When Sy is trying to persuade Larry to check into The Jolly Roger for the sake of his kids until things settle down with the divorce, he offhandedly mentions that the hotel has a pool as a point in its favor. “It wasn’t even erotic.”, Moira Macdonald: 206-464-2725 or mmacdonald@seattletimes.com, Where to see holiday lights in the Seattle area in 2020, Soccer star Megan Rapinoe talks about her new memoir ‘One Life,’ activism, pay equity and more, Megachurch Pastor Carl Lentz fired, admits cheating on wife, Our critic finds that revisiting a chilly mystery has its own thrills | The Plot Thickens, Seattle's Payge Turner advances to knockout rounds of 'The Voice'. Why, why, why? A student tries to bribe him and blackmail him at the same time. Permissions beyond the scope of this license may be available from thestaff@tvtropes.org. Remember that many parables contain their message in their last lines. I can't prove it but I'm absolutely certain more than half of everyone on Earth has heard some version of that joke. He lectures on physics in front of a blackboard filled with bewildering equations that are mathematical proofs approaching certainty, and in his own life, what can be sure of? Why can no rabbi provide him with encouragement or useful advice?

If you don't remember the joke, ask anyone. In 1975, he won the Pulitzer Prize for distinguished criticism.

She makes the character sexy in a strictly logical sense, but any prudent man would know on first sight to stay clear.

I believe it acts as a parable reflecting the film, Gopnik's life, and indeed the Book of Job. I imagine (but do not know) that Joel and Ethan have been kicking this story around for years, passing time by reminding each other of … It is set in what I assume to be a Minneapolis suburb of their childhood, a prairie populated by split-level homes with big garages but not enough trees around them.

Larry’s wife, Judith (Sari Lennick), wants to leave him for Sy Abelman (Fred Melamed), a doleful-toned twit whom she sees as “a serious man.” Son Danny (Aaron Wolff) would rather smoke pot than study for his bar mitzvah; daughter Sarah (Jessica McManus) longs for a nose job and spends all her time washing her hair. Those can be funny, too. You don't want to make the mistake of inviting one into your home.

This is the traitor who has stolen away Gopnik's wife, and he believes it will be good if they have a long, helpful talk. ", "The rabbi is busy." Why is his no-account brother-in-law (Richard Kind) such a shiftless leech? TVTropes is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License. Such a man is Larry Gopnik. His homeless brother Arthur (Richard Kind) is camped out in his living room, draining his sebaceous cyst (a very Coen Brothers touch).

The Coens have found mostly unfamiliar actors, or those like Stuhlbarg, Kind and Melamed you've seen before, but you're not quite sure where. And his sexy neighbor just might be trying to seduce him.

With Michael Stuhlbarg, Richard Kind, Sari Lennick, Fred Melamed. Maybe because an ancestor invited a dybbuk to cross his threshold, Larry is cursed. History Talk (0) Share. "I read the book of Job last night," Virginia Woolf said. Rated R Where can he find happiness? A page for describing Funny: A Serious Man. His gun-nut neighbor frightens him.

for language, some sexuality and nudity and brief violence. In the sex department, why are even his wet dreams, starring his brazen neighbor (Amy Landecker), frightening? Does Fred know Larry is doomed? ", Larry defending his character: "I am not an evil man! quoting Grace Slick and smiling enigmatically.

The tenure committee is getting unsigned libelous letters about him. Someone up there doesn't like Larry Gopnik. Beginning with a darkly comic prologue in Yiddish, "A Serious Man" inhabits a Jewish community where the rational (physics) is rendered irrelevant by the mystical (fate).

A review "A Serious Man" — one of the Coen Brothers' most personal, and likable, films.

His daughter is stealing money for a nose job. Gopnik can fill all the blackboards he wants, and it won't do him any good. "He didn't look busy!" Ableman is not only the grief, but the grief counselor.

Such chutzpah, you have to admire. Why would a student (David Kang) clearly fail an exam, leave bribe money on his desk and then act to destroy him?

How are you.” Kind’s Uncle Arthur is the film’s quiet soul, and the wonderful Stuhlbarg, playing a man increasingly despairing yet still possessed of a sweetly boyish enthusiasm, is its heart. Edit.

I cannot improve on that. Amy Landecker, too, is perfect as Mrs. Samsky. Larry Gopnik, a Midwestern physics teacher, watches his life unravel over multiple sudden incidents. Said to a father and son who have a massive gut-shot buck strapped to the top of their car, "No Jews were harmed in the making of this motion picture. Larry, desperate, consults a rabbi — several of them, in fact — wanting to learn how to be a good man and a good Jew.

