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O Brother, Where Art Thou?

2000: dir. Joel Coen, George Clooney, John Turturro, Tim Blake Nelson, John Goodman, Holly Hunter

Review by Erin Amar

George Clooney has pretty, pretty eyes. I'm sure that everyone who has ever met George Clooney has told him this. 'You know George, you sure do have some pretty eyes' they say. In case you have somehow avoided seeing George Clooney's pretty pretty eyes let me describe them for you, they are very dark brown and fringed with almost girlishly long lashes. Some people say that he has eyes like a wounded puppy dog. I saw his Mother on David Letterman once and it's obvious he got his eyes from her which also are very very pretty. Is she Greek? I don't really know.

Anyway the point of me telling you all about George Clooney's pretty pretty eyes is that it sort of explains why Clooney won a Golden Globe for his thoroughly middling performance in O Brother Where Art Thou? His character, which he seems to wish to play as a Cary Grant type didn't have to be played that way, but since Clooney is not one-eighteenth so cool as Cary Grant it just underscores how puerile his attempt is.

As for the rest of the movie, which charts the career of 'XX and the Soggy Bottom Boys' as they break out of jail, become criminals and ascend to hillbilly music stardom based on their (awfully appealing) single recorded to just make ends meet is awfully charming. Not as good as Coen Brothers films like Fargo or Raising Arizona but inbued with the same down homey whimsy and swell guest star appearances by Holly Hunter and John Goodman. And did I say that John Turturro and other guy rule? Oh yes.

But as for Clooney, just keep looking at his pretty pretty eyes and you won't be disappointed.