A Serious Man

A Serious Man

Director: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen Cast: Michael Stuhlbarg, Richard Kind
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Filmmaking duo Joel and Ethan Coen write, produce, and direct this period black comedy set in 1967 concerning a Midwestern physics professor whose staid and stable life slowly begins to unravel after his wife announces that she's leaving him. As if the failure of his longtime marriage wasn't enough for Larry Gopnik (Tony-nominated Michael Stuhlbarg) to contend with, now his socially inept brother refuses to move out of the house as well. Larry is a modest man of science. Up to this point, his life has been uneventful at best, but things are about to get interesting. When his wife, Judith, announces that she is leaving him to move in with his smug colleague Sy Ableman, Larry does his best to contend with his failed marriage while barely tolerating his unemployable brother, Arthur, who appears to have grown roots on Larry's couch. Meanwhile, Larry's son, Danny, is getting into trouble at Hebrew school, and his daughter, Sarah, is stealthily snatching money from his wallet so she can afford a nose job. As Judith and Sy merrily begin making plans for their new life of domestic bliss together, Larry begins receiving a series of anonymous letters from someone who seems intent on sabotaging his chance for tenure at the university. To further complicate matters, a graduate student with failing grades is attempting to bribe the professor while simultaneously threatening him with a defamation lawsuit. Larry is in some serious need of equilibrium, though it's hard to focus on getting your life in order when your beautiful neighbor insists on sunbathing in the nude just outside your window. Perhaps by seeking the advice of three trusted rabbis, Larry can finally learn to cope with his afflictions and become a genuine mensch. A Serious Man is the second in a two-picture deal that the siblings made with Focus Features and Working Title. The first film in the deal, entitled Burn After Reading and starring Brad Pitt, George Clooney, and Frances McDormand, was released nationwide in September 2008.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/09/2010
UPC: 0025195052740
Original Release: 2009
Rating: R
Source: Focus Features
Region Code: 1
Time: 1:46:00

Special Features

Becoming serious - explore the creative vision behind A Serious Man and see why it's the Coen brothers' most personal film; Creating 1967 - take a tour of the Minneapolis neighborhoods and set pieces used in the film; Hebrew and Yiddish for goys - Unravel the mysteries of the Hebrew and Yiddish langauges

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Michael Stuhlbarg Larry Gopnik
Richard Kind Uncle Arthur
Fred Melamed Sy Ableman
Sari Lennick Judith Gopnik
Adam Arkin Divorce Lawyer
Amy Landecker Mrs. Samsky
Alan Mandell Rabbi Marshak
Fyvush Finkel Dybbuk?
Allen Lewis Rickman Shtetl Husband
Yelena Shmulenson Shtetl Wife
Peter Breitmayer Mr. Brandt
Brent Braunschweig Mitch Brandt
Simon Helberg Rabbi Scott
David Kang Clive Park
Aaron Wolff Danny Gopnik
Jessica McManus Sarah Gopnik
Ari Hoptman Arlen Finkle
Michael Tezla Dr. Sussman
George Wyner Rabbi Nachtner
Michael Lerner Solomon Schlutz
Benjamin Portnoe Danny's Reefer Buddy
Jon Kaminski Mike Fagle
Ronald Schultz Hebrew School Teacher
Raye Birk Dr. Shapiro
Charles Brin Hebrew School Teacher
Stephen Park Clive's Father
James Cada Cop #1
Jane Hammill Larry's Secretary
Carter Burwell Conductor

Technical Credits
Joel Coen Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Ethan Coen Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Maria Baker Set Decoration/Design
Craig Berkey Sound/Sound Designer
Tim Bevan Executive Producer
Carter Burwell Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Ellen Chenoweth Casting
Roger Deakins Cinematographer
Eric Fellner Executive Producer
Jess Gonchor Production Designer
Robert Graf Executive Producer
Roderick Jaynes Editor
Deborah Jensen Art Director
Betsy Magruder Asst. Director
Rachel Tenner Casting
Mary Zophres Costumes/Costume Designer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Serious Man
1. Cursed (Main Titles) [8:41]
2. In Good Health [5:27]
3. Family Life [5:34]
4. Let's Talk Divorce [2:20]
5. Consequences [6:49]
6. Fuzzy Reception [2:53]
7. Practicalities [7:37]
8. Have Faith [4:05]
9. The First Rabbi [6:59]
10. Death Around the Corner [5:10]
11. The Second Rabbi [7:25]
12. Simply Disappear [:03]
13. Nothing Adds Up [5:32]
14. New Freedoms [2:36]
15. Some Good News [4:55]
16. Marshak [4:42]
17. Can't Escape [4:01]
18. Be a Good Boy [2:25]
19. It's Darkest Before the Storm [7:24]
20. End Titles [5:14]

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A Serious Man 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Out there movie story as expected by the Coen Brothers. Twists and unpredidctable. Michael Stuhlbarg's character/performance is endearing. You just feel for the man as his life is starting it's downward spiral. Great acting by all. Not your everyday story line, but that's why you should see it!
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Michelle_W More than 1 year ago
I'll be the first to admit that I'm a big fan of the Coen Brothers' previous works. "No Country for Old Men," "Burn After Reading," and yes, even "The Big Lebowski" are all examples of how the Coen Brothers--time and time again--demonstrate the quality of their work in very different ways. "A Serious Man" is no exception. The flawed but sympathetic main character, Larry Gopnik, grips you by the heart and doesn't let go even after the film is over. I was left begging the question, "Why do bad things happen to good people?" Excellent acting on all counts, with a fantastic soundtrack to boot. One of my favorite movies of 2009, hands down.
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edwPA More than 1 year ago
Convoluted plot, went nowhere
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