Burn After Reading

Burn After Reading

Director: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen Cast: George Clooney, Frances McDormand

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Joel and Ethan Coen's jet-black comedy Burn After Reading begins with CIA agent Osborne Cox (John Malkovich) losing his job. This prompts his long-suffering, unfaithful wife (Tilda Swinton) to consult a lawyer about divorcing him. Osborne decides to write a book about his exploits, but an early draft of his work ends up lost at a gym where it's found by the dim-witted Chad (Brad Pitt, and the plastic-surgery obsessed Linda (Frances McDormand). They decide to blackmail Osborne in order to help Linda pay for the numerous procedures she wants to undergo. Things grow even more complicated when Linda starts an affair with Harry (George Clooney), who also happens to be sleeping with Cox's wife.

Product Details

Release Date: 12/21/2008
UPC: 0025195016490
Original Release: 2008
Rating: R
Source: Focus Features
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time: 1:00:00
Sales rank: 35,832

Special Features

Finding the Burn - The Making of Burn After Reading; ; DC Insiders Run Amock - An all-star cast creates the world of Washington, DC, insiders all trying to get ahead or find true love.; ; Welcome Back, George - This comedy piece features Mr. Clooney as he returns for his third collaboration with Ethan and Joel

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
George Clooney Harry Pfarrer
Frances McDormand Linda Litzke
John Malkovich Osborne Cox
Tilda Swinton Katie Cox
Brad Pitt Chad Feldheimer
Richard Jenkins Ted Treffon
Elizabeth Marvel Sandy Pfarrer
David Rasche CIA Officer
J.K. Simmons CIA Superior
Jeffrey DeMunn Cosmetic Surgeon
Hamilton Clancy Peck
Olek Krupa Krapotkin
Michael Countryman Alan
Kevin Sussman Tuchman Marsh Man
J.R. Horne Divorce Lawyer
Armand Schultz Olson
Pun Bandhu Party Guest
Karla Mosley Party Guest
Richard Poe Stretching Gym Patron
Dermot Mulroney Star of 'Coming Up Daisy'

Technical Credits
Joel Coen Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Ethan Coen Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Tim Bevan Executive Producer
Carter Burwell Score Composer
Ellen Chenoweth Casting
David Diliberto Associate Producer
Eric Fellner Executive Producer
Jess Gonchor Production Designer
Robert Graf Executive Producer
Roderick Jaynes Editor
Peter Kurland Sound/Sound Designer
Emmanuel Lubezki Cinematographer
David Swayze Art Director
Mary Zophres Costumes/Costume Designer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Burn After Reading
1. You're Out (Main Titles) [3:56]
2. About Us [4:13]
3. Explosive Memoir [6:52]
4. Elective Procedures [5:48]
5. Fun & Games [4:41]
6. Raw Intelligence [5:15]
7. Good Samaritan [6:29]
8. Point of No Return [5:41]
9. Consequences [3:23]
10. Interesting Secrets [3:12]
11. New Experiences [3:50]
12. Served & Witnessed [2:36]
13. Under Surveillance [:44]
14. Trapped [3:32]
15. Messy & Complicated [4:59]
16. Grow Up! [5:38]
17. Insufficient Funds [5:03]
18. The Idiocy Of Today [5:31]
19. What Did We Learn? [6:27]
20. End Titles [2:52]

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Burn After Reading 3.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 43 reviews.
Mike_S-85 More than 1 year ago
The Cohen Brothers' Burn After Reading is a twisted hilarious movie worth watching. Set around a woman who wants plastic surgery and a ex-CIA agent who loses his disk containing his manuscript for his book. What really makes the movie good is the off colored humor, plot twists, and unexpected ending.

The whole movie is filled with the off colored humor of the Cohen Brothers, from beginning to end. The Cohen Brothers use this off colored humor to bring about situational comedy to portray the woman's life and the situations that arise from her and her co-workers finding the ex-CIA agent's disk. The use of sexual innuendos can also be considered 'off color'.

When watching this movie one doesn't really know what to expect because of the plot twists. The woman and her co-worker want the ex-CIA agent to pay them for finding his disk, he assumes that they are trying to blackmail him. Instead of just returning the disk the woman and her co-work try selling the disk to the Russians. The Cohen Brothers keep the twists coming.

The ending was the best of all. It was completely unexpected and totally off colored, some would consider it inappropriate. When all is said and done the CIA agency didn't really know what to say nor did they really understand what had happened. Their solution was funniest of all.

Over all this movie was filled with laughs and surprises. It does not have a run-of-the-mill plot where one can predict what is going to happen. Burn After Reading is worth the money to purchase on DVD.
SleepDreamWrite More than 1 year ago
Heard a lot about this. This was weird, kind of funny at times and again a little weird. Best part in the movie is Brad Pitt.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Escapism and fun, Brad Pitt shows he has a fun side. It was what I expected but not great movie.
albrtfn More than 1 year ago
The Coen Brothers are at it again in this unforgettably funny film. The star-studded cast is great, and each actor has a supremely unique character to boot. The dark humor and outrageous circumstances are what make this movie great. Oddly enough the funniest parts occur around what would normally be shocking or traumatic in a serious movie. I can't wait for this one to come to DVD and Blu-Ray.
mascaroml More than 1 year ago
I was actually quite disappointed with this movie. The impression gleaned from the previews was that Burn After Reading was a comedic masterpiece. When the credits start to roll, however, the viewer is left with disappointment. Not to suggest that the movie didn¿t have its few moments, but a few laughs does not a comedy make.

