The time is Summer 1967. Everyone is still clean-cut and living the American Dream. Centered around a tight-knit Jewish community in suburbia, Larry Gopnik (Michael Stuhlbarg) is a math professor going through the motions. When his wife, Judith (Sari Lennick), suddenly breaks the news of wanting a divorce and her bonding with neighbor Sy Ableman (Fred Melamed), Larry is stunned. Having to stay at the local motel for 'bachelors,' The Jolly Roger, he seeks to find truth in what has happened.
Overall, the film is gorgeous. It is shot in Coen Brothers fashion (think Fargo, No Country For Old Men, etc.) and humorously told in "Fargo" and Burn After Reading humor. If you haven't seen a movie by the Coen Brothers, their humor is dry, but not sarcastic, witty, but not overdone. Plot wise, it is also reminiscent of their other work, The Man Who Wasn't There.
Unfortunately, "A Serious Man" is only showing at two theaters in the metro-Atlanta area, Lefont Sandy Springs and the United Artists Tara Cinemas. However, you'll be in for a treat and the trip is very much worth while.
Running time: 1 hour, 45 minutes; Rated R for language, sexuality, and brief violence.