A Serious Man

Movie review by James Rocchi, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 17+

Brilliant but bleak comedy for mature Coen brothers fans.

R 2009 105 minutes

Parents say

age 15+

Based on 9 reviews

Kids say

age 15+

Based on 8 reviews

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age 17+

Have a teen super into abstraction and life's existential questions...well do I have a film for you!

Watched the whole film before realizing it was a Coen brothers film. That solved the "how did this get made?" question. I am not Jewish, but the specificity in which this film features mid-Western Jewish US American life feels spot on. The particulars, the details, the carefully constructed scenes of a presumed life falling apart all reverberate to a cookie cutter existence that has been existentialist fodder for many a pained suburbanite. the acting is all tone perfect, precise, and engaging. The film takes the line, "What's going on?!" and squeezes all of the philosophical juice out of it.
age 17+

It’s for you if you like nonsense

Entertaining, but unsatisfying as far as movies go. It was about a series of unfortunate events and that’s it. There was no ending to this movie, no moral of the story, no kind of closure. Waste of time really.

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