I had no idea what to expect from this movie. I had never heard of it other than knowing it was a nominee. My husband's friend said it was nothing like the Coen brothers' last Oscar film (No Country for Old Men). That left me hopeful, because I didn't like No Country for Old Men. Well, this movie left me... unsure of the point.
Larry Gopnik is an ordinary guy... very ordinary. There is nothing interesting about him at all. He's a professor on the tenure track. For such a plain guy, he seems to have trouble in all the people around him. His son is a pot head, his daughter is a B, his wife has fallen in love with some old widower and wants a "get" (some kind of approved Jewish divorce). Plus he has a brother living with him that seems to cause nothing but trouble. So, this movie follows Larry as he seeks to find the answers to life and try to get through his problems.
Although it held my interest, this movie was boring and pointless. I hated the end, I didn't understand the significance of the beginning and the only character who I liked was the pothead son. I was just waiting for Larry to go crazy and start whacking people. (He did live quite wildly in his dreams, though.)
I don't know why this was nominated, but I could have said the same thing about No Country for Old Men.
Don't waste your time on this.
Family Time Factor: There's not much graphic or raunchy, but I don't think kids would want to watch it.
MOTR Grade: C-