A typical Coen brothers film involves double and triple crosses, murderous sociopaths (oftentimes with extraordinary hairstyles), sudden and gruesome death scenes, and other neo-noirish elements, with the action generally played out by an eclectic crew of Hollywood's most venerated thespians.

'A Serious Man' has none of the above.

It certainly is a black comedy with more dramatic elements than typical Coen fare -- but Joel and Ethan's latest is the least Coenish film they've turned in yet. Instead, 'A Serious Man' is a quiet film (with no marquee stars) about a troubled Jewish family in suburban Minnesota.
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