Raising Arizona

Joel & Ethan Coen | 1987 | ★★½
When he marries a local law-enforcement officer, a career criminal determines to go straight. However, when it becomes apparent that he and his new bride will be able to have kids neither naturally nor by way of adoption, his desperate wife convinces him to come out of retirement and kidnap one of the Arizona Quints – five children born to furniture tycoon Nathan Arizona. Still, with swingers and felons for friends, and a $25,000 reward put up for the baby’s return, keeping hold of the child proves a mighty task, in the Coens’ mildly entertaining piece of madcappery. Surprisingly amusing slapstick raises a few smiles and often proves laugh-out-loud funny, but an inconsistency of tone and pace and a somewhat misjudged score detract somewhat.