Irwin "Fletch" Fletcher, Los Angeles journalist, really lives for his profession. As Jane Doe, he publishes articles that have caused several heads to roll in the past. Now, Fletch is at it... See full summary »
Joe Don Baker,
Harry Crumb is a bumbling and inept private investigator who is hired to solve the kidnapping of a young heiress which he's not expected to solve because his employer is the mastermind behind the kidnapping.
Recidivist hold-up man H.I. McDonnough and police woman Edwina marry, only to discover they are unable to conceive a child. Desperate for a baby, the pair decide to kidnap one of the quintuplets of furniture tycoon Nathan Arizona. The McDonnoughs try to keep their crime secret, while friends, co-workers and a feral bounty hunter look to use Nathan Jr. for their own purposes. Written by
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... nearly as much as I like the other Coen movies I've seen (I have not yet seen Barton Fink and The Hudsucker Proxy). Raising Arizona tries way too hard to be funny, sometimes in a Benny-Hill-kind of way, e.g. with Cage running around, dogs chasing him. I don't get it. Still, the movie's got a few genuinely humorous moments.
Considering the fact that almost all comments for this one are positive, I checked Raising Arizona's average rating of 7.6 against the ratings for other Coen movies. I was somewhat relieved to find that this movie has the lowest (average) rating of the Coen movies I've seen up to now.
A 6 out of 10.
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