A Serious Man- The Coen Brothers is a prestigious name in film. The moment you connect their name with a movie you know that it will be a winner. They have evolved from making flicks that connect with the mere funny bone like The Big Lebowski and Burn After Reading, to creating others that seem to connect to the human soul like No Country for Old Men, and now this new one. A Serious Man is a hard film to describe. The plot follows no real path, but in the long run it doesn't have to. The film starts off with a short, Yiddish folktale, which does a great job of setting a tone for the movie. The real story deals with father Larry Gopnik (Michael Stuhlbarg) and his family as he deals with a failing marriage, troublesome kids, his brother who is living with him, and his job as a college physics teacher. His world seems to be falling down around him. A Serious Man is an original and intense yet funny film that deals with a wide spectrum of things including religion, family, morals, teen behavior and much more. The Gopnik family is a Jewish family, so all of the religion stuff deals with Judaism. I do not know a lot about this religion, so this movie seemed very Jewish to me if you will. I feel that sometimes the Coen Brothers were poking fun at the religion by making some things, like the way they talk, over-the-top. Much of the film feels almost sarcastic, which makes it very funny. Mind you all of the humor in this movie is very dark. This may be considered a comedy, but trust me, you don't want to sit down with this one when you are looking for a stupid laugh. It is way too deep for that. A Serious Man brings up the question of how to be a truly good person, or as the title suggests, a serious man. In part of the film Larry is tempted by his neighbor, who is out sunbathing. It creates a scene that seems to be taken directly from 2 Samuel 11, where David sees the sunbather. It is here and in other situations throughout the film that Larry has to make a choice. This creates another question, "How will our actions determine our judgment?" This is answered with style by the Coen brothers in the climax of the film. Near the end of the movie Larry's son just finishes his Bar Mitzvah, and he gets the opportunity to talk to the head rabbai. It is here that he learns to the answer to all of the questions asked in the movie. It is short and simple, and I am not going to tell you in this review. I know that many people will despise the abrupt ending of this movie, but I could not have ever in my life picked something more beautiful and thought provoking. It feels much like the end to their other film, No Country for Old Men. While the credits roll, all you can do is stare at the screen, wondering what just happened. Now before I forget, I need to tip my hat to the great performance provided by Michael Stuhlbarg. He does an amazing job depicting the poor, everyday man, while all of the other acting is also great. A Serious Man is an imaginative and intense movie filled with some incredible performances and dark comedy. It brings up problems people face everyday with style and executes with precision. By the time the last shot fades away, you will know you have seen a movie that is different from any other in a long time.