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Raising Arizona

action & adventure, comedy

When a childless couple consisting of an ex-con and an ex-cop decide to help themselves to one of another family's quintupelets, their lives get more complicated than they anticipated.

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common sense

ON for kids age 14
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
3 out of 5
3 out of 5
Positive messages
0 out of 5
3 out of 5
3 out of 5

A hysterically twisted film. Mature teens only.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that the main characters in this movie are kidnappers and convicts. A kidnapped baby is and taken into perilous situations throughout, such as car chases, bank robberies, gunfights and the like. One character is a bounty hunter of sorts who blows up a rabbit with a hand grenade for fun. Nothing is terribly graphic in the movie, and it is all played for comedic value.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about what makes this movie funny. Kidnappings and bounty-hunters aren't usually treated so lightly -- why are they funny here? Can you think of other movies that make light of usually serious subject matter? Where do you draw the line between offbeat and truly tasteless territory?

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3 stars

"If I'm as bad as you, what good are we? What good are we to each other? You and me's just a fool's paradise." I do enjoy it when the Coens get quirky. Raising Arizona isnt quite the homespun quirkiness of Fargo (which I loved), the paranoia-fueled quirkiness of Burn After Reading (which I loved), the southern-fried quirkiness of 'O Brother Where Art Thou, or the combination of bowling and WTF-level awesomeness and quirkiness that was The Big Lebowski. But, it has more than enough of it's own unique brand of quirkiness to spare, and it's a pretty funny movie as a result. I'll admit that I'm not much of a Nick Cage fan, but in movies like this and Kick-Ass where he gets to be over-the-top and zany, I think it works. He and Holly Hunter are the stars of the movie, and there desire to have a child and their (mis)adventures when they get one, kept me interested the entire time. And they're balanced quite well by the supporting roles of John Goodman, Sam McMurray, Trey Wilson, and William Forsythe. Raising Arizona is unique in a way that Coen fans have come to expect, and while I don't put it the top of their work, I find it difficult to believe that many Coen fans will be disappointed by it. Check it out.

- lewiskendell, Wednesday, November 10, 2010

4 stars

The scene with John Goodman and William Forsythe emerging from the ground is still one of my favorite scenes in movie history.

- Godless, Wednesday, July 7, 2010

5 stars

There's really nothing bad you can say about it, this is about as flawless as comedies get. Combined with a unique story, characters and vision; there are very few comedies that hold such legitimate weight. Nicolas Cage and Holly Hunter are so perfect together, making all of the humor come incredibly natural and fun. Trailer Trash rarely ever gets as much respect or effort put into it, Joel Coen should be praised for making them look as good as they do. Even though it wasn't necessary, this has a great visual style and makes it more than just a typical romantic comedy.

- ythelastman89, Saturday, June 12, 2010