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Burn After Reading


George Clooney, Frances McDormand, Brad Pitt, John Malkovich View All


Joel Coen (Screenplay), Joel Coen (Director), Ethan Coen (Screenplay), Ethan Coen (Director) View All

Release: Sep. 5th, 2008
Runtime: 1 hour, 36 minutes
When a disc containing memoirs of a former CIA analyst falls into the hands of gym employees, Linda and Chad, they see a chance to make enough money for Linda to have life-changing cosmetic surgery. Predictably, events whirl out of control for the duo, and those in their orbit.
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While "Burn After Reading" is a decent film, the entire project feels rushed and the ending too forced.
Holden Pike
Of course a subpar Coen outing is still more enjoyable to me than 95% of what's out there in the multiplex at any given time, but in comparison to their own very high standard of excellence Burn After Reading doesn't measure up often enough.
It's also around here that the film's other half of the plot involving Harry Pfarrer, helmed by ex-Batman George Clooney, comes into play, where Pfarrer plays the not-so-honest man who sleeps around with various characters in the film, mainly Swinton's and McDormand's, thus causing a parallel chain ....
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