'Serious Man' Trailer: It's a Coen Brothers, So Just Watch It

July 30, 2009

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For their last film, 2008's entertaining if comparatively forgettable Burn After Reading, Joel and Ethan Coen filled the cast with notable talent like John Malkovich, Tilda Swinton, Frances McDormand, and two-thirds of People Magazine's sexiest members of Ocean's Eleven. Always changing up their style, this time the brothers have cast little known actor Michael Stuhlbarg in the lead, playing a man whose marriage, family, career, and health are all in the midst of the kind of rapid deterioration that so often leads to a Falling Down scenario.

Judging by the just-released trailer, it doesn't appear our hero ends up shooting anyone up, but, just as good, he does get his head repeatedly slammed into a chalkboard, providing a disarming back-beat for one of the best edited previews of the year. And I should know about best edited previews of years: I do almost nothing but watch movie trailers all day--a lifestyle choice that has rendered me nearly soulless.

Also stars: Richard Kind as the obnoxious brother character. He's getting typecast from Curb Your Enthusiasm.

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