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Burn After Reading [DVD] [2008]

  • SKU: 9139096
  • Release Date: 12/21/2008
  • Rating: R

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    Overall Customer Rating:
    46% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (5 out of 11)

    Special Features

    • Finding the Burn - The Making of Burn After Reading
    • DC Insiders Run Amock - An all-star cast creates the world of Washington, DC, insiders all trying to get ahead or find true love.
    • Welcome Back, George - This comedy piece features Mr. Clooney as he returns for his third collaboration with Ethan and Joel


    Burn After Reading
    Joel and Ethan Coen's jet-black comedy Burn After Reading begins with CIA agent Osborne Cox (John Malkovich) losing his job. This prompts his long-suffering, unfaithful wife (Tilda Swinton) to consult a lawyer about divorcing him. Osborne decides to write a book about his exploits, but an early draft of his work ends up lost at a gym where it's found by the dim-witted Chad (Brad Pitt, and the plastic-surgery obsessed Linda (Frances McDormand). They decide to blackmail Osborne in order to help Linda pay for the numerous procedures she wants to undergo. Things grow even more complicated when Linda starts an affair with Harry (George Clooney), who also happens to be sleeping with Cox's wife. ~ Perry Seibert, Rovi

    Cast & Crew

    • George Clooney
      George Clooney - Harry Pfarrer
    • Frances McDormand
      Frances McDormand - Linda Litzke
    • John Malkovich
      John Malkovich - Osborne Cox
    • Tilda Swinton
      Tilda Swinton - Katie Cox
    • Brad Pitt
      Brad Pitt - Chad Feldheimer

    Customer rating

    Rating 2.7 out of 5 stars with 11 reviews

    would recommend to a friend
    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      real review here!


      i get a big kick out of reading the naysayers' reviews for this film (especially the reviews above mine), saying stuff like: "what was the point of that?", "i didn;t get it". The point is there is no point! it's funny watching all these people expecting a brainless comedy because god forbid they have to think a little. that's what you can expect from the coens. And if any human being is out there with a taste for good movies, they'll probably like this. Expecially if they are a coen fan, namely liking films like fargo or the big lebowski. It's the typical coen fromula of crime gone wrong with insane results. It may not be a "laugh out loud" movie but it is a very very very dark comedy, much like most of the coen's works. I do agree it was misadvertised, but in a good way. It's not their best, but it is up there. This is coming from a thourough film fan and a general coen brother fan. Point being, if you haven't seen this but loved most of the coen brother films like: fargo, big lebowski, blood simple, the ladykillers, or even old country for no men, chances are you will at least enjoy this film and i think it is certainly worth at least one viewing.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars



      I used to love Coen Brothers comedies. Raising Arizona is one of the funniest films ever made and Fargo is one of the greatest dark comedies, but while their dramas continue to be great they have lost their flair for comedy. People told me this movie was great and one of those friends gave me the movie for Christmas. I didn't so much as crack a smile while watching it. I was bored for pretty much the whole thing and annoyed by the performances of just about everyone. I see tv commercials often that make me think the directors must have told the actors to be as unbelievable as possible. This was two hours of characters that aren't believable and are difficult to watch because of their stupid quirks. If you want a great Coen Brothers comedy get Raising Arizona or Fargo.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

      Don't waste your money


      Advertised as a very funny, entertaining movie. My husband and I both thought it was a total waste of our money. It was not funny and definitely not enteraining. We both struggled to watch the whole movie. My advice, don't waste your money on it.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

      Worst Movie I've watched in years

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      Too bad you can't give "0" stars. Not only was the language terrible, the plot was non-sense. It wasn't a comedy, although it tried to be funny. Incoherint story lines with very odd characters. This is the worst movie I've watched in years.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      The Coen Brothers are great.


      Don't let these other reviews fool you. If you go into the movie not knowing what the Coen brothers do and their movie genre then you might be surprised at what you get. But the dark comedies are hilarious. Really top-notch.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

      Worst Movie of 2008


      Stupid movie....only the commercials were waste of money to go see it at the theater. I wouldn't even give it 1 star if there were less to choose....this deserves more like a -10 (thats minus 10).

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

      Dont waste your money :-(


      I thought this was 2 hours of my life that I totally wasted not to mention the $20 I paid for it. The previews made it seem funny and witty but is quite the contrary. Dont waste your money or time.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

      wow dont waste your time


      i dont know what to say here but the movie was boring not that funny they did a good job in the preview thats all just watch that and thats it thas the only funny seens in the movie

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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