A Serious Man

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  • Genre(s): Comedy Drama
  • Release year: 2009
  • Running time: 106 min
A Serious Man is the story of an ordinary man's 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 (Michael Stuhlbarg), a physics professor at a quiet Midwestern university,... read more
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A Serious Man is the story of an ordinary man's 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 (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 colleagues, Sy Ableman (Fred Melamed), who seems to her a more substantial person than the feckless Larry. Larry's unemployable brother Arthur (Richard Kind) is sleeping on the couch, his son Danny (Aaron Wolf) 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. While his wife and Sy Ableman blithely make new domestic arrangements, and his brother becomes more and more of a burden, an anonymous hostile letter-writer is trying to sabotage Larry's chances for tenure at the university. Also, a graduate student seems to be trying to bribe him for a passing grade while at the same time threatening to sue him for defamation. Plus, the beautiful woman next door torments him by sunbathing nude. Struggling for equilibrium, Larry seeks advice from three different rabbis. Can anyone help him cope with his afflictions and become a righteous person, a mensch, a serious man?

Original Release

10/02/2009

US Release

10/02/2009

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Cast

Richard Kind Uncle Arthur / Uncle Arthur Gopnik
Michael Stuhlbarg Larry Gopnik / Lawrence 'Larry' Gopnik
Sari Lennick Judith Gopnik
Fred Melamed Sy Ableman
Aaron Wolff Danny Gopnik
Jessica McManus Sarah Gopnik
Adam Arkin Divorce Lawyer / Don Milgram
George Wyner Rabbi Nachtner
Peter Breitmayer Mr. Brandt
Brent Braunschweig Mitch Brandt
(see additional cast & crew)

Directors

Ethan Coen, Joel Coen

Writers

Joel Coen, Ethan Coen

Cast

Richard Kind Uncle Arthur / Uncle Arthur Gopnik
Michael Stuhlbarg Larry Gopnik / Lawrence 'Larry' Gopnik
Sari Lennick Judith Gopnik
Fred Melamed Sy Ableman
Aaron Wolff Danny Gopnik
Jessica McManus Sarah Gopnik
Adam Arkin Divorce Lawyer / Don Milgram
George Wyner Rabbi Nachtner
Peter Breitmayer Mr. Brandt
Brent Braunschweig Mitch Brandt
David Kang Clive Park
Benjamin Portnoe Danny's Reefer Buddy
Jon Kaminski Jr. Mike Fagle
Ari Hoptman Arlen Finkle
Alan Mandell Rabbi Marshak
Amy Landecker Mrs. Samsky / Mrs. Vivienne Samsky
Simon Helberg Rabbi Scott / Rabbi Scott Ginsler
Katherine Borowitz Friend at the Picnic / Mimi Nudell
Steve Park Clive's Father
Landyn Banx Physics Student

Producers

Tim Bevan Executive Producer
Eric Fellner Executive Producer
Robert Graf Executive Producer
Ethan Coen Producer
Joel Coen Producer

Editors

Ethan Coen, Joel Coen

2010 Oscar Best Motion Picture of the Year Nominated
2010 Oscar Best Writing, Original Screenplay Nominated
2010 Golden Globe Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical Nominated
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