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      Raising Arizona

      PG-13 Now Playing 1 hr. 33 min. Comedy List
      91% 65 Reviews Tomatometer 85% 50,000+ Ratings Audience Score An ex-con and an ex-cop meet, marry and long for a child of their own. When it is discovered that Hi is unable to have children they decide to snatch a baby. They try to keep their crime a secret, while friends, co-workers and a bounty hunter look to use the child for their own purposes. Read More Read Less Now in Theaters Now Playing Buy Tickets

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      A terrifically original, eccentric screwball comedy, Raising Arizona may not be the Coens' most disciplined movie, but it's one of their most purely entertaining.

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      Audience Member The Coen Brothers direct Nicholas Cage and Holly Hunter This is a fast-paced farce about an unlikely pair who go to extreme lengths to have a child When an incompetent robber marries a policewoman after he gets out, they discover that they are infertile In order to appease his wife's longings for a child, the man steals one of a set of quintuplets, but mayhem ensues when the child's rich father sends a rabbit-shooting bounty hunter after the kidnappers The Arizona's (the couple that had the several babies) own the biggest furniture sales With one of their children missing is it really up to Hi and Ed to raise it or will they change their minds and call it off? A very short screwball comedy about a couple desperate for a family even if it's not theirs It's purely entertaining especially with the wacky chases involved about this infant You can still feel sympathetic for these forlorn kidnappers A funny and accessible entry by the Coens but still quite introspective Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 03/19/24 Full Review John S Dumb plot and movie for southerners Rated 1.5 out of 5 stars 02/13/24 Full Review Some Guy F The reviews of this movie really overstate it's quality. It's a mid-tier Coen Brothers movie. There's a reason Looney Toons run for about 10 minutes, eventually the thin plots overstay their welcome and don't offer much of a reason for the ridiculousness to continue. It's not that long of a movie and rushes through bits, but I think it should be even more rushed. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/05/24 Full Review Nunya B I was in high school when I rented this on VHS. For me, it defines the "cult comedy" genre. Perfectly odd. Classically corny. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 12/01/23 Full Review Teddy B A cynical, heartfelt, intelligent, and sympathetic comedy that finds its strength in the Coen Brothers' unique direction that ties the film together for an extremely sweet ending as well as a wholesomely winsome and charming movie altogether. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 11/28/23 Full Review Jason W Too many adjectives to describe how awesome this movie is. All performances are wonderful. For me this is the best Coen brothers movie. Simply put : this is one of the finest comedies ever made. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 11/25/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Peter Keough Chicago Reader Coens have not achieved the maturity needed to appreciate the vision of a Capra or Sturges, and their gifts are too rich and deep for the likes of Heckle and Jeckle. Rated: 2/4 May 9, 2022 Full Review Pauline Kael New Yorker Raising Arizona is no big deal, but it has a rambunctious charm. Jan 14, 2013 Full Review Richard Corliss TIME Magazine To their old fascination with Sunbelt pathology, to their side-winding Steadicam and pristine command of screen space, the Coens have added a robust humor, a plot that keeps outwitting expectations and a...dollop of sympathy for their forlorn kidnapers. Mar 13, 2009 Full Review Cory Woodroof For the Win (USA Today) It’s a joyous satire about what it takes to raise a baby in a chaotic world and a slick crime caper with unforgettable characters and quirks. Feb 22, 2024 Full Review Danielle Solzman Solzy at the Movies Two features into their career, Raising Arizona shows that the Coens are as effective with comedies as they were with neo-noir. Rated: 4/5 Feb 7, 2024 Full Review Josh Slater-Williams Vague Visages A distinct calling card for their more overtly comedic instincts; a frenetic farce that combines slapstick sensibilities and giddy playfulness with the English language... Nov 14, 2023 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Synopsis An ex-con and an ex-cop meet, marry and long for a child of their own. When it is discovered that Hi is unable to have children they decide to snatch a baby. They try to keep their crime a secret, while friends, co-workers and a bounty hunter look to use the child for their own purposes.
      Director
      Joel Coen
      Executive Producer
      James Jacks
      Screenwriter
      Ethan Coen, Joel Coen
      Distributor
      20th Century Fox
      Production Co
      Circle Films, Inc.
      Rating
      PG-13
      Genre
      Comedy
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Mar 1, 1987, Wide
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Sep 2, 2014
      Box Office (Gross USA)
      $21.1M
      Sound Mix
      Surround, Dolby Stereo
      Aspect Ratio
      Flat (1.85:1)
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