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Directors:
Writers (WGA):
Joel Coen (written by) &
Ethan Coen (written by)
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Release Date:
12 September 2008 (USA) See more »
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Intelligence is relative. See more »
Plot:
A disk containing the memoirs of a CIA agent ends up in the hands of two unscrupulous gym employees who attempt to sell it. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 2 wins & 13 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Another Hit from the genius of the Coens. See more (526 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

George Clooney ... Harry Pfarrer

Frances McDormand ... Linda Litzke

Brad Pitt ... Chad Feldheimer

John Malkovich ... Osborne Cox

Tilda Swinton ... Katie Cox

Richard Jenkins ... Ted

Elizabeth Marvel ... Sandy Pfarrer

David Rasche ... CIA Officer

J.K. Simmons ... CIA Superior (as JK Simmons)

Olek Krupa ... Krapotkin

Michael Countryman ... Alan

Kevin Sussman ... Tuchman Marsh Man
J.R. Horne ... Divorce Lawyer (as JR Horne)

Hamilton Clancy ... Peck

Armand Schultz ... Olson

Pun Bandhu ... Party Guest

Karla Mosley ... Party Guest

Jeffrey DeMunn ... Cosmetic Surgeon

Richard Poe ... Stretching Gym Patron
Carmen M. Herlihy ... Prospective Gym Customer
Raul Aranas ... Manolo (as Raul Arañas)
Judy Frank ... Lawyer's Secretary
Sándor Técsy ... Russian Embassy Escort (as Sandor Tecsy)

Yury Tsykun ... Senior Russian Embassy Man

Brian O'Neill ... Hal

Robert Prescott ... Process Server

Matt Walton ... Morning Show Host

Lori Hammel ... Morning Show Hostess
Crystal Bock ... PR Woman
Patrick Boll ... Sandy's Man

Logan Kulick ... Four-Year-Old Patient

Dermot Mulroney ... Star of "Coming Up Daisy"
Robert R. Barry ... Drunken Princetonian
Ted Bouton ... Drunken Princetonian

Bob Bowersox ... Drunken Princetonian
Oliver Buckingham ... Drunken Princetonian
Michael Fawcett ... Drunken Princetonian

William Fowle ... Drunken Princetonian
Charles Gemmill ... Drunken Princetonian
Mitch Giannunzio ... Drunken Princetonian

Cliff Goulet ... Drunken Princetonian
William D. Grey ... Drunken Princetonian
Gary Henderson ... Drunken Princetonian

Ron Kidd ... Drunken Princetonian

Bill Massof ... Drunken Princetonian
Brian McKeon ... Drunken Princetonian
Ken McNeill ... Drunken Princetonian

Tim Miller ... Drunken Princetonian
Jay Parks ... Drunken Princetonian

Roger Rathburn ... Drunken Princetonian
Eric Richardson ... Drunken Princetonian

Bart Wilder ... Drunken Princetonian
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Stephen Ananicz ... Gym Guy (uncredited)

James Thomas Bligh ... Lt. Macdonald (uncredited)

Matt Cannon ... Tourist (uncredited)

Justin Doescher ... Suspicious Man (uncredited)

Kimberly Dorsey ... Tourist (uncredited)

Liam Ferguson ... Businessman (uncredited)

Matthew James Gulbranson ... Midwestern Tourist (uncredited)
Joe Jagatic ... CIA Agent (uncredited)

Richard Karn ... Himself - Family Feud Host (archive footage) (uncredited)

RJ Konner ... Senator (uncredited)

T. Alloy Langenfeld ... Nam Vet Visiting WWII Memorial (uncredited)

Douglas Nelson ... Man in Park (uncredited)
Lil Rhee ... Tourist (uncredited)

Devin Rumer ... Surveillance Man (uncredited)

Patrick Michael Strange ... Tourist (uncredited)

Kevin Tan ... Suspicious Tourist - Day Player (uncredited)

Jacqueline Wright ... Monica (uncredited)
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Directed by
Ethan Coen 
Joel Coen 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Joel Coen (written by) &
Ethan Coen (written by)

Produced by
Tim Bevan .... executive producer
Ethan Coen .... producer
Joel Coen .... producer
David Diliberto .... associate producer
Eric Fellner .... executive producer
Robert Graf .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Carter Burwell 
 
