The Coen Brothers come up with this black comedy which is probably their best film to date. William H. Macy plays a soft-spoken loser who stages a relatively innocent plot to kidnap his wife (so he can collect on ransom, paid exclusively by his father-in-law) but it escalates into complete chaos. Frances McDormand, in an Academy Award winning performance, plays the very pregnant policewoman who investigates this case. A remarkably well made film that is often-times hilarious.

Movie reviewed by Michael Lawrence



Frances McDormand, Steve Buscemi, William H. Macy, Peter Stormare, Harve Presnell, John Carroll Lynch, Kristin Rudrud, Tony Denman, Steve Park, Steven Reevis, Warren Keith, Larry Brandenburg

Directed by:

Joel Coen


1996 crime/comedy

Rated R.


Don Ignacio's score: A

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