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O Brother, Where Art Thou? This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

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     “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” is a rollicking movie that will keep you laughing until the end as it pulls you through its hilarious plot.

Set in rural Mississippi in the 1930s, this is a humorous epic tale of three escaped prisoners who journey to find a treasure that one of them, Everett McGill (George Clooney), hid before he was arrested. They must retrieve the treasure before the city is flooded to create a new dam. On their adventure, they meet many bizarre characters and end up in impossible situations. As Everett says, “We’re in a tight spot!”

From racism to baptism, they have strange encounters with the Ku Klux Klan, a one-eyed Bible salesman, three seductive women, and a bank robber. The boys even get a taste of fame performing as singers in a group named the Soggy Bottom Boys. Throughout their journey, they are trying to stay one step ahead of the law.

“O Brother, Where Art Thou?” is a modern-day version of Homer’s “The Odyssey.” Comical references to the great epic occur throughout the movie. True to its source, the travelers meet three sirens and a brutal cyclops. The main actors, Clooney, John Turturro, and Tim Blake Nelson, are very talented and give perfect performances.

Directed and written by Joel and Ethan Coen, this movie is definitely worth seeing. From robbing banks to being turned into a toad, there is never a dull moment. The soundtrack is also something I recommend. This movie, rated PG-13, is truly worth seeing. So, “C’mon in boys, the water is fine.”

This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. This piece has been published in Teen Ink’s monthly print magazine.




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