The Ladykillers is an interesting concoction - a faithful update of the original Ealing comedy cooked in vat of Coen Brothers' seasoning. Even though this is based on the 1955 British film of the same name, those unfamiliar with The Ladykillers' pedigree might mistake it for an original. It's an understandable error - The Ladykillers is at home with certain other Coen Brothers titles, namely Raising Arizona, The Hudsucker Proxy, The Big Lebowski, and Intolerable Cruelty. Although the plot closely tracks that of Alexander Mackendrick's original, many of the nuances, not to mention the funniest jokes, are pure Joel & Ethan Coen.
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