Raising Arizona
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Raising Arizona
Combining influences from Tex Avery cartoons to Sam Raimi horror movies to 1940s B-movies, Joel Coen and Ethan Coen followed up the stylish film noir of their debut, Blood Simple (1984), with this frantic screwball comedy. H.I. "Hi" McDonnough (Nicholas Cage) is a philosophical but slightly dim career criminal who has been arrested so often that he gets to know "Ed," short for Edwina (Holly Hunter), the officer who takes his mug shots. Hi takes a shine to Ed and promises to go straight if she marries him. She accepts, and they move to the Arizona desert, where Hi holds down… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 90%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Raising Arizona is no big deal, but it has a rambunctious charm."
‑ Pauline Kael, New Yorker
"While film is filled with many splendid touches and plenty of yocks, it often doesn't hold together as a coherent story."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"The immense joy of this is in the realization that, for all their precision, Joel and Ethan Coen are essentially comic barnstormers rather than frigid ironists"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"In a shrewdly calculated move to show their versatility, the Coens made this madcap comedy right after Blood Simple. If their debut was slow and spare, this one has breathneck pacing and hopping banter by terrific Holly Hunter and Nicolas Cage."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"The film is loaded with marvelous slapstick sequences and quirky character humor. While some viewers may find it too eccentric or too ready to make fun of blue collar America, most will find its comic surprises and unpredictable narrative to be most fulfi"
‑ Douglas Pratt, DVDLaser
"To their old fascination with Sunbelt pathology, to their side-winding Steadicam and pristine command of screen space, the Coens have added a robust humor, a plot that keeps outwitting expectations and a...dollop of sympathy for their forlorn kidnapers."
‑ Richard Corliss, TIME Magazine
"Starting from a point of delirious excess, the film leaps into dark and virtually uncharted territory to soar like a comet."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"Sharp, inventive and hilarious, with a marvellous cast of Coen regulars."
‑ , Film4
"This is one of the funniest things I've ever seen!"
‑ Clint Morris, Moviehole
"A highly original and funny film."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"The cartoon vision of southwestern tackiness doesn't cut very deep, but the mise-en-scene is packed with clever clutter."
‑ Pat Graham, Chicago Reader
"Like Blood Simple, it's full of technical expertise but has no life of its own."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"An entertaining, energetic, and stylish comedy about a simple but loving couple who long to be parents."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Raising Arizona... is an explosively clever and riotously funny exploration of fertility, homemaking, and the working class in the prisons and trailer parks of the desert southwest."
‑ Eric Meyerson, Filmcritic.com
"Nic Cage may never be better."
‑ Luke Y. Thompson, New Times
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