Cinematography by
Emmanuel Lubezki (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Ethan Coen  (as Roderick Jaynes)
Joel Coen 
 
Casting by
Ellen Chenoweth 
 
Production Design by
Jess Gonchor 
 
Art Direction by
David Swayze 
 
Set Decoration by
Nancy Haigh 
 
Costume Design by
Mary Zophres 
 
Makeup Department
Eileen Barrett .... additional hair stylist: Washington, DC
Jean Ann Black .... makeup department head (as Jean A. Black)
Barbara Lacy .... additional makeup artist: Washington, DC
Lyndell Quiyou .... department head hair stylist (as Lyn Quiyou)
Patricia Regan .... key makeup artist
Sonia Rivera .... key hair stylist
Waldo Sanchez .... hair stylist: Mr. Clooney
Sherri Bramlett .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Jane Choi .... assistant makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Karen Ruth Getchell .... unit supervisor: Washington DC
Robert Graf .... unit production manager
Neri Kyle Tannenbaum .... unit production manager
Michelle Wright .... executive in charge of post-production: Working Title
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Bac DeLorme .... second assistant director
Betsy Magruder .... first assistant director (as Elizabeth Magruder)
Michelle McGrier .... dga trainee
John Silvestri .... second second assistant director
Kurt Uebersax .... second second assistant director: Washington D.C.
Ronan O'Connor .... second assistant director: additional photography (uncredited)
 
Art Department
J. Todd Anderson .... graphite operator
JoAnn Atwood .... set dresser (as Joann Atwood)
Anthony Baldasare .... prop assistant
Steve Brennan .... on-set dresser
Kenny Burke .... construction grip (as Ken Burke)
Diana Burton .... property master
Carolyn Cartwright .... assistant set decorator
Rebecca Castle .... scenic: Washington, DC
Carl Catanese .... set dresser: Washington, DC
Eric Cheripka .... prop assistant
Frank Didio .... key construction foreman
Robert DiGrigoli .... foreman (as Robert Digrigoli)
Gregory Dressel .... construction grip (as Greg Dressel)
Steven T. Duke .... set dresser (as Steve Duke)
Alex Gorodetsky .... charge scenic
Roman Greller .... set dresser
Vincent Guarriello .... key construction grip
Jay Hendrickx .... camera scenic
Gregory Hill .... graphic designer
Deborah Jensen .... assistant art director
Ana Lombardo .... assistant property master
Jeffrey D. McDonald .... assistant art director (as Jeffrey McDonald)
David Meade .... construction production assistant
Rebecca Meis DeMarco .... set decoration buyer (as Becca Demarco)
Timothy Metzger .... lead dresser (as Tim Metzger)
Suzanne Mjartan .... set dresser
Mike Montgomery .... key construction grip (as Michael Montgomery)
Beth Morris .... props assistant: Washington, DC
Leann Murphy .... art department coordinator
Quang Nguyen .... scenic foreman
Tobin Ost .... assistant art director (as Tobin Obst)
Joseph S. Patire .... shop craftsman
Ron Petagna .... construction coordinator (as Ronald Petagna)
Ronnie Petagna .... foreman (as Ronnie A. Petagna)
Daniel Rosenfeld .... shop scenic
Moza Saracho .... art department production assistant
Sha-Sha Shiau .... set decorating coordinator
Stephen G. Shifflette .... set dresser: Washington, DC (as Steve Shifflette)
Nithya Shrinivasan .... assistant art director
Paul Steinberg .... shop electric
Joe Taglairino .... set dresser (as Joe Tag)
Paul Weathered .... set dressing foreman
Michael Acevedo .... carpenter (uncredited)
Glen Aldous .... scenic artist (uncredited)
Robert Antalocy .... carpenter (uncredited)
Terri Brennan .... set dresser (uncredited)
Gabu Camilo .... set dresser (uncredited)
Lou Charles .... set dresser (uncredited)
James Donahue .... scenic artist (uncredited)
Joshua Higgason .... set dresser (uncredited)
Luke Malloy .... greensman (uncredited)
Victor Morales .... scenic (uncredited)
John Ralbovsky .... scenic (uncredited)
Jeffrey Rollins .... set dresser (uncredited)
Steve Rosenzweig .... scenic artist (uncredited)
Andrew Rossig .... construction foreman (uncredited)
Amy Safhay .... lead greensperson (uncredited)
Dylan Sheridan .... set dresser (uncredited)
Marcia C. Suter .... scenic artist (uncredited)
Christopher Weiser .... scenic artist (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Craig Berkey .... sound designer
Craig Berkey .... sound re-recording mixer
Laurel Bridges .... boom operator
Johnna Chism .... assistant sound editor
Joel Dougherty .... first assistant sound editor
Catherine Harper .... foley artist
Kenton Jakub .... adr editor
Peter F. Kurland .... sound mixer (as Peter Kurland)
Skip Lievsay .... sound re-recording mixer
Skip Lievsay .... supervising sound editor
Tommy Louie .... cableperson
Darrin Mann .... foley mixer
Christopher Moriana .... foley artist (as Chris Moriana)
James Morioka .... foley editor
Greg Orloff .... sound re-recording mixer
Byron Wilson .... dialogue editor
Peter Gleaves .... adr mixer (uncredited)
Rick Gould .... adr recordist (uncredited)
Eric Harwood .... sound recordist (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Wilfred Caban .... assistant special effects foreman (as Will Caban)
Carmen Campolo .... special effects
Lorenzo Hall .... special effects assistant
Steven Kirshoff .... special effects coordinator (as Steve Kirshoff)
Frank C. Oliva Sr. .... special effects (as Frank Oliva)
Roy Savoy .... special effects
Thomas Viviano .... special effects (as Tommy Viviano)
 
