Burn after Reading (2008)

Burn after Reading (2008)
  • Time: 96 min
  • Genre: Comedy | Crime | Drama
  • Directors: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen
  • Cast: George Clooney, Frances McDormand, John Malkovich, Brad Pitt, Tilda Swinton


Osbourne Cox, a Balkan expert, is fired at the CIA, so he begins a memoir. His wife wants a divorce and expects her lover, Harry, a philandering State Department marshal, to leave his wife. A diskette falls out of a gym bag at a Georgetown fitness center. Two employees there try to turn it into cash: Linda, who wants money for elective surgery, and Chad, an amiable goof. Information on the disc leads them to Osbourne who rejects their sales pitch; then they visit the Russian embassy. To sweeten the pot, they decide they need more of Osbourne’s secrets. Meanwhile, Linda’s boss likes her, and Harry’s wife leaves for a book tour. All roads lead to Osbourne’s house.

One comment

  • I have no clue what this movie is about. Some things happen, then some more things happen, then something else happens, all with no real point or goal. I don’t know who are the critics for these movies, but compared to other movies it did not deserve its rating. It is also classified as a comedy but it did not have a single funny moment. Just disappointing for the cast it has. My advice is to not go watch the movie for its cast. Please, don’t waste your time, it’s a terrible story! Joel Coen and Ethan Coen are good directors but they had a terrible idea to make this movie…

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