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Burn After Reading

R| 1 hr. 35 min.

Plot Summary
When a disc containing memoirs of a former CIA analyst (John Malkovich) falls into the hands of Linda Litzke (Frances McDormand) and Chad Feldheimer (Brad Pitt), the two gym employees see a chance to make enough money for her to have life-changing cosmetic surgery. Predictably, events whirl out of control for the duo doofuses and those in their orbit.

Cast: George Clooney , Frances McDormand , John Malkovich , Tilda Swinton , Brad Pitt , Richard Jenkins , Elizabeth Marvel , David Rasche

Directors: Joel Coen , Ethan Coen

Genres: Comedy drama, Thriller

Distributor: Focus Features

Burn After Reading (2008)

Release Date: September 12th, 2008|1 hr. 35 min.

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  • August 30, 2009 OneWayOnlyJesus
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    Spoiler: The gratuitous sexual scenes ruined this quirky little movie. Completely. I think it honestly would have been cute if not for that because we did wonder... where was all this leading. And the ending was... interesting. Who would have thought lipo was important enough to commit espionage? It makes sense as an American movie with American characters I guess.

  • January 29, 2009 REBECCABEBA2007
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    George and Brad, why did you accept to do this movie. I can't believe that have 6 nominations, everything about the movie is bad. The funny parts were not funny at all, and the script could be better wrote by a 10 years boy. Both of you, you are professionals, good actors, don't sale yourself for this kind of non-sense roles, that minimize your own potential. Every single person that saw the movie, really hate it. Sincerely and with much respect for both of you.

  • January 26, 2009 mago1246
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    People say i am surprised how such actors were in such a bad movie well dont you think they let them read the script before they decide to be in the movie or make them do the movie at gunpoint? I feel very sad for people that said the movie was not funny and waste of time. The movie was plain and simple hilarious, Pitt is such a a silly meathead that i was crying, Malkovich was funnier then ever and acted better then ever and Clooney was brilliant.with his obsessed and paranoid character. The movie is very unusual maybe thats why alot of people didnt like it.It shows plain and simple how stupidity exists in normal and everyday adults and in some parts of our society that are considered to be the most sophisticated.

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