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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.
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.
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.
Berardinelli, Internet CriticFull 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 TodayFull 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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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?