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A Serious Man

(DVD - 2010 )
Average Rating: 3 stars out of 5.
A Serious Man
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Physics professor Larry Gopnik can't believe his life. His wife is leaving him for his best friend, his unemployed brother won't move off the couch, someone is threatening his career, his kids are a mystery and his neighbor is tormenting him by sunbathing nude. Struggling to make sense of it all, Larry consults three different rabbis and their answers lead him on a twisted journey of faith, family, delinquent behavior, and mortality.
Title: A serious man
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Publisher: [United States] : Universal, [2010]
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (106 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in
Content Type: two-dimensional moving image
Media Type: video
Carrier Type: videodisc
Notes: Special features: Featurette on the Coen Brother's creative vision ; featurette on re-creating 1967 ; featurette on Yiddish
Originally produced as a motion picture in 2009
Summary: Physics professor Larry Gopnik can't believe his life. His wife is leaving him for his best friend, his unemployed brother won't move off the couch, someone is threatening his career, his kids are a mystery and his neighbor is tormenting him by sunbathing nude. Struggling to make sense of it all, Larry consults three different rabbis and their answers lead him on a twisted journey of faith, family, delinquent behavior, and mortality.
Audience: Rating R for language, some sexualitynudity and brief violence
Awards & Distinctions: Independent Spirit Awards, 2010: Robert Altman Award
Branch Call Number: DVD SERIOUS
Statement of Responsibility: Focus Features ; Working Title ; in association with Studiocanal and Relativity Media ; written, produced and directed by Joel Coen & Ethan Coen
Credits: Director of photography, Roger Deakins ; edited by Roderick Jaynes [i.e., Joel & Ethan Coen] ; production designer, Jess Gonchor ; music by Carter Burwell.
Performers: Michael Stuhlbarg, Richard Kind, Fred Melamed, Adam Arkin, Katherine Borowitz, Sari Lennick, Amy Landecker, Alan Mandell, Fyvush Finkel, Allen Lewis Rickman, Yelena Shmulenson, Simon Helberg, Stephen Park.
System Details: DVD, region 1, anamorphic widescreen (1.85:1) presentation; Dolby digital 5.1
Other Language: In English and Yiddish, dubbed French or dubbed Spanish with optional English, French or Spanish subtitles; closed-captioned
Subject Headings: Man-woman relationships Drama Middle-aged men Drama
Genre/Form: Video recordings for the hearing impaired
Comedy films
Fiction films
Feature films
Topical Term: Man-woman relationships
Middle-aged men
Publisher No: 62106191
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Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I found this Coen brothers dark comedy/drama hilarious, well written, and very entertaining.

Mar 10, 2012
  • jennrose rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

My favorite Coen brothers film of all time. A modern day story of Job. Brilliant writing and acting as usual. Fantastic. I realize it's not for everyone, however. The Coens show that there is beauty, humor and wonder in the midst of our suffering. NOT for those who watch film purely for escapism purposes.

Feb 22, 2012
  • howardpoole rated this: 1.5 stars out of 5.

This story did nothing for me. The "humour" just wasnt there. I would pass on this one.

Nov 26, 2011
  • oplrocks rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Many very good scenes in their ridiculousness, vagueness and wonderful humorous awkwardness. In the end, the point is that there is no point, it seems; it all ends just as the tooth story does-going nowhere but in a very enjoyable Coen brothers' way!

Nov 12, 2011
  • mexicanadiense rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

The Coen brothers triumph at times (see the Big Lebowski, No Country for Old Men, O Brother Where Art Thou, etc.) and at others fall short (Hudsucker Proxy, Intolerable Cruelty, Burn After Reading, etc.) and this film probably belongs in the second category. Its meditations on the Jewish-American experience veer between the profound and the stereotypical for the most part. For fans only.

Sep 02, 2011
  • ms_mustard rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

remember this is the late 1960's. Job-like Larry wonders why so many bad things are happening to him. some very poignant and very funny moments.

Jul 20, 2011
  • sdelao rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

This was okay...I don't know. The story did not draw me in. But the acting was very good.

Mar 02, 2011
  • georgek57 rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

A Serious waste of time

Feb 17, 2011
  • dschan rated this: 1.5 stars out of 5.

This was difficult to watch, I almost turned it off. You almost want to laugh because Larry is so sad, but couldn't because he is such whiner. In the end, the story doesn't really go anywhere.

Jan 19, 2011
  • dumbghosts rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Full of delightful parts... but do they add up to anything?

Does it really even matter?

The Coen brothers' existentialist parable is as bewildering as it is touching, as frustrating as it is uplifting and ultimately, as silly as it is profound. You can't help but wish the film were a conjunction of shorts, just so you never expect it to make any sense and thus, don't end up feeling cheated.

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