I have two thoughts on this script:
1 - It has several great moments, but...well, the story eluded me.
Critic Roger Ebert put it more eloquently:
I left the movie uncertain and unsatisfied....I had the sense of invention set adrift; of a series of bright ideas wondering why they had all been invited to the same film.2 - However, I did think this line of dialogue captures the complexity of the Southern language:
"The men head for the station, with Junior lagging.
PAPPY: Shake a leg, Junior! Thank God your mama died givin' birth - if she'd a seen ya she'd a died of shame..."
- The words are colorful.
- AND they are funny.
- AND on the surface, they seem to project feelings on to a 3rd person (mama).
- BUT they are really about the speaker's feelings (Pappy).
WHAT I'VE LEARNED: I find that Southern language is complex and sometimes contradictory because it's more INDIRECT.
ex. Pappy doesn't talk about his own feelings, while talking about his feelings.
O Brother Where Art Thou? (2000)by Joel Coen & Ethan Coen