"Burn after Reading" is a satirical thriller by critically acclaimed writer-directors, Joel and Ethan Coen. Their movies are commonly known for going a thin line between comedy and serious movies. Well, this one surely isn't a movie that will make you laugh out loud, but it also is not 100% taken to be seriously.
The movie is about two fitness trainers (Brad Pitt and Frances McDormand) who by coincidence find a compact disc including the memoirs of a CIA analyst (John Malkovich). In the meantime, a man named Pfarrer (George Clooney) suffers paranoia and also tries to find a woman. However, all of these events go horribly wrong...
Critically, the Coen brothers are one of the best directors of all time. Also, this movie is good. The movie is basically about the incompitence of the CIA - it is filled with a lot of humorous elements, but also has some intense moments. This combination is interesting and fascinating, and so the audience will have a great time with this movie. However, when the movie's over you will have the feeling something is missing. It is entertaining, but somehow lacks the brilliance of the Coen's previously released movies, like "No Country for Old Men" or "Fargo". There are superb, witty dialogues and all the actors are great, but somehow there is a feeling you have seen better movies from the Coens.
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As for the age restriction: there is some violence. A character is unexpectedly shot in the head. There is quite a lot of blood. Another character is shot in the shoulder and then repeatedly hit with an axe (it is seen from a distance, there is some blood). Apart from these two scenes, there is no violence. The deaths are sudden, but handable. It is much less graphic than its preceeder, "No Country for Old Men". The sex is not too strong - we don't see any nudity, but we hear moaning. In one scene we see a chair featuring a rubber penis. The language is typically R-Rated. Apart from this, there is nothing too strong. I think mature teens can handle the movie.
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