Raising Arizona

1987 "Their lawless years are behind them. Their child-rearing years lay ahead..."
7.3| 1h34m| PG-13| en| More Info
Released: 01 March 1987 Released
Producted By: 20th Century Fox
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When a childless couple of an ex-con and an ex-cop decide to help themselves to one of another family's quintuplets, their lives become more complicated than they anticipated.


Comedy, Crime

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Joel Coen, Ethan Coen

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GurlyIamBeach Instant Favorite.
CrawlerChunky In truth, there is barely enough story here to make a film.
Forumrxes Yo, there's no way for me to review this film without saying, take your *insert ethnicity + "ass" here* to see this film,like now. You have to see it in order to know what you're really messing with.
Mathilde the Guild Although I seem to have had higher expectations than I thought, the movie is super entertaining.
Floated2 Raising Arizona has been hailed as a classic comedy film by the Coen Brothers, for in part of their comedic deliver and tone. The film has a different and older feel about it, in which the comedy is for a required taste. Raising Arizona isn't as funny as it has been claimed, with a bizarre and unrealistic plot. Overall the film doesn't deliver in what it has been praised upon and at most points is lacking in substance and overall not too enjoyable or engaging. The acting and visuals are solid but not feeling the hype the film has received.
Cihan Yildirim Drama, comedy, thriller, fantasy, well acting, well scenario surprising.I am very surprised having watched that kind of a movie including some of the best actors on earth. It could easily be spoiled with some bad acting but surprisingly, everything goes well and the movie keeps its pace for 2 hours.Surprise final as well..As a father, it impressed me deeply by its end.Thank you Coen Brothers.
Josh Larson This might be the best movie the Coen Brothers have done, and they have done some great ones. This is definitely Nick Cage's best movie, and he has done some really bad ones, this is not one of them. The Coen Brothers walk the line of humor and darkness so brilliantly. This might be the darkest story they have told, but is probably one of the lighter comedies they have done. In reality this is a story of a child kidnapping by a pathetic ex-con who can't do anything right, but in typical Coen Brother's fashion, it feels absolutely light hearted.
framptonhollis The Coen Brothers are normally known for being the creators of very dark films-even when they're primarily comedies, they will almost always be a dark comedy. However, "Raising Arizona" is a little bit different. It definitely contains a few of the Coen Brothers' typical trademarks, but it is much more lighthearted and joyous in nature. Don't get me wrong, there are a few dark moments, but I do not believe that any of the Coen's other films have nearly as much heart as this film.This is a very entertaining and funny movie. While not every single joke works entirely, and most of the humor manages to be very slapsticky, there are still plenty of moments of absolute hilarity. Certain comedic scenes seem like they are going to be somewhat cliché, but the Coen's manage to surprise and startle with their brilliant and inventive comedy. The film is also shot beautifully, which is yet another of the Coen's trademarks. Every single film of theirs that I have seen is visually stunning (especially "The Hudsucker Proxy", the only Coen Brothers film that I can say has nearly as much heart as this one), and "Raising Arizona" is no exception. Some of the visuals are surprisingly surreal, and the use of wide angle lens increases the bizarre comedic tone.The performances are also awesome. Although it is easy to laugh at Nicolas Cage and say that he is a silly, over the top actor, this film proves that he has quite a bit of talent. The rest of the cast is great as well, especially John Goodman, who provides the funniest performance in the movie by FAR. There are also wonderful performances from the likes of Holly Hunter, Frances McDormand, Sam McMurray, William Forsythe, and M. Emmet Walsh (who I happily recognized was from an all time Coen's classic "Blood Simple"), who has a very brief role but is excellent regardless.If there is any Coen Brothers film that you should show to your family, it is definitely this one. Although it does have dark and violent moments, it has enough heart and humor to make it an overall feel good classic.