Bloomington, Minnesota, 1967: Jewish physics lecturer Larry Gopnik is a serious and a very put-upon man. His daughter is stealing from him to save up for a nose job, his pot-head son, who gets stoned at his own bar-mitzvah, only wants him round to fix the TV aerial and his useless brother Arthur is an unwelcome house guest. But both Arthur and Larry get turfed out into a motel when Larry's wife Judy, who wants a divorce, moves her lover, Sy, into the house and even after Sy's death in a car crash they are still there. With lawyers' bills mounting for his divorce, Arthur's criminal court appearances and a land feud with a neighbour Larry is tempted to take the bribe offered by a student to give him an illegal exam pass mark. And the rabbis he visits for advice only dole out platitudes. Still God moves in mysterious - and not always pleasant - ways, as Larry and his family will find out. Written by
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As a caveat to the summary title, let me say this movie may be enjoyed by a niche market of Coen brothers die hard fans, people of the Jewish faith and superstitious people who feel a genuine inability to influence the outcome of the events of their own life.
This film is an example of the outcome of staring at ones own navel too intently for too long. Even the special features were desperately boring.
The saving grace and reason I am only demanding 80 minutes of my life back of the 90 minutes I spent watching this film is the composition of their shots. Technically it is a good film, of course, but many artists that are technically perfect have been known to bore beyond relief. Yngwie J. Malmsteen springs to mind.
In a word BORING.
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