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100-Word Review: Burn After Reading

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I kept hearing that the Coen BrothersBurn After Reading was a comedy — while there’s certainly some funny bits and situations in here (mainly from Brad Pitt), it’s hard to think of it as a “comedy”. According to the Coens themselves, it’s mostly something of a character exercise.  Those characters are brought to vivid life by a stellar cast which includes six Oscar nominees or winners (not counting the Coens themselves): Pitt, Clooney, McDormand, Swinton, Malkovich, Jenkins.  But the story’s lacking and there’s no real ending.  The total doesn’t come close to measuring up to the sum of the parts.

Grade: C+