Visual Effects by
Randall Balsmeyer .... visual effects supervisor: Big Film Design (as Randy Balsmeyer)
Ella Boliver .... digital compositor: Big Film Design
J. John Corbett .... lead digital artist: Big Film Design
Justin Johnson .... digital effects supervisor: Luma Pictures
Scott Minter .... digital compositor: Big Film Design
David Piombino .... digital compositor: Big Film Design
Adrienne Winterhalter .... visual effects producer: Big Film Design
Daniel Abramovich .... digital compositor (uncredited)
Justin Ball .... digital effects artist: senior systems engineer: Brainstorm Digital (uncredited)
Leslie Chung .... rotoscope artist (uncredited)
Vincent Cirelli .... visual effects supervisor: Luma Pictures (uncredited)
Matthew Conner .... digital artist (uncredited)
J. John Corbett .... digital compositor (uncredited)
Aleksandar Djordjevic .... digital compositor (uncredited)
Richard Friedlander .... visual effects producer: Brainstorm Digital (uncredited)
Ali Kocar .... digital compositor (uncredited)
Thomas Mathai .... data manager (uncredited)
Mitch Paulson .... second digital colorist: Efilm (uncredited)
Bethany Pederson Onstad .... rotoscope artist (uncredited)
Pimentel A. Raphael .... animation supervisor (uncredited)
Eric J. Robertson .... visual effects supervisor: Brainstorm Digital (uncredited)
Michael Ross-Lang .... digital compositor (uncredited)
Payam Shohadai .... executive visual effects supervisor: Luma Pictures (uncredited)
Chris 'Pinkus' Wesselman .... digital compositor: Brainstorm Digital (uncredited)
Jun Zhang .... digital compositor (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Danny Aiello III .... stunts
Bill Anagnos .... stunts
Tim Buchanan .... stunts
George B. Colucci Jr. .... stunts (as George Colucci)
Norman Douglass .... stunts
Danny Downey .... stunts (as Daniel Downey)
Stephanie Finochio .... stunts
Cort Hessler .... stunts
Donald John Hewitt .... stunts (as Donald J. Hewitt)
Jery Hewitt .... stunt coordinator
Jennifer Lamb .... stunts
Joanne Lamstein .... stunts
Samantha MacIvor .... stunts (as Samantha Macivor)
Mick O'Rourke .... stunts
Janet Paparazzo .... stunts
David Shumbris .... stunt double: Brad Pitt
Keith Siglinger .... stunts
Michael Ahl .... precision driver (uncredited)
Dennis Albanese .... precision driver (uncredited)
Samantha MacIvor .... stunt driver (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Wesley Battle .... grip
Eric Boncher .... lamp operator
Sarah Brandes .... camera loader: Washington, DC
Edward Button .... camera trainee
Kevin 'Vinnie' Campbell .... gaffer: Washington, DC
Brian Carmichael .... production video assist
Glen Engels .... best boy grip (as Glenn Engels)
Richie Ford .... rigging gaffer
Randy Greer .... remote head operator: Washington, DC
Scott Gregoire .... lamp operator
Joseph Grimaldi .... best boy electric (as Joe Grimaldi)
Richard Guinness Jr. .... key grip
Victor Huey .... grip
Billy Kerwick .... key rigging grip (as William Kerwick)
Jeremy Knaster .... lamp operator
Oriana Lewton-Leopold .... camera trainee
Bobby Mancuso .... first assistant camera: "a" camera (as Robert Mancuso)
Patrick McAllister .... genny operator: Washington, DC (as Pat McCallister)
Patrick McGrath .... dolly grip
Todd Norton .... rigging electric: Washington, DC
Bill O'Leary .... chief lighting technician
Louis Petraglia .... best boy rigging gaffer (as Louie Petraglia)
Macall B. Polay .... still photographer (as Macall Polay)
George Richmond .... camera operator: "a" camera
George Richmond .... steadicam operator
Peter Rosenfeld .... camera operator: Washington, DC
Michael Rudolph .... genny operator: base camp
Stuart Stein .... second assistant camera: Washington, DC (as Stewart Stein)
Robert Stevers .... genny operator (as Bob Stevers)
Scott Tinsley .... second assistant camera: "a" camera
Basil Tydings .... rigging electric: Washington, DC (as Basil 'Chip' Tydings)
Joseph Viano .... best boy rigging grip (as Joe Viano)
Robert Vuolo .... lamp operator (as Rob Vuolo)
Russell A. Wicks .... best boy electric: Washington, DC (as Russell Wicks)
Yueni Zander .... camera loader
Tanner Bayer .... grip: Washington, DC (uncredited)
Mark Beattie .... electrician (uncredited)
Hilary Benas .... additional camera loader (uncredited)
Jeff Callow .... grip: Washington, DC (uncredited)
Tim Ferraer .... grip (uncredited)
Zachary Henderson .... grip (uncredited)
John Keating .... grip (uncredited)
Christopher Moats .... grip: Washington, DC (uncredited)
Monty Nielsen .... construction electrician (uncredited)
Brent Poleski .... grip (uncredited)
Guillaume Renberg .... remote camera operator (uncredited)
