There's something special about this movie. If some of Nic Cage's best work doesn't sell you on it, John Goodman's chronic awesomeness should really bring it home for you. True to form, the Coen brothers prove to be masters of endearing terrible people to an audience. This kidnapping romp that pokes fun at the southwest manages to keep a light tone while presenting substantial comedy throughout.
Complete with birth allegories, juxtaposition of imagery, and wild hijinx, Raising Arizona has all the makings of an effortless goofball comedy, but all the finesse of indy cinema. The laughs are earned, the story is creative, and the characters are endearingly outlandish. Definitely a must watch to brighten up a gloomy day.