A typical Coen brothers film involves double and triple crosses, murderous sociopaths (oftentimes with extraordinary hairstyles), sudden and gruesome death scenes, and other neo-noirish elements, with the action generally played out by an eclectic crew of Hollywood's most venerated thespians.

'A Serious Man' has none of the above.

It certainly is a black comedy with more dramatic elements than typical Coen fare -- but Joel and Ethan's latest is the least Coenish film they've turned in yet. Instead, 'A Serious Man' is a quiet film (with no marquee stars) about a troubled Jewish family in suburban Minnesota. A typical Coen brothers film involves double and triple crosses, murderous sociopaths (oftentimes with extraordinary hairstyles), sudden and gruesome death scenes, and other neo-noirish elements, with the action generally played out by an eclectic crew of Hollywood's most venerated thespians.

'A Serious Man' has none of the above.

It certainly is a black comedy with more dramatic elements than typical Coen fare -- but Joel and Ethan's latest is the least Coenish film they've turned in yet. Instead, 'A Serious Man' is a quiet film (with no marquee stars) about a troubled Jewish family in suburban Minnesota.

In a Moviefone exclusive -- the only on-camera interview granted by the fraternal film masters -- the Coens explain that while the film's setting is close to home, literally, 'A Serious Man' isn't necessarily a personal tale. They debunk reports that the protagonist (Michael Stuhlbarg) is closely based on their father. "Really the only similarity to our father is that our father was also a university professor," Joel says. "But he couldn't be more different, in many respects, than the character that Michael plays in the movie."

The writer-directors also discuss Lebowski Mania ("We're really as surprised as the next person – or more surprised") and the potential for sequels to two of their films – both involving John Turturro.

"We told John Turturro that we're going to do a sequel to 'Barton Fink' called 'Old Fink," Ethan says. "When he's old enough, because who wants to spend three hours in makeup every morning. It's going to be Barton Fink 25 years later."

As for more 'Lebowski'? "John actually agitates for us to do a spin-off movie of his character in 'The Big Lebowski,' all about Jesus, the bowler in the mauve jumpsuit," Ethan says. "But we've resisted that."

Keep the faith, Jesus fans.


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