First Brilliant Trailer for the Coen Brothers' A Serious Man

July 29, 2009
Source: Apple

A Serious Man Trailer

They just don't stop! The Coen Brothers are already back again with yet another black comedy, titled A Serious Man, following up their CIA black comedy Burn After Reading last year. Out of nowhere comes the first trailer for A Serious Man straight from Apple. Up-and-coming actor Michael Stuhlbarg stars in the lead role as well as funny man Richard Kind as his brother. You probably won't recognize too many people in this, which is probably a good thing. Considering it's the Coen Brothers, they've got some crazy, twisted, dark comedy up their sleeves, so why not let some incredibly talented unknown actors take center stage.

Watch the trailer for the Coen Brothers' A Serious Man:

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You can also watch the trailer for A Serious Man in High Definition on Apple

A black comedy set in 1967 and that centers on Larry Gopnik, a Midwestern professor who watches his life unravel when his wife prepares to leave him because his inept brother won't move out of the house.

A Serious Man is both written and directed by the brillaint Oscar winning filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen, of Blood Simple, Raising Arizona, Miller's Crossing, Fargo, The Big Lebowski, O Brother Where Art Thou?, No Country for Old Men, and Burn After Reading. This was shot last year in Minnesota after they finished Burn After Reading. Focus Features will be debuting A Serious Man in limited theaters on October 2nd.

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Caleb on Jul 29, 2009


"You're gonna be fine" you gotta love The Coen Bros! And why isn't "The Hudsucker Proxy" among their film history, Alex!? That film is wonderful! At least this trailer isn't like "Burn After Reading's" trailer, which makes it seem extremely laugh out comedy, then its really a chuckle out laugh really...I still loved it though!

Xerxex on Jul 29, 2009


I don't at understand how people were mislead by the trailer for 'BURN AFTER READING'. In no way did it lead me to believe that it would be a mainstream 'laugh out loud' comedy. That being said, let the Film Feed know what you thought of this trailer! Leave a voicemail at (310)668-1982 or an email at filmfeed[at]!

Will Schiffelbein on Jul 29, 2009


Well Will Schifflelbein it just seemed that way. Also I did laugh out loud to B.A.R and I found the entire plot and characters amazing. But the trailer DID make it seem like a laugh out loud comedy, which it was to me...hmmm.

Xerxex on Jul 29, 2009


When you need to list ALL of the films a director (or directors) have made in a trailer, that isn't always a good sign. If the Coen Bros names weren't anywhere to be found on this trailer, it would just look like another indie film I wouldn't bother renting.

Marty Martin on Jul 29, 2009


Looks radical.

whomever on Jul 29, 2009


i cant believe alex didnt mention BARTON FINK! easily in my top three favorite coen brothers films.

Betterchill on Jul 30, 2009


I've liked 2 movies of the Coen Brothers. Burn After Reading I just watched the other day, and I thought it was dumb. Everyone thought No Country For Old Men was great, but again, I thought that was horrible. Good up to a point, then just stunk. So I'm a bit apprehensive towards this. Didn't seem very interesting to me.

Sabes on Jul 30, 2009


Yeah... Uh... I guess it's an interesting concept for a trailer, but I really didn't "like" it much. But I will see it because the Coens have really only made one film I didn't like (BAR -- Which had a trailer which was MUCH better than the film itself). Can someone ID the Rabbi's assistant? She (her voice, mostly) seems very, very familiar.

Mark on Jul 30, 2009


Looks really funny, , and they still have a lot left to entertain me when I watch the actual film, not like a lot of trailers I've seen where I see the whole plot and all the funny parts.

Crapola on Jul 30, 2009


i wants serious movie = /

L1A on Jul 30, 2009


I like the trailer. I expect a crazy outcome.

kindbuddy on Jul 30, 2009


requiem for a dream anyone?

Shelby on Jul 30, 2009


first.........whoever came up with the idea (of having the sound of the guy getting his head beat against the wall being droned over most of the trailer) should be shot. that was STUPID. as far as the movie goes.......looks to be typical coen brothers - good, but not great. other than "burn after reading", i've fournd their movies to be very average.

dan on Jul 30, 2009


I don't know why, but this disturbed me. I may need a life coach now.

