Inside Llewyn Davis

Rated R (MPAA) 105 min. 2013

Like everyone else this holiday season, Llewyn Davis is a total dick---the chief difference being he’s got a guitar and no fixed address. He’s knocked up Jean (Carey Mulligan, in a delightful, swears-laden appearance), he doesn’t have any money, he’s a burden on all of his friends and he can’t even scrounge up a winter coat. On the plus side? He’s a great songwriter and beautiful singer and he’s bumming around Greenwich Village in the 1960s, when his brand of unadorned, confessional folk music is becoming a whole thing. Inside Llewyn Davis is written and directed by the Coen brothers, and it benefits from their typical distant tone---the east coast winter feels extra cold, Llewyn’s arrogance feels extra unearned. It’s a slice-of-life film featuring wonderful folk compositions---though its best scene is a recording of novelty jam “Please Mr. Kennedy” with Justin Timberlake and national treasure Adam Driver---and Oscar Isaacs, as Llewyn, takes the starring opportunity and runs with it. Will remind you of people you know, and not in a good way. —Tara Thorne

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Official Site: www.insidellewyndavis.com

Director: Ethan Coen and Joel Coen

Writer: Joel Coen

Producer: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen and Scott Rudin

Cast: Oscar Isaac, Carey Mulligan, John Goodman, Garrett Hedlund, Justin Timberlake, F. Murray Abraham, Adam Driver, Max Casella, Ricardo Cordero and Ethan Phillips

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