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Monday, September 22, 2008


'Burn After Reading'

If anyone has the potential for perfection it's Joel and Ethan Coen, but Burn After Reading—their new comedy about infidelity and delusion disguised as a thundering thriller—is not perfect. The film is silly, odd, and distractingly oblique. But it's not without that fearless Coen brothers flair for using violence as elegant punctuation; Brad Pitt and Frances McDormand will crack your ass up as a pair of village idiots in possession of classified CIA intelligence, and J. K. Simmons is sublimely incredulous as a CIA higher-up who just can't believe this shit. (See movie times,, for details.)


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My two cents: Unless you're a big Coen Brothers fan, don't bother. I guess I forgot that I wasn't a fan when I bought my ticket. All of the funny stuff is shown in the trailer, so that's all you really need to see.

Posted by Old_Mama_Chips | September 22, 2008 11:22 AM

I tend to agree with Old_Mama_Chips - I enjoyed it because I am a Coen Bros. fan, but not one of their best. JK Simmons is very funny though and as always, I love the people they cast in bit parts.

Posted by defman23 | September 22, 2008 12:10 PM

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