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Parent reviews for A Serious Man

Common Sense says

Brilliant but bleak comedy for mature Coen brothers fans.
Based on our expert review

Parents say

age 15+
Based on 7 reviews

Kids say

age 15+
Based on 6 reviews
Adult Written byPS95 December 24, 2010

Great for mature teenagers, but only if their parents can deal with the likely discussions that result

Not for young children, primarily because they would not understand the serious themes dealt with. Great for mature teenagers who are beginning to question life's mysteries and issues of faith and morality. A good way to open up pithy family discussions, but only if both parents and teens are up to the challenge.
Parent of a 16 and 16 year old Written byxmasterxofxmyxd... February 28, 2010
A Serious Man is a deep, complex, and very mature black comedy. It explores many mature, personal themes while keeping a great pace, and raising a lot of interesting questions on life, its consequences, and its uncertainty. The cinematography is perfect, the acting is all around superb, and even though its a very simple movie in context, its morality, and the questions that arise throughout the movie, stay with you long after the film's final disturbing, and psychologically haunting image.

This title contains:

Language
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Adult Written byjohnu65 May 13, 2016

Great Movie

The sex scene was very, very light. Nudity was from a distance. There's one kid in the movie who says the f-word a lot. There's a lot of pot smoking. The movie was very artfully done. Nothing is glamorized. Great acting. Great 1960s scenes. Great camera work. I watched it with my 15 and 13 year old boys. We all enjoyed the cleverness that was employed in creating the story and the different scenes. It's very non-Hollywood in that it makes you think and promotes lots of good discussion afterwards. Watching a good Coen Brothers film is like attending a how-to-make-a-good-movie class. Very thoughtful.
Parent of a 13 year old Written byEddoc1 December 27, 2010

adults only, kids would rather twitter or text than watch this movie

Waste of time due to disjointed story lines

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Language
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Parent of a 17 year old Written byJesusrulz666 July 24, 2010

This Minnesotan is a serious man.

This film is the story of Job. And it teaches that life may be hard, but you will get back on your feet. Its very VERY VERY dark, but its hilarious. A dark comedy is meant to humor and make you laugh when a act of evil is done. Which this film does greatly. 4.59/5 Stars.

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Sexy stuff
Language
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Positive Messages
Adult Written byBoneyardLimited March 8, 2019

It’s the community drama of Edward Scissorhands and the family drama of My Big, Fat, Greek Wedding but with none of the life, color, alacrity, or interest.

This is what happens when you take interesting, quirky characters and do nothing with them. It’s full of cringe comedy and nothing else, which just emphasizes the hopelessness of the characters’ lives. It’s too vicious to be funny, too dry to be interesting, and too boring to be memorable. Of course it’s competently acted and filmed, but if nothing happens what good is it?

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Sexy stuff
Language
Adult Written byJim24 January 19, 2019
One of the Coen brothers’ best movies. This movie is psychologically involving, ambiguous and intensely thoughtful, so if you don’t like thinking movies, this isn’t for you. The content boils down to about 20 seconds of nudity shown from a distance and a 3-second sex scene, fully clothed. There’s also language and drug misuse, and brief violence (though not graphic). I recommend you watch this anyhow; it’s great.