Although the use of the word ‘adult’ may seem dubious, I struggle to find a better term. I’m not talking about R-rated films or the kind that come in red DVD cases. And these aren’t ‘mature’ necessarily. Not obviously comedies, although probably funny. Just unusual films, not designed for kids. Yes, I am trying to shake the idea that I, like my sister, have a penchant only for films with talking animals. I have diverse taste. Really.
A Serious Man is the story of an ordinary mans search for clarity in a universe where Jefferson Airplane is on the radio and F-Troop is on TV. It is 1967, and Larry Gopnik (Tony Award nominee Michael Stuhlbarg), a physics professor at a quiet Midwestern university, has just been informed by his wife Judith (Sari Lennick) that she is leaving him. She has fallen in love with one of his more pompous acquaintances, Sy Ableman (Fred Melamed), who seems to her a more substantial person than the feckless Larry. Larrys unemployable brother Arthur (Richard Kind) is sleeping on the couch, his son Danny (Aaron Wolff) is a discipline problem and a shirker at Hebrew school, and his daughter Sarah (Jessica McManus) is filching money from his wallet in order to save up for a nose job.
Finally, this trailer needs to be watched. It can’t be explained really. Just watch it.
The Men who stare at Goats (or in glorious quicktime… on Apple).