Larry Gopnik (Michael Stuhlbarg), is a physics professor whose life is falling apart. His wife wants a divorce and is leaving him for his best friend, his unemployed brother is struggling with a gambling problem, Koreans are threatening to sue him for bribery, his neighbor likes to tease by sunbathing nude, and his kids constant complaining are a pain on their own. He consults the advice of three different Rabbi’s who try to direct him towards a serious life.
Another dark comedy produced, written, and directed by the award winning Coen Brothers, Joel and Ethan. The film stars Michael Stuhlbarg, as a Jewish professor who starts to question his faith as his life starts to slowly fall apart.
Michael Stuhlbarg is great in this. A role that saw him praised and nominated for a Golden Globe Best Actor Award, for his portrayal of Professor Larry Gopnik.
Joel and Ethan Coen are definitely a unique directing duo. Their films never fail to impress me. Another dark comedy that is not short of laughs. Though acted by the lesser known cast, the performances do not disappoint as this is a nicely acted piece. Its a Jewish film, and something I didn’t see coming at all. Deeply referenced and nicely written with wit and humor. Lots of philosophical contemplating in this.
This isn’t my favorite Coen Brothers film, but definitely well worth the screening.