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All their lives, brothers Stephen (Ruffalo) and Bloom (Brody) have perfected the fine art of the con. Now they’re ready for one last spectacular score—luring Penelope (Weisz), an eccentric heiress, into an elaborate scheme that takes them around the world. Watch as writer/director Rian Johnson’s (Brick) caper unravels in this brilliant, comedic tale.

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  • Actors: Rachel Weisz, Mark Ruffalo
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Summit Inc/Lionsgate
  • DVD Release Date: January 12, 2010
  • Run Time: 113 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (138 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002J1RZHE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,539 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Customer Reviews

Good movie, fun to watch.
Amazon Customer
I LOVED this movie, yes it does a lot of different things but to me, that is what makes it stand out from being a tired rehash of the same old plot lines.
Kelsey M. Gilmer
This movie is very well written and acted.
Mary Fanthorpe

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

Format: DVD
Whimsical, sentimental, colorful, and both funny and awkward, THE BROTHERS BLOOM is original in its context and characters even if the plot itself is relatively predictable. The tale of two brothers who learn at an early age their skill at pulling off confidence schemes (all in the film's well designed and funny first 10 minutes). They continue to run cons into their early thirties when Bloom (Brody), the younger of the two, is faced with a bit of a quarter-life-crisis and decides to quit conning alongside his older brother Stephen (Mark Ruffalo). Of course he returns on the premise of helping Stephen carry off 'one last job,' the most glaringly cliched element in the entire film. All is forgiven however as the cast of characters unfolds, and director Rian Johnson rolls out more story arc. We meet Bang Bang (Rinko Kikuchi), a semi-mute Asian woman with a penchant for blowing things to pieces and Penelope Stamp (Rachel Weisz), a billionaire heiress & collector of strange hobbies. Weisz is convincingly awkward, funny, intelligent, and ultimately lovable. Weisz, Brody, and Ruffalo give good performances but are still all outclassed by Rinko Kikuchi's portrayal of Bang Bang. She communicates much with few to no words. She is the master of the subtle facial expression and she singlehandedly raised this film from 3 stars to 4 for this viewer.

Rian Johnson's directorial style resembles Wes Anderson's, but with more of a penchant for sweetness. THE BROTHERS BLOOM is littered with sentimental twists, moments, and visuals. Johnson's craft is still developing, with his this, his sophomore effort, falling slightly short of his wonderful first film Brick.
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25 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Trevor Dawson on August 5, 2009
For all people who love the beauty of awkwardness and a wonderful dialogue between characters, this movie is for you. The humor and charm of the first half of the film is only made more enjoyable by the heartfelt latter half. Enchanting performances by all particularly the short appearances of The Brothers in their youth, though Brody, Weiss, Ruffalo, and Kikuchi all deserve acclaim.
For some reason movie critics tanked this gem, but the people who went to see it tend toward rave review. Perhaps the critics weren't paid for a positive opinion in a timely manner, or maybe they just can't let themselves enjoy a piece of cinema that isn't some crappy Hollywood remake. See with friends, and I hope you enjoy it as I did.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Scott W. Talbert on March 5, 2011
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This is a fun little film. The idea that a story of control and bigger issues was written around a con is a interesting story line. The movie itself is a cute con with fake endings and lots of fun. It does take on some life issues. Is your life being controlled by someone who loves you or do you enjoy the freedom and pain of writing your own script. The idea that the writer of the script (older controlling brother) having to die to free his brother is intriguing. I am sure deeper stuff is present in this movie and a thoughtful person can have loads of fun just trying to pick up the angles in the picture. It is just a fun movie more than all. The "mark" is well played by a zany Rachel Weiz. Brody and Ruffalo do a great job too.
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Whimsical, sentimental, colorful, and both funny and awkward, THE BROTHERS BLOOM is original in its context and characters even if the plot itself is relatively predictable. The tale of two brothers who learn at an early age their skill at pulling off confidence schemes (all in the film's well designed and funny first 10 minutes). They continue to run cons into their early thirties when Bloom (Brody), the younger of the two, is faced with a bit of a quarter-life-crisis and decides to quit conning alongside his older brother Stephen (Mark Ruffalo). Of course he returns on the premise of helping Stephen carry off 'one last job,' the most glaringly cliched element in the entire film. All is forgiven however as the cast of characters unfolds, and director Rian Johnson rolls out more story arc. We meet Bang Bang (Rinko Kikuchi), a semi-mute Asian woman with a penchant for blowing things to pieces and Penelope Stamp (Rachel Weisz), a billionaire heiress & collector of strange hobbies. Weisz is convincingly awkward, funny, intelligent, and ultimately lovable. Weisz, Brody, and Ruffalo give good performances but are still all outclassed by Rinko Kikuchi's portrayal of Bang Bang. She communicates much with few to no words. She is the master of the subtle facial expression and she singlehandedly raised this film from 3 stars to 4 for this viewer.

Rian Johnson's directorial style resembles Wes Anderson's, but with more of a penchant for sweetness. THE BROTHERS BLOOM is littered with sentimental twists, moments, and visuals. Johnson's craft is still developing, with his this, his sophomore effort, falling slightly short of his wonderful first film Brick.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mad Max TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 15, 2009
This film was absolutely charming, full of irony and nuance. Adrien Brody and Mark Ruffalo play brothers who are con men, and get caught up in a complex scenario of double-crosses.

Going into the film, I was very much expecting something like the The Darjeeling Limited, also starring Adrien Brody, or The Royal Tenenbaums. However, while this film had a similar dark and dry humor, it was much faster paced, and had a very unique flair.

Adrien Brody was genius, as usual. Brody had me glued to the screen in every scene, but in the end, I actually felt that Rian Johnson didn't utilize Brody as much as he could have. Rachel Weisz gave, in my opinion, one of the best performance of her career (probably just as good, if not better, than her performance in The Fountain). This role allowed her to explore a unique, funny, and complex character. And though I initially thought it was odd to pair Mark Ruffalo with these two, he did a very decent job.

The film was, for the most part, a comedy. Lots of laughs. But it also asks some deeper questions about life, some tragedy and irony, and it was a very fun exercise in character development.

I actually didn't care much for Rian Johnson's previous film (Brick), but I would LOVE to see more Brothers Bloom! Perhaps a prequel, or a cast reunion movie. Brothers Bloom was not without its problems (I believed, for example, the intro sequence and story background was a bit too long). But I don't hesitate giving it a full 5-stars. Definitely in my top 10 list for 2009.
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