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Raising Arizona

5

Nicolas Cage tries his hand at baby-napping

Joel and Ethan Coen avoided a sophomore slump by following Blood Simplewith a comedy about kidnapping.

Pitting wannabe parents Nicolas Cage and Holly Hunter against convicts, dogs and an apocalyptic biker, the Coens blow an unlikely premise into consistently funny shapes – remaining the benchmark for the whimsical end of their filmmaking spectrum. 

It’s also the most arthouse of anarchic comedies, as a system of holes, ladders and trailer parks map out a sly satire of upwards mobility in Reagan’s America.  

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