Not the first time I've seen it, but the first time with my seven-year-old son. I had forgotten a lot of the subtelies. What a pleasure to watch this again. It also gave me an easy entry into some conversations with my son, particularly about racism. He laughed, cried and thoroughly enjoyed it as well.
I hadn't realized that the inspiration for this movie had been Homer's, "The Odyssey." That puts a whole different spin on a movie about dim-witted escaped cons, as well as their charming leader - Clooney.
Suave and fancy-talking Everett Ulysses McGill (George Clooney), dim-witted Delmar (Tim Blake Nelson), and easily-excitable Pete (John Turturro) are serving time together on a prison chain gang. Everett knows where $1.2 million is hidden that's theirs for the taking, and the three manage to escape; however, a stranger soon warns them that they'll find treasure, but not the sort they're looking for. As Everett and his partners hit the road, they happen upon a gluttonous bible salesman, Big Dan Teague (John Goodman); meet up with Baby Face Nelson (Michael Badalucco) as he robs a bank; encounter three Sirens doing their washing; run into Everett's estranged wife Penny (Holly Hunter), who has told everyone her husband was killed in a train wreck; find themselves in the middle of a heated campaign between political boss Pappy O'Daniel (Charles Durning), and reformist candidate Homer Stokes (Wayne Duvall); and even find time to make a hit record as The Soggy Bottom Boys.
Give it a shot - the music is catchy, too.