A Serious Man

Release Date: October 2nd, 2009

DVD Release Date: February 9th, 2010

R |1 hr 45 min

Plot Summary

Larry Gopnik (Michael Stuhlbarg) is a physics professor at a 1960s university, but his life is coming apart at the seams. His wife (Sari Lennick) is leaving him, his jobless brother (Richard Kind) has moved in, and someone is trying to sabotage his chances for tenure. Larry seeks advice from three different rabbis, but whether anyone can help him overcome his many afflictions remains to be seen.

Cast: Michael Stuhlbarg, Richard Kind, Fred Melamed, Sari Lennick, Aaron Wolff, Jessica McManus, Amy Landecker, Peter Breitmayer

Director: Joel Coen , Ethan Coen

Genres: Comedy drama

Production Co: Working Title Films

Keywords: School, Transformation, Love triangle, Fall, Amusing, Brother, 1960s, Wife, Quest

Ratings & Reviews

  • 75
    Carrie RickeyPhiladelphia Inquirer

    This unsettling, shaggy, surrealistic pillow of a movie - a mixed bag more funny-strange than ha-ha. show more

  • 80
    Kirk HoneycuttThe Hollywood Reporter

    The always surprising Coen brothers have finally made a very serious movie with A Serious Man. It's about God, man's place in the world and the meaning of life, so naturally it's one of their funnier movies. show more

  • 30
    Joe MorgensternWall Street Journal

    What do the Coen brothers want of us? More specifically, what do they want us to think of the repellent people in this pitilessly bleak movie? show more

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Nominated Best Performance By an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy
Nominated Original Screenplay
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2010)
Nominated Best Picture
Nominated Writing (Original Screenplay)