threatening to sue him for defamation. Plus, the beautiful woman next door torments him by sunbathing nude. Struggling for equilibrium, Larry seeks advice from three different rabbis. Can anyone help him cope with his afflictions and become a righteous person - a mensch - a serious man?

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