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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
The main characters are criminals who lie, steal, and kill, all played for comedy. Some edgy humor.
Violence & Scariness
Comic violence, many characters hurt and killed.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
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Extremely strong language including n-word.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Drinking, smoking, drug references.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that the main characters are criminals who lie, steal, and kill, all played for comedy. They drink, smoke, and use extremely strong language, including sexual references and the "N" word. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This lively film provides some wicked pleasures. Tom Hanks and the Coen brothers take the title and the concept from the 1955 English black comedy classic. They may miss the primary point (and joke) of the original, and they tone down their usual corkscrew dialogue and mordant humor, but it's still enjoyable. The Coens love characters who are sweet but not very bright, especially when they manage to foil characters who are crooked but not very bright. And Hanks likes to play against his type as the all-American guy we'd like living next door.
The movie is set in an idyllic Mississippi town somewhere between Mayberry and a Norman Rockwell painting and some time gently nestled between the Depression and hip-hop. The humor comes from a colorful assortment of injuries, ailments, and casualties, along with some choice dialogue. If the Coens and Hanks are a little too far outside the boundaries of their best work, their second-and third-best is also watchable, at least for those who find a professor with bad teeth and a big vocabulary, a dog with a gas mask, a cat with a severed finger, and a garbage scow with a dead body funny.
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