Burn After Reading(2008)


Coen Brothers and dark humor..now that’s a lethal combo that can never go wrong..We all know that..Their previous outing  was ‘No country for old men”, which was a blood bath.So its good that they followed up with this  lighthearted  comedy  with an ensemble cast that include George Clooney,Brad Pitt,John Malkovich,Frances McDormand and many others..

Each character in this film is perfectly etched out.And most characters in this film are idiotic and right down hilarious.There’s not much going on in the plot.It’s  a cat and mouse game ,that’s just  neatly written .As its once said in the film, it’s a clusterfuck(now that’s a technical term, but i hope you can relate it).So its not actually the plot but the characters that make this film watchable, actually more than just watchable.The humor in the film is top stuff.

Brad Pitt as Chad Feldheimer, a gym instructor is the most interesting character from the film.This is the most hilarious i have seen of Brad Pitt.He amazes me in each film..And he does even more than just amaze me in this one..I am speechless..wow..There is this one scene from the film which is my favorite and for that matter everyone’s favorite, when Brad Pitt tries to be this really hard chap on  dealing with an analyst in CIA.The false voice he makes and the million dollar expression on his face, i laughed my socks out watching that scene..That’s the best and the most hilarious scene from the whole movie..Brad Pitt, you’ll always be my favorite…

Goerge Clooneys’s character is that of a treasury agent, Harry Pfarrer.That’s a funny name.George Clooney has done a fine job .Harry is this man  who loves his wife   and many other women.He is a  constant womanizer.And he is punctual and is more than concerned  of his health.John Malkovich as Osborne  Cox needs an applause..This role of an alcoholic CIA analyst  was totally safe in his  hands.And Frances Mcdormand, who is a regular in Coen films, is at her best in the role of  Linda Litzke, a fellow gym instructor alongside Chad.

Its not one of the finest works by the Coen brothers, but it sure does have their signature all over it.They remind us over and over again that perfectly crafted out characters can make for an interesting watch, even when the plot has nothing much to offer.

My Rating :8/10



41 thoughts on “Burn After Reading(2008)

  1. I have wanted to see this and haven’t yet, it looks great! I’ll be renting it now 🙂

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  2. It’s a star-studded film! With your 8/10 review, I will include this in my must-watch list. You can never go wrong with a John Malkovich film.

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    1. Agreed….loved him in “The Man in the Iron Mask”
      I have seen this film in the bargain bin,will have to take it for a spin!

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  3. I never heard of this one. I have to check it out.

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  4. Funny with hot dudes? AND John Malkovich…I gotta see it

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    1. ah yes, they are hot and funny :)….thanks..


  5. thanks for this review…..will check it out, sounds like my type of movie:)

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    1. thank u..i hope you’ll like it..


  6. I am always looking for good movie reviews. Clooney and Pitt make a good pair. Will add this one to my list.

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    1. yes they are great together..thanks.


  7. Looks like a good movie! Now I know what to rent next time the boyfriend and I are trying to pick a movie!

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  8. This movie sounds like it has a lot of great actors in it. I may have to check it out!

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    1. yes..its star studded…thanks..


  9. I have heard so many good things about this. I love movies. I should really just watch this. What a great cast!

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    1. good to hear that….thanks 🙂


  10. I have not heard of this, but Brad and George (like they are my friends) are very good at their craft.. I would see this!

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  11. I’ve seen this movie! Hilarious!



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  12. I saw this movie. I thought it was a hoot. I don’t think it did that good at the box office, but I sure did like the movie.

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    1. no actually it did quite well at the box office, considering its small budget and the kind of film it is..it grossed around $160 million worldwide, which is quite good for a dark comedy..thanks 🙂


  13. I have been meaning to watch this for a while now. I may just have to actually get around to it now though!

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  14. Ah, I was not familiar with this! Thanks for sharing your review! Its on my list!

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    1. good to hear that..thanks 🙂


  15. The movie has big name stars. I like to see how Brad Pitt and George Clooney portray their unique characters in the movie.

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    1. they are at their comic best for all i can say…thanks 🙂


  16. Good title of the movie, it drew me in… and between the star-studded cast and the humor, totally sounds like something I’d check out. Thanks for the review!

    ~ lauriel


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  17. such a good movie! everyone really shines on it!
    Dee T

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  18. I love Brad Pitt he can play such an array of parts. Why does it not surprise me that George Clooney is playing a womanizer?

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    1. yes Brad Pitt is awesome…and George Clooney, no surprises there..He’s a real life womanizer..


  19. Oh my God I just watched No Country For Old Men and it scared the beejesus out of me! This sounds much better. I love Brad Pitt and George Clooney is well George no other words needed and his is a hometown boy for me so….

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  20. I am going to have to watch this. I love comedies. Thanks for sharing.


  21. This was a great movie. It has a lot of good actors and lots of laugh’s. I would watch it again.

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  22. Man with all of those great actors in there, you’d think I would have heard of this! Thanks for your take

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  23. I remember when this movie came out, but then forgot all about it. Brad Pitt’s character did look pretty funny. I will have to put this in the queue.

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  24. I think I’ll find this movie on Itunes no Country For Old Men was really that kind of movie you don’t,want to watch again!!

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  25. This was a fun film. Quirky as can be expected from the Coen brothers.

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  26. I love George Clooney. This looks like it will be good. I need to check it out.


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