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The Brothers Bloom (2008)

PG-13  |   |  Adventure, Comedy, Drama  |  19 June 2009 (USA)
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The Brothers Bloom are the best con men in the world, swindling millionaires with complex scenarios of lust and intrigue. Now they've decided to take on one last job - showing a beautiful and eccentric heiress the time of her life with a romantic adventure that takes them around the world.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Narrator (voice)
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Craig Johnson ...
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Dubravko Jovanovic ...


Brothers - older Stephen and three years junior Bloom - have been con artists since they were kids. Stephen is the mastermind, for who the intricacy of the story used in the con is as important as the positive outcome of the swindle. Bloom is the main character of Stephen's stories, the character he considers the anti-hero. As adults, they travel the world and never enlist the same people twice in their cons, except for their consistent sidekick, the mysterious and primarily silent Bang Bang, a Japanese woman who just appeared in their lives one day and who has a penchant for blowing things up. As Bloom hits his mid-thirties, he wants to quit the business as he is losing his own identity to that of the characters he portrays; he doesn't know anymore what is real and what is make-believe. Stephen talks him into one last con, the mark to be the eccentric, lonely but beautiful New Jersey heiress, Penelope Stamp. Penelope's primary past-time in life is to, as she calls it, "borrow hobbies... Written by Huggo

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Two master deceivers. One last swindling journey. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for violence, some sensuality and brief strong language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

19 June 2009 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Penelope  »

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Box Office


$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$90,400 (USA) (15 May 2009)


$3,519,627 (USA) (31 July 2009)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Bang Bang says only three words in the entire film, not counting the karaoke she does. See more »


When the Brothers Bloom first visit Penelope's castle, they are driving a Cadillac Seville. Bloom asks Bang Bang, "This a '78 Caddy? Controversial choice." The car is actually a 1983 Seville, whose bodystyle was built from 1980-1985. See more »


[first lines]
Narrator: As far as con man stories go, I think I've heard them all. Of grifters, ropers, faro-fixers; tails drawn long and tall. But if one bears a bookmark in the confidence man's tome, it would be that of Penelope, and of the brothers Bloom.
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References Murder on the Orient Express (1974) See more »


The Fabulist
Written and Performed by Nathan Johnson
Courtesy of Choplogic Music - Under license from Nathan Johnson
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User Reviews

It starts great, and then... It hits you. This actually is corny and really, really bad.
2 October 2009 | by (Romania) – See all my reviews

The beginning of the movie was stunning. We laughed, we admired the incredibly clever and original postmodern intrigue, basically, we were so incredibly eager to see the story get going and develop into a beautiful show of wit and twists. God, oh, God, what a disappointment followed! I have never written a comment here, because in each and every movie, regardless of how bad it was, I realized there was something that might appeal to a certain number of viewers, so, hey, who am I to say? But with The Brothers Bloom there is such a crappy trap, that I cannot just sit and do nothing, as other hundreds of people are misled into watching it by the great cast and the amazing plot! It's boring as hell, if you take apart the ever changing locations. But even the locations are cheap and unbearably corny, unless you're in love with Europe and have never been out of the US or Japan, the characters are shallow and have no real personality... Basically, it all resumes to a horrible script. I know nothing of the director and writer of the movie, I read he's a cool guy. But honestly, he should find a professional script writer, cause he sure as hell has no idea about a dialog. Of course, there are also some good things, cause otherwise there wouldn't be so many people writing how the movie is the best - nice humor, every now and then, but never from dialog, which is really sad, and the amazing Rachel Weisz, she could act perfectly in the worst movie, I start to think. In conclusion, if you are in for a Saturday flick and don't mind pretentious screenplays that, ultimately, are very kitsch, go for it. If you expect to see an amazing adventure/romance movie with a clever plot, you'll regret every moment after minute 20 of the movie.

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