A Coen brothers' film that's personal and an angst-ridden dark comedy. Problems arise for the Jewish Gropnik family in 1967 in an unnamed Minnesota city suburb. Physicist Larry's wife Judith is having an affair with his obnoxious university colleague Sy and wants a divorce. His crazy mathematician brother Larry is unemployable and living with the family, son Danny is buying pot and goes to his bar mitzvah stoned, and daughter Sarah steals money from Larry's wallet to save up for a nose job. Larry is worried he won't get tenure even as a graduate student gives him grief and his beautiful neighbor shakes his libido by sunbathing in the nude. If Larry reminds you of the biblical Job--well that's deliberate.
How do we handle adversity? When life hands you serious crisis, what do you turn to for answers to your existential questions? Many, many people turn to faith but what do we do when that is inadequate? Faith, by its very definition, relies on believing that the hardships that befall ...Read More