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Burn After Reading

By Aly Semigran
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Burn After Reading
Directed by: Joel and Ethan Coen
B+

If anyone can turn bad haircuts into great performances, it's the Coen brothers. The Dude's classically mangled mane in The Big Lebowski inspired slackers everywhere. Anton Chigurh's creepy mop-top helped Javier Bardem snag an Oscar as the menacing killer in No Country for Old Men.

Now the tragically coiffed Chad Feldheimer--a bumbling idiot among many bumbling idiots in the Coen brothers' latest comedy caper Burn After Reading--joins that lineage. Played to perfection by a bleached blond Brad Pitt, dopey personal trainer Chad and his plastic surgery-craving colleague Linda (the always funny Frances McDormand) accidentally stumble upon a disc containing "top secret CIA shit," as he delicately describes it.

The "shit" carries the personal information of recently fired CIA analyst Osborne Cox (John Malkovich), whose life is falling apart as Chad and Linda try their hardest to blackmail him. Meanwhile, his frigid wife Katie (Tilda Swinton) carries on an affair with serial philanderer Harry Pfarrer (George Clooney). Hijinks and shenanigans ensue to create a funny, thrilling flick.

The strength of Burn After Reading lies in its characters and the way their lives are skillfully woven together by the Coens. Each character is more hopelessly clueless than the next, but the script never undermines or mocks them. From Pitt to bit players like J.K. Simmons and Richard Jenkins, it's a joy watching all these typically serious actors play dumb.

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