The Coen brothers are okay in my book, but I'm not crazy about this one. I strongly disagree that the dialogue is anywhere near as wonderful as it's been said to be. Since it's the Coen brothers it's a given that there are going to be some very clever and funny moments, but a great deal of the dialogue seems painfully forced and awkward, especially during the first half-hour or so. John Goodman is especially bad. I *like* John Goodman, and he was incredible in Barton Fink, but here, it just seems like he's trying too hard. During one of the opening scenes in the bowling alley, when Goodman's character is introduced, I felt like I was watching one of his not-so-funny Saturday Night Live skits, but with loads of profanity added in. And that's another thing ... the profanity. Now don't get me wrong, I have no problem with excessive profanity whatsoever in and of itself, but ... it just feels very forcefully inserted in this film. The style of the dialogue reminded me of Quentin Tarantino's, but ... in a really poorly done way. However, the film does have things going for it. The awkwardness of the script lessens as you get into the movie a bit, and there are some wonderful scenes. John Turturro is hilarious (and such a fine, fine actor!) The visual style is as rich as can be. The in-jokes and references are generally amusing, though they give the movie a self-indulged sort of feel. In any case, take it for what it's worth, but ... there are better films.