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Because there's not a rating for "kind of liked it", I'm giving it three stars. The performances were great; Brad Pitt isn't usually a favorite of mine, but he was absolutely hysterical in this film. His part wasn't really needed, but it was definitely the bright spot. At one point, I was laughing so hard I had tears running down my cheeks! John Malkovich is great as the main character, and George Clooney was pretty good as well. Because I loved Brad and George in Ocean’s Eleven, I was really looking forward to seeing them interact. They interacted all right. Unfortunately I can't say anything further without spoiling the movie. I'll just say that it all went downhill from there. In fact, I was so disappointed when I realized what had happened that a small part of me wanted to leave the theatre! I never cared for Frances McDormand and her performance was mediocre.
this is a wird movie and a lost of good talents actors. Still funny at times and we never know what will happen next. I agree with one of the commentator : the title should be burn after watching.
VERY GOOD Coen Bros. 2008 black comedy - terrific acting by everyone in an at times bit slack plot, but overall quite enjoyable.
This is a Coen brothers film along the lines of Fargo. Two airhead personal trainers find a CIA analyst's personal memoirs on the floor of the locker room and, believing it to be state secrets, they try selling the memoir to the Russians to fund their plastic surgery. Like Fargo, almost everyone in this film is so stupid you wonder how they manage to breathe.
I wish that this was a TV series like GET SMART so that I could watch episode 2 next week.
I was singularly unimpressed by this film. While by the Coen Brothers, it does not reach the standard of "Fargo". While humorous in parts, it just didn't gel for me. The acting was excellent, but I felt the actors were wasted in this film. The plot seemed labored and overdone.
Cohen brothers -- you just never know what is going to happen! I saw it in theaters and one particular violent scene shocked me. Still brilliant, funny and dark.
Not sure why my ratings/comments/quotes all disappeared on this entertaining farce. Other than the memorable comic script, two scenes come to mind: Brad Pitts as a self absorbed dim-wit and Clooney's grabbing for his "back pillow" after row with Swinton.
Burn After Reading !?!?! Literally should have been burnt after watching ... or better yet - burn before watching.
It’s a madcap mess to be sure, and the separate strands don’t add up to a whole lot despite its tepid Cold War echoes and a few unexpected shocks. Taken as a farce however the laughs come easily, the A-listers provide a host of endearingly idiotic caricatures, and a non-stop barrage of F-bombs spice up a decidedly deadpan script. And even though the all too obvious nods to Kubrick are mostly wasted, they do provide a visual flair which compliments the film’s overall frenetic pace. But the final laugh, which perfectly sums up the preceding ninety minutes, comes from a stone-faced CIA superior who, upon trying to make sense of the conflicting reports crossing his desk, wonders aloud how people could be so damn stupid.
What a treat! Yes this is a team Gregg movie, a popcorn classic and a bizzaro recommendation with 4 stars.
A comedy of errors if there ever was one. Everyone shines in this nonsensical film that is guaranteed to make you laugh as well as wonder if this "league of morons" is more true than you think.
All the actors in this movie played their parts so well. No one overshadowed the other, they each held their own. Must say Brad Pitt played his part the best though.
George Clooney chews up the scenery & Frances McDormand channels Carol Burnett & Lily Tomlin and Brad Pitt gets shot much too late in this irritatingly unfunny mish-mash. About? Who cares...
One of the better Coen brothers darkly comic movies, terrific acting and typically about stupidity and greed.
A great cast of actors, but a weak story left me bored. This is one I should of skipped.
Wrought with cynical, dark humour that comments on the worst aspects of American society. This is a quirky film not for the conventional viewer. I enjoyed it for its wry humour.
When I watched this, I quipped "Burn after viewing". However, I don't suggest you burn the library copy. I'm sure the book would have been a more interesting read. It is a movie after a book isn't it?
I'd call this a Sunday afternoon type movie. It's interesting enough to watch, but not a lot of excitement. It has a similar ending as "The Lady Killers", but without an eccentric old lady getting a million dollars at the end. I was groaning after I saw the end (but it makes sense of the title). It's like one of those stories your grand dad told you that had no message to it, no moral to the story, and nothing left at the end to leave any proof it ever happened.
This is one of those movies you will either love or hate, as I don't see much of a fine line in between here. This movie has lots of funny parts though it still lacking script wise. I would recommend this movie to fans of darker comedies.