1 hour, 36 minutes
R Restricted. Under 17 Requires Accompanying Adult.
for pervasive language, some sexual content and violence.
DVD Features: Finding the Burn - The Making of Burn After Reading; ; DC Insiders Run Amock - An all-star cast creates the world of Washington, DC, insiders all trying to get ahead or find true love.; Welcome Back, George - This comedy piece features Clooney as he returns for his third collaboration with Ethan and Joel.
George Clooney ... Harry Pfarrer
Frances McDormand ... Linda Litzke
Brad Pitt ... Chad Feldheimer
John Malkovich ... Osborne Cox
Tilda Swinton ... Katie Cox
Richard Jenkins ... Ted Treffon
David Rasche ... CIA Officer
J.K. Simmons ... CIA Superior
| It all begins in an overcrowded Washington, D.C, fitness club - "Hardbodies" where Linda Litzke
(Frances McDormand "Fargo") works alongside her moronic but guileless
Feldheimer (Brad Pitt "Fight Club"). When the unscrupulous pair find a
disc containing the "classified" memoirs of irate, alcoholic CIA agent
Osborne Cox (John Malkovich "In the Line of Fire"), they devise a
scheme. Meanwhile, Cox's cold, calculating British wife Katie
(Tilda Swinton "Michael Clayton") is having an affair with Harry
Pfarrer (George Clooney "The Perfect Storm"), a married federal marshall, who also manages to bed any number of women he meets online, including Linda. He does this
more out of distraction than through any lack of affection for his own
wife Sandy (Elizabeth Marvel "The Dying Gaul"), who's always out of town promoting her latest children's book.
The hilarious script written and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen (No
Country for Old Men") was apparently conceived with just this cast in
mind, and it really works. Brad Pitt is perfect as the airhead,
gym instructor and George Clooney gets an equally comic workout as a
guy with a mania for running, dildos and quality flooring and who
is so dim-witted and sex-obssessed that he doesn't even realize that
he's in love with his
wife. Frances McDormand is equally wacky as a not-so-young single woman
in the dating scene and pinning all her hopes on cosmetic surgery. And
although John Malkovich and Tilda Swinton are both typecast, they are
still riotously funny as is JK Simmons ("Juno") as a CIA chief.
The big joke is that while the plot of "Burn After Reading" keeps
turning in on itself, with ludicrous revelations and several surprises,
nothing much really happens. Mostly, this is a fast-paced, goofy,
screwball comedy about infidelity and divorce, not really about
government secrets and red alerts.