After the amusing prologue leading into the credits, the energy and novelty quickly begins to evaporate from this comedy by the Coen brothers.The concept of a baby kidnapping is small from the start point, and throughout the progress of the movie there is never any increase or expansion in the ideology. As a comedy it is quite broad, though at most times it remains very simplistic. That simplicity burdens the movie insofar as the basic repetition, the “recidivism” of the characters and comedy, only hold up as good as they are. In other words: it’s too simple. And repetition of almost anything conducts monotony, of which the inclusion of the anachronistic “wart hog from hell” merely causes petty annoyance. It’s like trying to play hot potato on a merry-go-round.
With Nicholas Cage, Holly Hunter and John Goodman.[Redeemable.]