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12/17/2011 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

"Raising Arizona" by Yojimbo

A childless ex con and his wife abduct the baby of a local celebrity but things become complicated when his escaped prison buddies show up on their doorstep with a demonic bounty hunter on their tail. Raising Arizona is the closest the Coen brothers have come to straight comedy and it has a lot of very funny moments, largely provided by the excellent supporting cast in the form of John Goodman's career criminal, Trey Wilson as the amusingly earthy Nathan Arizona and Sam MacMurray's hilariously awful family. It all seems a little slight compared to the more mature, sophisticated work the Coens have been responsible for since but there are plenty of laughs (the entire format of TV sitcom My Name Is Earl was pilfered from here) and it stands up as a fun offbeat comedy that makes great use of...

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07/26/2011 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Raising Arizona review

A story of a an ex-convict named H.I. McDunnough (wackily played by Nicolas Cage) and the police officer Edwina (zanily portrayed by Holly Hunter) who stole a baby from a rich family (Trey Wilson as the king of furniture tycoon Nathan Arizona) since they couldn’t create their own. The kidnapping of “Jr.” was gotten worse since 2 convicts who escaped namely Gale (John Goodman) and Evelle (William Forsythe) Snoats heard about the cash reward for returning the baby. The couple encounters many hurdles and adventures before realizing what they want from their marriage.

The film had its funny moments: Gale (John Goodman): “Everybody freeze. Everybody get down on the ground.” Old Man: “Well which is it young feller? You want me to freeze or get down on the ground? I mean to say If’n I f...

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08/02/2008 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Not very funny

"H.I." (Nicholas Cage), a convict who goes by the nickname "Hi", and his police officer wife (Holly Hunter), who he met while being booked on a robbery charge and courted during even more bookings on robbery charges, have been trying to have a baby. They soon learn that she can't have a baby.

They try the adoption route, with her appearing at the adoption agency in uniform, but they are denied because of "Hi's" huge criminal record. Soon after, the couple learn that a local businessman and his wife have just brought home a set of quintuplets, and because she wants to be a mother so bad they decide to take one of the children and raise the kid as their own.

I have heard a lot of good things over the years since this movie came out, and I have to disagree with what people have said ...

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