Michael Rich .... lighting technician (uncredited)
Lance Rieck .... remote camera technician: scorpio head (uncredited)
Lance Shepherd .... rigging electrician (uncredited)
Michael Wacks .... lamp operator (uncredited)
Robert D. Yeoman .... additional photographer (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Melissa Braun .... extras casting associate
Barbara Harris .... voice casting
Rachel Tenner .... casting associate
Grant Wilfley .... extras casting
Mandy Sprinkel .... location casting (uncredited)
Dagmar Wittmer .... extras casting (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Cha Blevins .... wardrobe supervisor: LA
Danielle Cadorette .... tailor
David Davenport .... wardrobe supervisor: NY
Nicole Greenbaum .... set costumer
Fionnuala M. Lynch .... set costumer (as Fionnuala Lynch)
Mary Jo McGrath .... wardrobe supervisor: NY (as MJ McGrath)
Remy Pearce .... costume coordinator
Amy Roth .... assistant costume designer
Jonathan Schwartz .... costume assistant
Nomi Shichor .... key costumer: LA
Nora Wooldridge .... costume assistant
Helen L. Collen .... costumer (uncredited)
Michael Simon .... costumer: Washington, DC (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Catherine Farrell .... post-production coordinator
Eileen Godoy .... digital intermediate producer: EFilm
Katie Mcquerrey .... associate editor (as Catherine McQuerrey)
Steven J. Scott .... supervising digital colorist: EFilm
Neil A. Stelzner .... associate editor
Joe Violante .... dailies advisor (as Joey Violante)
Erik Freid .... post-production project manager (uncredited)
Dale E. Grahn .... color timer (uncredited)
Matt Hull .... assistant digital intermediate producer (uncredited)
Curtis Lindersmith .... digital intermediate editor (uncredited)
Jim Passon .... color timer (uncredited)
Richie Roefaro .... editorial assistant: Technicolor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Paul Clarvis .... musician: drums
Michael Farrow .... music mixer (as Mike Farrow)
Michael Farrow .... music recordist (as Mike Farrow)
Isobel Griffiths .... orchestra contractor
Dave Hartley .... musician: piano
Todd Kasow .... music editor
Gary Kettel .... musician: drums
Frank Ricotti .... musician: drums
Chris Robertson .... music clearances: Diamond Time
Ralph Salmins .... musician: drums
Rosemary Warren-Green .... orchestra leader (as Rose Warren-Green)
Lucy Whalley .... assistant orchestra contractor
Carter Burwell .... conductor (uncredited)
Carter Burwell .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Chris Clad .... musician: violin (uncredited)
Lewis Jones .... assistant score engineer (uncredited)
Todd Kasow .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Sonny Kompanek .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Dean Parker .... composer assistant (uncredited)
Jonathan Williams .... musician: cello (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Peter Clores .... transportation co-captain
Steven R. Hammond .... transportation captain (as Steve Hammond)
Christina Schaich .... transportation office coordinator
Danielle Fredrickson .... transportation dispatcher (uncredited)
Teresa Haney .... transportation (uncredited)
Gabe Turiello .... driver: star trailer (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Joan Altman .... production accountant
Christina Angeloudes .... legal and business affairs manager: Working Title
Sage Asteak .... key set production assistant
Kate Bailey .... assistant production coordinator: Working Title
Brette Billow .... assistant production coordinator
Maurice Cabrera .... parking coordinator
Ethan Carlson .... office production assistant
Stephen Clarke .... set production assistant
Wendy Cohen .... clearance services
Tianni L. Craig .... production office assistant: Washington, DC
Katherine Delaney .... location assistant
Chloe Dorigan .... assistant: Tim Bevan, Working Title
Kimberly N. Fajen .... production coordinator (as Kimberly N. Haden)
Beth Feldman .... assistant: Ms. McDormand
Kathleen Fellegara .... set medic (as Kathy Fellegara)
Glenn Ferrara .... set production assistant
Amanda Foley .... location coordinator
Marcy Forgang .... location assistant
Rachael Lin Gallaghan .... unit coordinator: Washington, DC
Andrew Garrett .... accounting clerk
Christopher Geair .... assistant location manager: Washington, DC
Dena Ghieth .... location assistant
Niko Godfrey .... accounting clerk
Cort Hessler .... marine coordinator
Drew P. Houpt .... the walrus (as Drew Houpt)
Thomas Johnston .... script supervisor
Larry Kaplan .... unit publicist
Nazia Khan .... assistant: Mr. Pitt
