O Brother, Where Art Thou?
With their collective eye focused on retrieving a cache of hidden money, three convicts break out of jail in Depression-era Mississippi and embark on an epic journey that bears more than a few similarities to Homer's Odyssey.
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- This movie is
- DVD and Blu-ray
- 2001 Golden Globe Awards
- Best Actor in a Motion Picture (Musical or Comedy)
- Best Motion Picture (Musical or Comedy) nominee
- 2001 Academy Award®
- Best Writing Adapted Screenplay nominee
- Best Cinematography nominee
YesLanguage and sound
English: Dolby Digital 5.1, English: DTS 5.1 SurroundOther features
Color; region 1 encoding; interactive menus; scene access; interviews with the Coen brothers and major cast members; "Painting With Pixels," digital post-production process featurette; script to storyboard to final scene comparison; "I Am A Man Of Constant Sorrow" music video; making of; trailer; closed captioned.
English SDH, French, Spanish (Neutral)Closed captioned
NoLanguage and sound
English: DTS 5.1 HD, Spanish (Neutral): Dolby Digital 2.0 StereoOther features
Color; interactive menus; scene access.
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Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that this comedy with its outlandish characters, infectious musical score, and slapstick action sequences has multiple levels of appeal. As for issues of concern for teens -- there are lots of swear words ("son-of-a-bitch," "hell's bells," "whore, and "Goddamnit"), many racial slurs ("nigras," "crackers," "darkies"), and a mind-bending Ku Klux Klan musical sequence. Characters (and a few animals) are frequently in jeopardy: trapped in a burning barn, beaten with a tree branch, threatened with hanging, shot at, chased, and more. The racial satire may provoke questions about the United States' history of racism that parents should be prepared to discuss.
- Sexual Content
- In one scene, mythical sirens dressed in very little clothing beckon the heroes and begin a seduction which concludes off-camera.
- All action is exaggerated and cartoonish. Characters fall out of a train; get trapped in a burning barn, crash through a wall of fire, engage in fist fights, and are involved in numerous vehicle accidents. The heroes are fired at with an automatic rifle, whacked in the head with a tree branch, whipped, threatened with hanging, and forced to rob a bank. The Ku Klux Klan captures an African-American musician and drags him toward a noose. A villain squashes a toad in his bare hand.
- Frequent swearing and harsh language throughout. Multiple uses of: "damn," "Goddamnit," "son-of-a-bitch" (also pronounced "sumbitch"), "hell," "whore," "ass," "fornicate," "Jesus." Ethnic slurs are heard often: "colored," "nigra," "darkies," "Jews," "crackers," etc.
- Social Behavior
- This film reminds viewers that nostalgia cannot be used to conceal the truth. What appears to be a comic, light-hearted look at the U.S. South almost a century ago in fact uses satire and irony to reveal the deep-seated racism, corruption, and amorality rampant at that time and in that place.
- Not applicable
- Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol
- One character chews a cigar. A flask that may contain alcohol is passed.
- Age appropriate
- Not an issue
- Depends on your kid and your family
- Not appropriate for kids of the age most likely to want to see it