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Burn After Reading

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Burn After Reading
Macall Polay

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