Santena Jenaris King .... assistant accountant: Washington, DC (as Santena King)
Matt Lake .... set production assistant
Christopher LeStrange .... location assistant
Michael B. Lewis .... office production assistant (as Michael 'Winn' Lewis)
Francesca M. Mannix .... production secretary (as Francesca Mannix)
Angel McConnell .... assistant: Mr. Clooney
Angela Morrison .... chief operating officer: Working Title
Patricia M. Murphy .... serious matters (as Patricia M. Murphy Esq.)
Kip Myers .... assistant location manager
Lauri Pitkus .... location manager
Peggy Pridemore .... location manager: Washington, DC
Chauency Reese .... payroll accountant
Michael J. Regina .... production office assistant: Washington, D.C.
Doreen Roman .... set medic
Patrick Sandefur .... office production assistant
Bryan Scott .... location assistant
John Sesumi .... office production assistant
Sheeraz Shah .... head of legal and business affairs: Working Title
Raygun Sharpadero .... second assistant accountant (as Regan Sharp)
Cara Shine .... assistant: Eric Fellner, Working Title
John Spady .... location scout
Susan Strine .... first assistant accountant
Christian Vendetti .... set production assistant
Jamie Vermilye .... location assistant
Zach Broussard .... production assistant (uncredited)
Allyn Camp .... production assistant (uncredited)
Al Cerullo .... helicopter pilot (uncredited)
Brian M. Chilcoat .... production assistant (uncredited)
Michael P. Cone .... production assistant (uncredited)
J. John Corbett .... title designer (uncredited)
Ana Cuadra .... location scout (uncredited)
Kevin Curtin .... production assistant (uncredited)
Michael DeChant .... production assistant: Washington DC (uncredited)
Charles Fagin .... assistant location manager: Los Angeles (uncredited)
Todd Feaser .... location assistant (uncredited)
Robert L. Fiks .... location assistant (uncredited)
Robert L. Fiks .... production assistant (uncredited)
Miguel Gutierrez .... assistant location manager (uncredited)
Chad Hessler .... marine department (uncredited)
Hannah Hoover .... production assistant (uncredited)
Jeff Johnson .... medic (uncredited)
Douglas M. Jones .... set production assistant: Washington, DC (uncredited)
Tim Kossa .... key location assistant: Washington, DC (uncredited)
Harry Lapham .... production assistant (uncredited)
Alex Lee .... production assistant: re-shoots (uncredited)
Lindsey Magee .... location scout (uncredited)
Talia Mayer .... production assistant (uncredited)
Ethan Meyer .... production assistant (uncredited)
Liz Modena .... assistant accountant (uncredited)
Elena Moscatt .... key craft services: Washington DC (uncredited)
Paulette Osorio .... publicity executive (uncredited)
Justin Reid .... location scout (uncredited)
Brieann Rich .... set medic (uncredited)
Kara Ryan .... production assistant (uncredited)
Elizabeth Sherman .... production assistant (uncredited)
Rick Shine .... production assistant (uncredited)
Susan Silas .... location scout (uncredited)
Brian J. Simpson .... production assistant: re-shoots (uncredited)
Heli Soell .... assistant post-production accountant (uncredited)
Megan Taylor .... production assistant (uncredited)
William Thompson .... personal fitness trainer (uncredited)
Clinton Trucks .... office assistant: Los Angeles (uncredited)
Victoria Uychich .... production assistant (uncredited)
David Vogel .... production assistant: Washington, DC (uncredited)
David Wenzel .... stand-in (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Bill Hudson .... special thanks
Suzanne Lindbergh .... special thanks
Pina Martinelli .... special thanks: Bronx Community College
Michael Wong .... special thanks
Beverly Wood .... special thanks
Jeffrey Mowery .... thanks (uncredited)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Rated R for pervasive language, some sexual content and violence
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96 min
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Argentina:16 | Australia:MA | Austria:12 | Brazil:14 | Canada:14A (Alberta/British Columbia/Ontario) | Canada:13+ (Québec) | Czech Republic:15 | Denmark:15 | Finland:K-13 | France:U | Germany:12 (f) | Hong Kong:IIB | Iceland:16 (original rating) | Iceland:14 (video rating) | Ireland:15A | Japan:PG-12 | Netherlands:12 | New Zealand:R16 | Norway:15 | Peru:14 | Philippines:R-13 (MTRCB) | Portugal:M/12 | Singapore:M18 (cut) | Singapore:NC-16 (video rating) (heavily cut) | South Korea:18 | Sweden:15 | Switzerland:12 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:12 (canton of Vaud) | UK:15 | USA:R (certificate #44448)

