Sunday, February 21, 2016

761. Raising Arizona

Raising Arizona
Directed by Joel and Ethan Coen

I have an embarrassing movie secret to reveal: I have never seen The Big Lebowski.  I know, I know.  It is very shameful.  I plan on getting around to it eventually, since I do really enjoy the Coen brothers.  But for now, I must live with my shame.

A convenience store robber and a policewoman fall in love, but are unable to conceive.  They learn that a local furniture tycoon's wife has given birth to a set of quintuplets and decide to steal one of the babies.  It is strange that such an upsetting topic actually turns out to be convincingly light hearted.

I know I keep saying this, but I am shocked about how much I am enjoying 80s comedies.  Since comedies tend to feel dated, I had kind of resigned myself to never really finding these films laugh out loud funny.  But this was great and Nicolas Cage actually didn't creep me out.  Or, at the very least, didn't creep me out more than he was supposed to.

It certainly isn't the best Coen brothers movie I have seen, but it is still definitely worthy of its place in The Book.

RATING: ****-

Interesting Facts:

All of the main characters cry except the baby.