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Burn After Reading 2008

A disk containing the memoirs of a CIA agent ends up in the hands of two unscrupulous gym employees who attempt to sell it...

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Malkovich is hilarious! Pitt is pretty funny too. Loved it!
Good beginning - Pretty aright throughout - Terrible ending
encountering pathetically moronic people apparently stupefies the so called 'intelligence community'.. brad pitt and george clooney are good at subdued humor.
nowdownload wants $$$.. bait & switch.
It really is a dark spy comedy. Pitt plays a cooky gym trainer which is very funny and the plot and performances are exceptional. I say go see it its worth your while.
So your first question when reading this is... what is this movie worth?

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It looks perrty funny
Prolific filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen (The Big Lebowski, Fargo, Miller's Crossing, Raising Arizona, Blood Simple), fresh off their Oscar-winning adaptation of Cormac McCarthy's novel, No Country for Old Men, are back less than a year later with Burn After Reading, a black/comedy spy farce. With their reputations restored after the success of No Country for Old Men (Lady Killers and Intolerable Cruelty were critical and commercial misfires), the Coen Brothers deliver an absurdist, Seinfeldian comedy of miscommunication, misunderstandings, and mistaken identity. Burn After Reading may not reach the Olympian heights of the Coen Brothers' previous forays into farce (The Big Lebowski and Raising Arizona got there first), but it comes close.

Burn After Reading focuses on a minor constellation of self-obsessed characters, ranging from Harry Pfarrer (George Clooney), a Treasury agent and serial adulterer who brags about never firing his gun in 20 years as an agent, the married lover angling for a long-term commitment, Katie (Tilda Swinton), her ex-CIA analyst husband with a drinking problem and a penchant for profanity, Osborne Cox (John Malkovich), Linda Litzke (Frances McDormand), a forty-something gym employee eager to embark on a flurry of self-improvement through cosmetic surgery, her manager, Ted Treffon (Richard Jenkins), who longs for Linda to return his romantic interest, and Linda's friend and fellow gym employee, Chad Feldheimer (Brad Pitt), a strutting, preening, pretty boy who's as deep as the shallow end of a swimming pool.

Everyone wants something from everyone else and that something, a MacGuffin (an object of desire and plot device of little relevance and marginal importance) if there ever was one, centers on a CD containing a partial manuscript of Osborn's tell-all memoirs. An employee at the Hardbodies Fitness Center finds the CD, turns it over to Chad. After deciphering the CD's contents, Chad and Linda see money in their future: contact Osborne and offer the CD in exchange for a "Good Samaritan" tax. Osborne refuses to go along to get along, which in turn convinces Chad and Linda to look for a buyer; their first stop: the Russian embassy and a cultural attach
I sat bored out of my mind for however the hell long that turd of a movie was. The only times I ever chuckled were during the conversations between the CIA director and his staff. The rest of the movie is pretty much atrocious. None of the characters are likable, and the only two who were approaching it were shot in the face and hacked to death with a hatchet, respectively. Save your money, wait till it hits Redbox - or better yet, spend the buck on a soda. Thank you Coen Brothers for another steaming pile of ...

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The film comes in tact with an all star cast including George Clooney, Pitt, McDormand, Tilda Swinton, Malkovich, and JK Simmons. It's clear they brought their A game because each one of them shines when their turn comes. The best of the bunch would have to be Pitt, in perhaps his funniest role yet. The guy is just stupid here, plain old dumb. But he does stupid well, very well. Pitt's Chad may well be the only likeable character in the entire movie and just seems to be a caring, kindhearted guy even if he is a little slow. JK Simmons did an amazing job in his small role as a CIA employee who is just as flabbergasted at the events occuring as the audience is. It's great when Simmons keeps rehashing the crazy cirumstances and basically asking "What the hell is going on?" He's pretty much speaking for the audience, but we don't care why it's happening because it's a hell of a riot.
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