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Story

The 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 is 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. While his wife and Sy Ableman blithely make new domestic arrangements, and his brother becomes more and more of a burden, an anonymous hostile letter-writer is trying to sabotage Larry's chances for tenure at the university. Also, a graduate student seems to be trying to bribe him for a passing grade while at the same time threatening to sue him for defamation. Plus, the beautiful woman next door torments him by sunbathing nude. Struggling for equilibrium, Larry seeks advice from three different rabbis. Can anyone help him cope with his afflictions and become a righteous person - a mensch - a serious man?

Cast

Michael StuhlbargLarry Gopnik
Richard KindUncle Arthur
Fred MelamedSy Ableman
Sari LennickJudith Gopnik
Aaron WolffDanny Gopnik
Jessica McManusSarah Gopnik
Peter BreitmayerMr. Brandt
Brent BraunschweigMitch Brandt
David KangClive Park
Benjamin PortnoeDanny's Reefer Buddy
Jack SwilerBoy on Bus
Andrew S. LentzCursing Boy on Bus
Jon Kaminski Jr.Mike Fagle
Ari HoptmanArlen Finkle
Alan MandellRabbi Marshak
Amy LandeckerMrs. Samsky
George WynerRabbi Nachtner
Michael TezlaDr. Sussman
Katherine BorowitzFriend at the Picnic
Steve ParkClive's Father (as Stephen Park)
Allen Lewis RickmanShtetl Husband
Yelena ShmulensonShtetl Wife

  • Genre: Comedy Movies
  • Director: Joel Coen
  • Producer: Focus Features
  • Length: 105 min
  • Aspect ratio: 1.37:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaOct 2, 2009
    EuropeNov 20, 2009
    JapanFeb 26, 2011
    AustraliaNov 19, 2009
  • Ratings
    North AmericaR
    Europe15
    JapanPG-12
    AustraliaM
  • Blu-ray Release
    North AmericaFeb 9, 2010
    EuropeMar 15, 2010
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaFeb 9, 2010
    EuropeMar 15, 2010
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