A snowy night in a European town and an introduction to a dybbuk is how the movie begins. You are then plunged into the sorry life of Larry Gopnik, who is a physicist struggling for tenure while in the middle of divorce proceedings. There are quirky scenarios typical of a Coen brothers film like that of Larry dealing with a Chinese student who could be bribing him. Throw in a few more interesting fringe characters like Larry's brother who is writing a "probability map of the universe" and you have a regular Coen brother offering. And there in lies the problem; it is just regular!
Rating: * *