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The film was mostly shot in and around New York because the Coen brothers wanted to stay near their families and because George Clooney was working on another project in the area.See more »
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Continuity: The apparent time of year keeps changing, some scenes have "turned leaves" on the street, with colorful trees. Others scenes look to be in mid summer, with clear streets and sidewalksSee more »
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230 out of 435 people found the following review useful.
Another Hit from the genius of the Coens., 4 September 2008
Author: swlabr413 from United States

There's a point in this movie that George Clooney's character, Harry Pfarrer shows Frances McDormand's character Linda Litzke something that we've seen him working on for about half the movie. It was so surprising when I first saw it, that at first, I didn't even know what it was.

Once again, the Coens have created wonderful characters, including Clooney, who is a womanizer and paranoid that people are following him, and McDormand, who just wants plastic surgery in order to look better. Also, there's John Malkovich as Osbourne Cox, who "doesn't have a drinking problem," and maybe the best in the movie, Brad Pitt as Chad, a clueless gym employee who is pushed along by McDormand.

The only character that isn't up to par with the rest is Tilda Swinton's character of Katie Cox, Osbourne's wife. She doesn't get as many laughs as the rest, and it seems like the Coens just needed her as a plot device rather than an actual character. However, she may not be funny, but she does play the character well.

The writing is brilliant and the Coens weave the story in such a way that it reminds me of their previous movie, The Big Lebowski. In the end, as J.K. Simmons character sums it up himself, nothing really happens, but while watching it all unfold, you can't help but laugh at the absurdity.

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