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Burn After Reading

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When a disc filled with some of the CIA's most irrelevant secrets gets in the hands of two determind, but dim-witted, gym exployees, the two are intent on exploiting their find.

But since blackmail is a trade better left to the experts, events soon spiral out of everyone's and anyone's control, resulting in a nonstop series of hilarious encounters.

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Studio Universal
SKU 209968266
UPC 025195016490
UPC 14 00025195016490
Format DVD
Release Date 9/1/2009
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Anamorphic Widescreen  1.85:1
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Review After watching the Coen Brothers spend years mowing their way through genres and upending conventions, one question comes to mind: Is there anything these guys can't do. Common wisdom suggests "no" and, after winning Oscars early this year for No Country for Old Men, expectations have gone from modest to high. However, those anticipating another searing drama/thriller with Burn After Reading may be disappointed. The Coens, as is often their style, have elected to go in another direction. This is a thriller with a high quotient of comedic elements or, if you prefer, a comedy with a high quotient of thriller elements. As is always the case with a production of Joel & Ethan, it's difficult to classify, but that doesn't make it any less enjoyable...The movie's plot involves so many threads and contains so many intertwined layers that it effectively defeats any summary with fewer than about 1000 words...The tone is a little like Fargo, although Burn After Reading isn't as nuanced. As comedies go, it's a definite notch below Raising Arizona, The Hudsucker Proxy, and even Intolerable Cruelty. So, in the Brothers' oeuvre, this would have to be considered a minor work, and it may look even more insignificant in the wake of No Country for Old Men. But if there's one rule that must be applied here, it's that lesser Coen works are often the equal to superior films by other directors.
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Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 8
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review The Coen brothers' "Burn After Reading" is a screwball comedy that occasionally becomes something more. The characters are zany, the plot coils upon itself with dizzy zeal, and the roles seem like a perfect fit for the actors -- yes, even Brad Pitt, as Chad, a gum-chewing, fuzzy-headed physical fitness instructor. I've always thought of him as a fine actor, but here he reveals a dimension that, shall I say, we haven't seen before...No need to describe the plot. It goes around and around and comes out here, there, everywhere. All nicely put together, of course, but as an exercise, not an imperative...Frances McDormand is wonderful. Here she channels a little of the go-getter determination of her state trooper in "Fargo." She's innocent of deep thoughts, but nothing can stop her. From the first time I noticed her, in a great scene with Gene Hackman in "Mississippi Burning," she has had that rare ability to seem correctly cast in every role...This is not a great Coen brothers' film. Nor is it one of their bewildering excursions off the deep end. It's funny, sometimes delightful, sometimes a little sad, with dialogue that sounds perfectly logical until you listen a little more carefully and realize all of these people are mad. The movie is only 96 minutes long. That's long enough for a movie, but this time, I dunno, I thought the end felt like it arrived a little arbitrarily. I must be wrong, because I can't figure out what could have followed next.
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Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 8
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DVD, English, Spanish, French, Dolby, Dolby Digital (5.1)
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Video Format DVD
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Ben Lyons, E! ...smart, funny and original.
J.R. Jones, Chicago Reader ...for dark laughs and hurtling narrative momentum this spy caper is [the Coen's] best work since "Fargo."
Larry King A comedic masterpiece!
Peter Travers, Rolling Stone Brad Pitt is dynamite. George Clooney is hilarious.
Sara Vikomerson, The Observer Incredibly entertaining!
Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer A goofy screwball romp that affords a gaggle of A-listers the chance to hambone around in antic style.
Zack Haddad, Film Threat A roller coaster of emotions that will have you laughing one moment and gasping in shock the next.

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