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Raising Arizona (1987)

Director:
Joel Coen

COUNTRY
USA

Genre
Comedy

NORWEGIAN TITLE
Arizona Junior

RUNNING TIME
94 minutes

Producer:
Ethan Coen
Screenwriters:
Joel Coen
Ethan Coen


Cast includes:

CHARACTER ACTOR/ACTRESS RATING
H. I. McDonnough Nicolas Cage
Edwina Holly Hunter
Nathan Arizona, Sr. Trey Wilson
Gale John Goodman
Evelle William Forsythe
Glen Sam McMurray
Dot Frances McDormand -
Leonard Smalls Randall "Tex" Cobb
Machine Shop Ear-bender M. Emmet Walsh -

 

Review

This perpetually wacky comedy views the world through the eyes of uneducated, simpleton southerners: everything is colourful, unpredictable and possible. It's meant to be a combined homage and mockery of said people and their surroundings, and it's superbly shot by the Brothers Coen, but it just ain't funny. At least not to this reviewer. The Coens are great observationalists, but not equally apt at writing pure narrative-driven comedy. So once the somewhat amusing characters are established and Raising Arizona is supposed to take you on an adventure, it keeps resorting to screams, smirch, and supposedly screwball antics for effect. Every reaction is amplified except my laughing. Nicolas Cage is onto something with a character that is more interesting than this picture gives him credit for.

Re-reviewed: Copyright 22.12.2021 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang
Original review: Copyright 02.04.1997 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang