O Brother, Where Art Thou?

Rated PG-13 106 minutes 2000

Who doesn't love musical theater? Only mean people, I'm guessing. Thus, in order to prove that you're not a mean person you should rush out and see O Brother Where Art Thou?, the first great musical of the 21st century. O Brother retells the story of Homer's Odyssey, only from the perspective of two guys who have never read the book. George Clooney stars as Ulysses Everett McGill (see, he's Ulysses), an escaped convict who travels across Depression-era Mississippi to get home to his wife Penny (get it?) who's being wooed by a suitor (see, like in The Odyssey). When the Coens aren't referencing The Odyssey they're exploring the culture of the old South or alluding to such classic films as Preston Sturges' Sullivan's Travels. Actually, they're usually doing all three at once, which makes the fact that they can do it in the midst of a musical number all the more amazing. And what's even more amazing is that most of the people who've seen O Brother don't even realize that they've seen a musical. Which is good, because, as I've found out, most people claim to hate musicals. Because most people are mean. Q.E.D.

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Official Site: studio.go.com/movies/obrother/index.html

Director: Joel Coen

Writer: Joel Coen and Ethan Coen

Producer: Ethan Coen, Tim Bevan, John Cameron, Eric Fellner and Robert Graf

Cast: George Clooney, John Turturro, Tim Nelson, John Goodman, Holly Hunter, Chris Thomas King, Charles Durning, Del Pentecost, Michael Badalucco, J.R. Horne, Brian Reddy, Wayne Duvall, Ed Gale, Ray McKinnon, Daniel Von Bargen, Royce D. Applegate, Frank Collison, Quinn Gasaway, Lee Weaver, Milford Fortenberry, Stephen Root, John Locke, Gillian Welch, A. Ray Ratliff, Mia Tate, Musetta Vander, Christy Taylor, April Hardcastle, Michael W. Finnell and Georgia Rae Rainer

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