O Brother, Where Art Thou?

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Don’t walk — run to the nearest theater to see one of the funniest art films of the year, O Brother, Where Art Thou? This movie is set in the 1930’s when three prisoners decide to escape from a chain gang in Mississippi. The leader, Ulysses Everett McGill (George Clooney) tells the two guys he’s chained to that he knows where 1.2 million dollars is buried and he needs to retrieve it within the next few weeks. Of course, Pete and Delmar (the two simpletons chained to Everett) like the sound of all that money and they “tag” along. When they attempt to jump onto a moving train, well, the Three Stooges come to mind. Eventually, they free themselves of their chains and meet a black man with a guitar who claims he sold his soul to the devil to become famous. They name themselves the Soggy Bottom Boys, stumble into a radio station where they meet a blind disc jockey, and manage to sing a song over the radio. The song is an instant hit and climbs to the top of the charts but the guys never know it. They’re busy getting involved with a crazy bank robber, a crooked bible salesman, and even the Klu Klux Klan. Just when they are about out of options, the Soggy Bottom Boys sing their famous song at the Governor’s inauguration and much to their surprise, they are celebrities. This is a fantastic film with an original story line, superb acting, and a fabulous sound track of American folk music. I especially liked the blind radio announcer, the blind train car operator, and the half-blind bible salesman. These are occupations I can fall back on if I don’t make it as a movie critic. I highly recommend this movie and give it an A rating.

This movie has been given a PG-13 rating by the MPAA