Thought Catalog

Coen Brothers

Han Solo and Princess Leia (Leslie Mann) have grown tired of their once-passionate love affair. Yet their two kids (Maude and Iris Apatow) won’t stop saying the most adorable things at the most inopportune times.

We met at that thing. It’s great to see you. How was that concert? … I bet! I’m so jealous. The Roots are pretty much my favorite live band too. Anyway, it seems like we’re moving from acquaintances to full-blown pals, and there are a few things you should probably know about me before this goes any further.

What makes A Serious Man so much more despairing than the Coens’ No Country For Old Men is that its mortal coil is wound tighter. Where No Country had the luxury of retirement, of throwing in the towel by choice, our serious man can only hope things end before they get worse…