Burn After Reading. Laughing is good for you.

Yesterday we saw Burn After Reading,

the new Joel/Ethan Coen movie starring Tilda Swinton, George Clooney, Frances McDormand (who is married to Joel; I didn’t know that), John Malkovich and Richard Jenkins, whose name you might not recognize but you’ll know his face.

And Brad Pitt, who was obviously coached by one of his kids on how to play Chad Feldheimer, the silly character who works at the 24-hour Hard Bodies gym. Chad sympathizes with fellow employee Linda Litzke, played by Frances McDormand.

It’s Linda Litzke’s obsession with getting several cosmetic surgeries that push and shove the movie forward.

Which made me think: if all the Pitt-Jolie kids choose future acting careers, the Pitt-Jolie children could become the most powerful acting dynasty since the famous Barrymores.

Burn After Reading isn’t a crack-up. But it is smart & funny.

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1947 - 2010
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