His brother-in-law is sleeping on the sofa and lurking in unsavory bars. And its cast, mostly drawn from theater, wins us over, despite the tone of constant kvetching and misfortune. Netflix's Aunty Donna's Big Ol' House of Fun is Sketch Comedy Bliss, Short Films in Focus: World of Tomorrow 3, HBO's Industry is a Bitter Mix of Grey's Anatomy and Succession.

Apparently there are several steps involved, but you don't have to tell Marshak that. This doesn’t help Larry much (though it’s certainly entertaining), and perhaps it isn’t meant to; serenity and acceptance, he learns, must be found from within.

Why do his children dismiss him? One tells him to appreciate the beauty and integrity of a parking lot; another shares a long story about a dentist who found Yiddish words carved onto a gentile patient’s teeth. Directed by Ethan Coen, Joel Coen. It's not a big role but he's so good, he establishes a full presence in his first scene, when he's only a voice on the telephone. This isn't a laugh-laugh movie, but a wince-wince movie.

This isn't a laugh-laugh movie, but a wince-wince movie. I went to the Aster Art once. He’s perpetually being trapped in corners, willingly offering up his own flaws. that will add colors to your day. "I don't think God comes out well in it." His wife is leaving him for his best friend. He lectures on physics in front of a blackboard filled with bewildering equations that are mathematical proofs approaching certainty, and in his own life, what can be sure of? The increasingly bizarre rabbis are pretty good too, … Those can be funny, too. Nothing, that's what.

There is a story told in "A Serious Man" that may seem out of place.

He doesn't play Gopnik as a sad-sack or a loser, a whiner or a depressive, but as a hopeful man who can't believe what's happening to him.

“I watched a Swedish porn film,” he randomly admits at one point, sadly inventorying his soul for moral turpitude. The wife of his other neighbor is sex-crazy. A Serious Man Something about Larry: In the painfully funny ‘Serious Man,’ the Coens throw the book at a suburban dad Why does Sy Ableman (Fred Melamed), his so-called best friend who is taking away his wife, speak to him in terms of such sadness, sympathy and understanding? I'm sure you've heard the old joke where Job asks the Lord why everything in his life is going wrong.

Disappointment lowers his features. "He's thinking. You don't have to be Jewish to figure that out.

Funny Quotes about Men to Make You a Serious Man - Falmouth, MA - Here are some funny quotes about men (don't take it in an offensive manner guys!) His son is listening to rock 'n' roll in Hebrew school. Melamed, as Abelman, is wickedly funny; this “serious man” speaks as if narrating a film for public television, with periods after every few words: “Larry. I saw.

Much of the success of "A Serious Man" comes from the way Michael Stuhlbarg plays the role. YMMV • Radar • Quotes • (Funny • Heartwarming • Awesome) • Fridge • Characters • Fanfic Recs • Nightmare Fuel • Shout Out • Plot • Tear Jerker • Headscratchers • Trivia • WMG • Recap • Ho Yay • Image Links • Memes • Haiku • Laconic In this world, Larry Gopnik (Michael Stuhlbarg) earnestly desires to be taken as a serious man and do the right thing, but does God take him seriously? Though seeking meaning and answers amidst his turmoils, he seems to keep sinking. Roger Ebert was the film critic of the Chicago Sun-Times from 1967 until his death in 2013. God forbid this man should see a doctor. After the seriously great "No Country for Old Men," the Coen brothers have made the not greatly serious "A Serious Man," which bears every mark of a labor of love. "This is the kind of picture you get to make after you've won an Oscar," writes Todd McCarthy in Variety. Nothing, that's what.

Remember what the Lord replies? http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Funny/ASeriousMan.

What else can go wrong? What’s a good man, trapped in such a life in 1967 Midwestern suburbia, to do? Their actors weren't cast, they were preordained. A dybbuk is the wandering soul of a dead person. Judith Gopnik, as Larry's wife, is able to suggest in only a few scenes that she's leaving him not for passion or out of anger, but because she senses his ship going down and Sy Ableman is a lifeboat.

“A Serious Man” is, by their own admission, their most personal film: The brothers grew up Jewish in the suburban Midwest in the 1960s. ", The increasingly bizarre rabbis are pretty good too, culminating in an ancient, cryptic rabbi whose wisdom consists of, "Well, Danny goes to Hebrew school, Sarah doesn't have time, she mostly... washes her hair.