The performances of individual characters were good, by and large. However, the failures of the plot give the actors little opportunity to shine. I wouldn¿t suggest anyone buy this movie. If you have the opportunity to borrow it from a friend, however, it might not be too bad to watch it.
Julie-LosAngeles More than 1 year ago
It's definitely worth it. I highly recommend Burn After Reading
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Every actor did a great job to make this movie funny. There were some twists but easy to figure out as you watched it. You didn't know why everything happened until the end and that made it funnier.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
despite what people like mike-s85 say, (off color? must have been the word(s) of the day) this film was absolutely absurd. what were the cohen brothers smoking? i actually saw this film @ the theatre and wanted a refund. & that fact that it ends so abruptly made a bad film even worse!!! some people might argue that this film is for the more sophisticated viewer however i beg to differ. dont waste your time! if i could give this film negative stars i would!
NY_Reader1 More than 1 year ago
The Coen Brothers make movies that we are supposed to like because they are smart, witty and the cinematic equivalent of a complex Cabernet Sauvignon. I say to this: Huh?

This movie was an insult. It was overacted and underwritten. It was a clever premise that ran out of steam in about 20 minutes. Brad Pitt was funny only because he was playing a goofball. John Malovich played true to type as a raging lunatic. George Clooney was - well, George Clooney. He more or less walks through most of his movies playing the charming everyday guy.

I hate movies that have an abrupt ending, and this one rewarded my diligence of sitting through the whole movie by just ending cold. it was a classic case of a "what just happened" movie. I honestly thought my DVD jumped ahead over a chapter or two.

Coen fans will rent or buy this because they are Coen fans, but shouldn't a movie stand on its own merits, not its pedigree?

if you want to own a Coen movie, buy Fargo. They should have retired after they made that one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This has got to be one of the most confusing and funny movies I've ever seen. it's definately the kind of movie where after you watch it, you kind of find yourself just sitting there wondering what just happened! but it is very funny, definately a movie I've watched more than once and recommeneded to friends. it has that dry, sick sense of humor you don't really find anymore.
adamgn More than 1 year ago
A dark and hilarious comedy from the Coen Brothers. Not a traditional comedy and hard from people to watch. There are no redeeming characters in this movie -- which usually makes a movie unwatchable. But the script is so funny and the actors are so talented, it all seems to come together. For me at least. I know a lot of folks did not like this movie, but I highly recommend it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'd like to start my review by saying I am a huge fan of the Coen brothers work. I feel they have made some of the most important and brilliant cinema of the last 30 years. That being said, they have, in the past decade or so made three of the weakest films in their cannon. The Ladykillers, Intolerable Cruelty, and now Burn After Reading were each borderline unwatchable, and each for different reasons. Burn After Reading had a lot going for it in it's cast and score. However, what could have been a genius twisty plot like only the Coens can write turns out to be a plodding and ultimately flat and unsatifying waste of everyone's talents. There were no redeeming qualities in any of the major characters. Now, that was the idea, and selfishness was a major theme in the movie. But I was unable to connect or even care about what happens to any of them. And once I realized that none of these individuals meant anything to me, or each other for that matter, I was gone. It's a shame this wasn't a more lively outing because of the promise of the premise. Instead, Burn After Reading was an exercise in emotional minimalism and boring subtlety. Bummer, man...
al8085 More than 1 year ago
I returned this item and am waiting foer a credit.
SalgalNY More than 1 year ago
This is a funny movie, but has a lot of foul language in it, and some risque scenes.
larouge More than 1 year ago
The old saw is that God looks after drunks and simpletons, and in this movie he/she definitely does hold Frances McDiarmid's character protectively close to the cosmic bosom; and though she is undoubtedly the funniest character in this movie, the joke's on everyone else, including Brad Pitt. This is not a movie that edifies the soul or lifts the spirit, but it is fantastic, in the classical sense, and funny, straight on and in offbeat fashion, and just the medicine for a rainy day, outside, or in the heart.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a disappointment! Someone at Entertainment Weekly named this one of the 10 best movies of 2008, but my tastes are obviously different. This film was a lot of silliness and violence without much point. See "Fargo" or "Oh Brother, Where Art Thou?" and skip this waste of time.
EmilyJaneEN More than 1 year ago
i thought this movie would be soo very funny but it was a huge dissapointment!!!!! my mom and I both thought this movie sucked we didn't even finish the movie we just turned it off becuase the whole movie sucked soo much
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The brothers Coen follow up their Oscar winning No Country for Old Men with this profanely dark comedy that is not nearly as fun as a whole as it is in parts. Starts off as quirky and loopy as one expects from a Coen comedy, but gets violent and bloody toward the end . . . needlessly. There is a funny, but gross, homage to Fargo at the finale! Some of the performances are great, but Clooney and Malkovich come dangerously close to overacting, chewing the scenerey with gusto. McDormand brings a nice humanity to the film, and Pitt looks like he's having the time of his life . . . but, in the end, what is the point?
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