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Burn After Reading

R
Movie
2008
1h 36m
English
Comedy, Drama
When a disc containing memoirs of a former CIA analyst falls into the hands of gym employees, Linda and Chad, they see a chance to make enough money for Linda to have life-changing cosmetic surgery. Predictably, events whirl out of control for the duo, and those in their orbit.
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6.8
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George Clooney
Harry Pfarrer
Frances McDormand
Linda Litzke
Brad Pitt
Chad Feldheimer
John Malkovich
Osborne Cox
Tilda Swinton
Katie Cox
Elizabeth Marvel
Sandy Pfarrer
David Rasche
CIA Officer
JK Simmons
CIA Superior
Olek Krupa
Krapotkin
Kevin Sussman
Tuchman Marsh Man
JR Horne
Divorce Lawyer
Pun Bandhu
Party Guest
Karla Mosley
Party Guest
Jeffrey DeMunn
Cosmetic Surgeon
Richard Poe
Stretching Gym Patron
Carmen M Herlihy
Prospective Gym Customer
Judy Frank
Lawyer's Secretary
Sndor Tcsy
Russian Embassy Escort
Yury Tsykun
Senior Russian Embassy Man
Directed By: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen
Written By: Joel Coen (Screenplay), Ethan Coen (Screenplay)

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barcaxavi says...
10 years ago
Great movie. Really entertaining acting work from Clooney and Pitt.
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cycomiko says...
11 years ago
An absolutely hilarious story about 2 dimwitted gym employees who find what they believe to be government secrets. They then try to turn a profit on the disc, one to help finance plastic surgery. This is a must watch, funny, drama, and a contraption built by Clooney that will leave you speechless.
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Buck Flower Sings says...
3 years ago
"I don't know sir." "I don't fucking know either." Fuck all goes no where, but it makes it look good. Still a relatively pointless waste of time with some dry/dark humor thrown in.
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jarvis-8243417 says...
3 years ago
“What a clusterf***.” The Coen brothers’ black comedy Burn After Reading is a complete mess that doesn’t deliver that many laughs. When two gym trainers find a computer disc containing the memoir of a CIA analyst they attempt to blackmail him; meanwhile a philandering US marshal grows increasingly paranoid that he’s being spied on by someone. Starring George Clooney, Frances McDormand, Tilda Swinton, John Malkovich and Brad Pitt, the film has an impressive cast that gives fairly good performances. The problem is, most of the characters are unlikable assholes. And the plot goes nowhere, which would be alright if it was a fun ride or had some clever twist of irony…but it doesn’t. Still, the satiric wit of the Coen brothers makes for a few fun comedic moments. Burn After Reading is entertaining at times but doesn’t really amount to much.
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Mitzle-deleted-1476635645
9/10  7 years ago
This hilarious dark-comedy with an all-star cast is well shot, well written, and very well acted. With actors like Brad Pitt and George Clooney, who more often than not end up playing the roles of Brad Pitt and George Clooney, it's refreshing to see them play unique characters and have them perf More
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enry_cami
CONTAINS SPOILERS6/10  2 years ago
DISCLAIMER: I did not see this movie in its original language(English), but in a dubbed version(Italian). I may have missed some nuances.

This movie left me with a weird sensation. You know when you spend an evening watching random YouTube videos and, at end, you feel like you wasted time? You we More
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Baz
4 years ago
The Coen brothers really seemed to enjoy making this dark comedy.
Great ensemble cast . It really is just good solid entertainment and some great cynicism.
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