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Burn After Reading [Blu-ray]

Brad Pitt , Frances McDormand , Joel Coen , Ethan Coen    Unrated   Blu-ray
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
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A disk containing the memoirs of a CIA agent ends up in the hands of two unscrupulous gym employees who attempt to sell it.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thanks for the memoir Dec 16 2008
By Amanda Richards HALL OF FAME TOP 1000 REVIEWER
CIA Superior: So what did we learn from this?
CIA Officer: Um... I don't know.

Short Attention Span Summary (SASS):

1. CIA analyst Cox (John Malkovich) has a falling out with the agency, and decides to write a tell-all memoir.
2. His wife (Tilda Swinton) wants a divorce, and to make sure she's forearmed with his finances, she burns a copy of some of his computer files
3. Said files fall into the incapable hands of clueless gym employees Chad (Brad Pitt) and Linda (Frances McDormand), who decide to try extortion as a fund raising exercise.
4. No prizes for guessing that it doesn't quite work as planned
5. Meanwhile, Mrs. Cox is having an affair, Linda is looking for both love and cosmetic surgery, and Treasury agent Harry (George Clooney) is sleeping around.
6. Black comedy of errors follows with some rather unpredictable twists.

Fans of black comedy will thoroughly enjoy this movie, which is well directed, brilliantly acted and immensely entertaining. Kudos go to Malkovich, Pitt, Swinton and Clooney, but the top award definitely goes to McDormand, who will have you sharing her pain.

Four and a half stars go to the Coen Brothers for this bleak look at life, adultery, blackmail and people behaving badly.

Amanda Richards
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good mindless movie Nov. 20 2013
By Tarno
Pretty good movie that has no rhyme or reason. If you have time to waste it's worth watching, fun times.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Intelligent, funny and meaningless April 13 2012
By Steven Aldersley TOP 50 REVIEWER
Do you remember the first Blu-ray you ever bought? Mine was Burn After Reading on the same day that I purchased my first Blu-ray player. It's a title that receives very little recognition and it regularly features in sales. Why is that the case?

The movie is directed by the Coen brothers and stars Clooney, Pitt, McDormand, Malkovich and Swinton. What's not to like?

I'm hard to please when it comes to humor, but several Coen brothers films hit the spot. It's clever dialogue rather than slapstick physical humor, and some of it is unpredictable. I can't laugh when I see a joke coming from a mile away wearing a T-shirt with "This is funny, laugh now" written on it. I like to be surprised.

So what is surprising about Burn After Reading?

Harry Pfarrer (Clooney) has no redeeming features. He's married, but sees other women at every opportunity. He's having an affair with Katie Cox (Swinton). Harry is shallow, paranoid and somewhat stupid and Clooney plays the character with his usual charm and good humor.

If there is anyone dumber than Harry, it has to be Chad Feldheimer (Pitt), who works in a gym. Chad is a complete idiot in every way. His friend at the gym is Linda Litzke (McDormand), who is obsessed with undergoing cosmetic surgery to improve her appearance.

Osborne Cox (Malkovich) is married to Katie and works as an analyst for the CIA. Most of his sentences include at least one profanity and he's borderline alcoholic. The story begins with a meeting in which Osborne is told that he will be demoted, but instead of accepting the situation, he quits. Katie is not pleased, even though she's on the verge of leaving him for Harry.

There's not much of a plot.
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3.0 out of 5 stars I've seen better movies.. Aug. 19 2014
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I finished it ... barely... don't expect a typical Coen brothers movie...
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another wacky one from the Cohen Brothers Dec 21 2008
Burn after reading involves a stellar cast of actors, including George Clooney, Brad Pitt, John Malkovich, Frances McDormand and other all-star calibre characters who all play, to a certain degree, loser types, who get involved with secret CIA material. All of them lead unconnected lives that will soon be connected by a common thread tragedy. It's basically like Fargo, mixed in with some Pulp Fiction for good measure. Highly recommended.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not funny at all March 29 2009
By SlyFox
I will not waste my time analyzing that boring movie. I gave it 1 star because I cannot give 0.5 star or zero star. Again the cohens bore me to tears. I hate when the critics makes us believe something is funny when it is not. Great talents wasted on a worthless movie.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Weirdly funny March 31 2009
This film is similar in style to The Big Lebowski - another movie made by the Cohen brothers - in that the plot is triggered by events that should be banal but that evolve into a complete (and complex) mess. It is definitely worth seeing if you're looking for an original story and a good laugh.
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