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24 August 2009

Raising Arizona

directed by the Coen Brothers

If it’s one thing the Coen Brothers can’t be faulted for, it’s doing the same thing over and over again. They seem to reinvent themselves with every new project (not always with favorable results, but much respect for trying new things). Personally, I am quite excited for their newest comedy, A Serious Man, due out this year, but closest to my heart is the tale of amateur felon H.I. McDunnough (Nicholas Cage) and his love for hard boiled cop Edwina, or “Ed” (Holly Hunter). After his parole, the newlyweds attempt to start a family, attempts that prove fruitless. As luck would have it, local furniture baron Nathan Arizona just welcomed quintuplets into the world. Why not take one off their hands? Problem solved. Easily the zaniest, kooky mess of a nuclear family in the Coen canon, the brothers season a screwball plot with even screwier characters (John Goodman and William Forsythe are manic geniuses), dialogue and situations, and it all makes for the best comedic goulash you have had in a long time. Get to eatin’, movie lovers!

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