Quanah on Jul 30, 2009


Refreshing trailer. Dem Coen boyz are on fire!

Chidi on Jul 30, 2009


Seems odd that there's only one little glimpse of Richard Kind in the trailer.

Tex on Jul 30, 2009


I wouldn't be so bold to call this trailer brilliant. Interesting, though. What's those Coens cooking up this time?

Delvis on Jul 30, 2009


Looks like another winner to me. I will be seeing this one in the theater.

phlewf on Jul 30, 2009


looks like a disturbing and fun story

Dusty on Jul 30, 2009


What is with all these Coen bros haters? They are brilliant. I love how they use their characters to symbolize much larger topics. Javier Bardem, for example, as violence incarnate in No Country For Old Men was terrific. Anyone who says they are 'just average' clearly isn't seeing the deeper story lines. Anyway, this trailer WAS brilliant, whether you enjoyed it or not. You just have to be able to see the symbolism to appreciate it.

Jon Johnson on Jul 30, 2009


This is one of the worst trailers ever!!!!

movie mike on Jul 30, 2009


Their schtick is tired. When will they just go away . . .

roger mexico on Jul 30, 2009


#24: When you drop dead...:D

Roy on Jul 30, 2009


Off topic: but the trailer for Dorian Gray is out!

Fc on Jul 30, 2009


I love the Coen Brothers I was wondering where the news of this movie was PRETTY COOOOL trailer. Can't wait for more

-Peter- on Jul 30, 2009


i dig it. looks along the lines of a Lebowski type of film. which is the Cone Bro's best by far.

DoomCanoe on Jul 30, 2009


Shot last year in Minnesota, where the Coen Bros. are from! Represent!

Rabs on Jul 30, 2009


I'm always interested in the Coens' projects even though I've found the majority of their work to be just average. This movie still looks pretty interesting.

SlashBeast on Jul 30, 2009


I like how they didn't list all the shitty movies they've made.

sumonesumtime on Jul 30, 2009


clever trailer.

mon on Jul 30, 2009


That's one of the coolest and most original trailers I've ever seen. The Coens are amazing, and I can't wait to see this.

scm1000 on Jul 30, 2009


Looks like it could be good, but could also suck, not sure which yet.

Richard on Jul 30, 2009


Clever trailer, but I don't really know quite what this movie is going to be about, haha.

Andrew on Jul 31, 2009



jaja on Jul 31, 2009


This Coen pic looks promising...but that voice of the sec' of the rabbi at the end...?

David Banner on Jul 31, 2009


Good god this looks even worse than Burn After Reading, and I would've rather had a day filled with prostate exams and root canals than watching Burn After Reading.

Terry on Aug 2, 2009


That wasn't Michael Showalter?

Trace on Aug 2, 2009


That was an excellent trailer

d1rEct on Aug 5, 2009


I hated Burn After Reading, i enjoyed their other films, but this one.... im not so sure about

John on Aug 9, 2009


Agreed #37 hahaha

John on Aug 9, 2009


people, please do not diss what you clearly do not understand

Alex on Sep 9, 2009


@ 42 AAAnd you understand? Maybe in a world you live in but when you pull your head out of your ass and smell reality, things are suddenly not all that simple. Fucking dickhole!

Halla on Sep 11, 2009


The difference is that I am simply willing to discuss. Most of the naysayers here seem to reject the coens without trying to understand those who do find something in it or what is it they do find. I for example welcome those who praise movies like Mystic River and Benjamin Button which I do not like to try to see what can they see in these movies which I still havent been able to understand, though i can admit certain brilliancies in them when they have been shown. But looking at this, I just really disklike the bashing from those who do not at all (as seen through their comments) have an open attitude towards what is it that is actually speaking something to other people in those movies.

Alex on Sep 13, 2009


by the way, I (also from comments 42 and 44) am another alex, not the one from the article.

Alex on Sep 13, 2009


Larry Gopnick is asking the same from Hashem that was asked by Sheriff Ed Thomas Bell ( No Country ) and soundalike "Knight Antonius Block"  50 years earlier.   Dec 8 2011

Bob Driscoll on Dec 8, 2011

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