O Brother, Where Art Thou
Ulysses Everett McGill (George Clooney) is having difficulty adjusting to his hard-labor sentence in Mississippi. He scams his way off the chain gang with simple Delmar (Tim Blake Nelson) and maladjusted Pete (John Turturro), then the trio sets out to pursue freedom and the promise of a fortune in buried treasure. With nothing to lose and still in shackles, their hasty run takes them on an incredible journey of awesome experiences and colorful characters.
Writer: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen, Homer,
Director: Joel Coen
Producer: Ethan Coen, Robert Graf, Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, John Cameron
Cast: Charles Durning, Daniel Von Bargen, George Clooney, Holly Hunter, John Goodman, John Turturro, Stephen Root, Michael Badalucco, Musetta Vander, Royce D. Applegate, Tim Nelson, Lee Weaver, Ray McKinnon, Frank Collison, Ed Gale, Wayne Duvall, Gillian Welch, Brian Reddy, Del Pentecost, Chris Thomas King, Michael W. Finnell, Milford Fortenberry, Quinn Gasaway, April Hardcastle, J.R. Horne, John Locke, Georgia Rae Rainer, A. Ray Ratliff, Mia Tate, Christy Taylor
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Oh how to describe the hilarity of this film? It could be the accents, the facial expressions, the timing, the dialogue or the beautifully comical blend of every random thing. This film just brings a smile to my face! If you can appreciate the wit of a quirky film and the silliness of a…silly film then queue this one up tonight!... See Full ReviewNovember 20th, 2013 · Details
Popular movie genres never die, no matter how much we wish some of them would.
High on the list for many of us would be teen-oriented adaptations of Shakespeare plays, which pretty much peaked and then petered out the same day that "William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet" came out.
But that hasn't stopped the flow of less successful (both critically and commercially) knock-offs. Of this bunch, the basketball drama "O" may be the most ambitious, but it's also one of the most disappointing.
While in concept it's an interesting, well-acted piece, it comes off as surprisingly slack and punchless, and doesn't come close to pulling off some of its more daring material.
"O" changes the place and time for Shakespeare's tragic drama "Othello," setting its action in an elite private school in the Deep South, circa the early 21st century. And rather than its title character being a Venetian moor, he's a black basketball player named Odin James, or "O" (Mekhi Pfifer).
Life is good for O. His coach (Martin Sheen) is beholden to him, college coaches are trying to recruit him. And the most popular girl in school, Desi Brable (Julia Stiles), is in love with him.
However, there is one person who isn't an O-booster the coach's son, Hugo (Josh Hartnett), who doesn't believe he's getting the necessary respect and affection from his father, or the rest of the student body. So he begins elaborate scheme to bring O down.
The pawns in this plan are a fellow student (Elden Henson) who's in love with Desi, and O's former best friend (Andrew Keegan), who's been spending a lot of time with Desi as well (in an effort to get back into O's good graces).
Screenwriter Brad Kaaya's adaptation keeps many specific events from the play intact, but, unfortunately, they're played very broadly by directed Tim Blake Nelson (1997's "Eye of God").
Still, some of the performances make it watchable, including that of Pfifer, though his character's motivations are never quite clear. But up-and-comer Hartnett steals the show, and his brooding turn overshadows that of the film's star.
The supporting cast is a mixed bag, however, especially Sheen's over-the-top performance, and yet another, too-haughty turn by Stiles, appearing in her third Shakespeare revision (the others were "10 Things I Hate About You" and Michael Almereyda's "Hamlet").
"O" is rated R for frequent use of strong profanity, violence (gunplay and a strangulation), a fairly graphic scene of simulated sex, simulated drug use (cocaine and steroids), scattered use of racial epithets and crude sexual slang terms and brief gore. Running time: 95 minutes.
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