A Serious Man

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Rated R: Restricted (Under 17 Requires Accompanying Parent or Adult Guardian) -- Rated R for language, some sexuality/nudity and brief violence.
Released on:
October 2, 2009 (limited)

Production Companies:
Working Title, Mike Zoss Productions, Relativity Media, Studio Canal
Focus Features

Status: Released

Michael Stuhlbarg, Sari Lennick, Richard Kind, Fred Melamed, Aaron Wolff, Jessica McManus, Adam Arkin

Director: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen

Screenwriter: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen

Genre: Comedy, Drama
About the film:
"A Serious Man" is the story of an ordinary man's search for clarity in a universe where Jefferson Airplane is on the radio and "F-Troop" is on TV. It is 1967, and Larry Gopnik (Michael Stuhlbarg), a physics professor at a quiet Midwestern university, has just been informed by his wife Judith (Sari Lennick) that she is leaving him. She has fallen in love with one of his more pompous colleagues, Sy Ableman (Fred Melamed), who seems to her a more substantial person than the feckless Larry. Larry's unemployable brother Arthur (Richard Kind) is sleeping on the couch, his son Danny (Aaron Wolf) is a discipline problem and a shirker at Hebrew school, and his daughter Sarah (Jessica McManus) is filching money from his wallet in order to save up for a nose job. While his wife and Sy Ableman blithely make new domestic arrangements, and his brother becomes more and more of a burden, an anonymous hostile letter-writer is trying to sabotage Larry's chances for tenure at the university. Also, a graduate student seems to be trying to bribe him for a passing grade while at the same time threatening to sue him for defamation. Plus, the beautiful woman next door torments him by sunbathing nude. Struggling for equilibrium, Larry seeks advice from three different rabbis. Can anyone help him cope with his afflictions and become a righteous person a mensch a serious man?
Rated R for language, some sexuality/nudity and brief violence.

Project Timeline:
Apr. 23, 2007: Project announced. Director: Joel and Ethan Coen, Writer: Joel and Ethan Coen
Aug. 18, 2008: Cast: Michael Stuhlbarg and Richard Kind
Sep. 11, 2008: Cast: Adam Arkin
Jan. 12, 2009: Release Date: October 2, 2009
Box Office: Opening weekend: $251,337 (6 theaters) | Domestic Total: $9.23 mil.
Reviews: Fresh or Rotten? See reviews for this film at RottenTomatoes.com

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    Malinda – GOKJaXKAwNEYqJMU
    October 25, 2011 - 13:32
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    November 13, 2009 - 08:56
    Subject: A serious man

    Really boring film that could just as well have been about a catholic family. Has not depth and goes around and around.