Macall Polay
December 23, 2008 at 05:00 AM EST

Burn After Reading

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
96 minutes
Wide Release Date
09/12/08
performer
George Clooney, John Malkovich, Frances McDormand, Brad Pitt, Tilda Swinton
director
Ethan Coen, Joel Coen
distributor
Focus Features
author
Ethan Coen, Joel Coen
genre
Mystery and Thriller, Comedy
We gave it a C

Brad Pitt sure looks funny in that bleached, skunkstripe hairdo. But like most jokes in Burn After Reading, the Coen brothers’ convoluted farce about a pair of gym buddies (Pitt and Frances McDormand) who mistake an ex?CIA analyst’s (John Malkovich) memoirs for top secret intelligence, the doofus ‘do gets old, fast. EXTRAS Three by-the-numbers featurettes offer riffs on the plot (George Clooney: ”It’s a comedy…about shockingly dumb people”) and — what else? — Pitt’s hair. C

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