Raising Arizona (1987)

1h 34m / PG-13 / Comedy

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The Coen brothers remain maybe the best argument for disregarding auteur theory. Who’s more primarily in control of a movie—the director? The screenwriter? Of course it’s both, working in harmony, and no pair has produced a more distinctive and genius body of work over a longer period than Joel & Ethan Coen. Raising Arizona proved that their first major movie, Blood Simple, wasn’t a fluke; their instinct for comedy and hilarious character work was just as sharp as their feel for simmering noir drama. Nicholas Cage is a bumbling criminal who wants to go straight and start a family with his doting wife (Holly Hunter), and his felonious buddies (a standout performance by John Goodman) tempt him back to shenanigans with a way to solve both problems at once. A perfect film for Father’s Day (if your Dad has a good sense of humor), it’s full of awful people you love watch being awful, and it still feels as fresh and funny as the day it came out.

Immediately after the film, USF film professor Harriet Deer will lead a short discussion of Raising Arizona and an audience Q&A. The session is included with film admission.

Doors and bar open at 2:00pm

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