A Serious Man


From Oscar-winning writers/directors Joel and Ethan Coen comes this darkly humorous story of an ordinary man’s search for clarity in a universe where Jefferson Airplane is on the radio and F-Troop is on TV. It’s 1967, and Larry Gopnik, a physics professor at a quiet Midwestern university, has just been informed by his wife Judith that she is leaving him. She has fallen in love with one of his more pompous acquaintances, Sy Ableman, who seems to her a more substantial person than the feckless Larry. Larry’s unemployable brother Arthur is sleeping on the couch, his son Danny is a discipline problem and a shirker at Hebrew school, and his daughter Sarah is filching money from his wallet in order to save up for a nose job. And to top it all off, his sexy neighbor is tormenting him with her totally inappropriate nude sunbathing. Struggling for equilibrium, Larry seeks advice from three different rabbis, and their answers lead him on a twisted journey of faith, family, mortality and delinquent behavior. Can anyone help him cope with his afflictions and become a righteous person – a mensch – a serious man? (Dir. by Joel & Ethan Coen, 2009, 106 mins., Rated R) Digital