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A Serious Man (2009)

 -  Comedy | Drama  -  20 November 2009 (UK)
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Larry Gopnik, a Midwestern mathematics teacher, watches his life unravel over multiple sudden incidents. Though seeking meaning and answers amidst his turmoils, he seems to keep sinking.

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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 don @ minifie-1

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Rated R for language, some sexuality/nudity and brief violence | See all certifications »

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Budget:

$7,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£321,114 (UK) (20 November 2009)

Gross:

$9,190,525 (USA) (1 January 2010)
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Two actors in this movie portrayed notorious gambler/mobster Arnold Rothstein in other works: Michael Stuhlbarg in "Boardwalk Empire" and Michael Lerner in "Eight Men Out". See more »

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On the bookshelf in the background in two separate scenes appears a set of the blue volumes of the Encyclopedia Judaica. The EJ was first published in 1971. See more »

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Disappointing...
26 November 2013 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

This modern day tale of Job is completely disappointing and only supported by its own cleverness and a great nude scene courtesy of Amy Landecker.

To be clear, I'm a Cohen fan. A serious Man just comes up well short of what you would expect from the brothers.

The few good laughs in this film, which are quite funny by the way, are unfortunately overshadowed by 92 minutes of despair.

If you're into that kind of thing and have the unfortunate ability to associate depression with entertainment, this could be the film for you. Otherwise, avoid it like a dybbuk and go see Sharknado instead.


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