This movie slipped out of the Coen factory without much fanfare. Released not much more than 10-12 months after O Brother, this movie is not loud enough to escape the wake of O Brother.

The Coen's shoot the entire movie in black and white and it fits nicely with the noir style. It also fits nicely with some trademark Coen devices. Often in the Coen filmography, style and camera shoots carry much of the weight. Other Coen themes that show up in this movie: complicted plans going wrong (Fargo, Blood Simple, Big Lebowski), interesting side characters (Barton Fink, Millers Crossing), dissolved relationships (Raising Arizona, O Brother).

In fact, this movie would appear to have all the things necessary for the Coen's to cook up another great movie. It's not a great movie. It is a good movie.

Billy Bob Thornton is a barber who blackmails his wife's boss and lover for money to invest in dry cleaning. This is the "plan" and it obviously doesn't come together like an episode of the A*Team. The Coen's delight in this journey.

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