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28th May '13 7:13:07 AM Prfnoff
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->''As far as con men stories go,\\
I think I've heard them all:\\
Grifters, ropers, faro-fixers,\\
Tales drawn long and tall.\\
But if one bears a bookmark,\\
In the confidence man's tome,\\
It would be that of Penelope,\\
And of the Brothers Bloom.''
-->-- Part of the opening narration for ''The Brothers Bloom''

The second film of indie director Creator/RianJohnson (the first being the high school neo-noir classic ''{{Brick}}''), the Brothers Bloom is a caper film about two brothers who've worked together as con men for their entire lives. At the top of their game, the younger brother Bloom (Creator/AdrienBrody) finds himself increasingly reluctant to do shady deeds. His older brother Stephen (Mark Ruffalo) persuades him to do one last con, with eccentric heiress Penelope Stamp (RachelWeisz) as the mark. Naturally, Bloom falls head over heels [[InLoveWithTheMark in love with Penelope.]]

A classic caper film in many respects, the Brothers Bloom offers all the twists and turns you might expect. It also offers engaging characters, fantastically sharp dialogue (something of a Rian Johnson trademark), and some interesting examinations as to the nature of storytelling. Oh, and lots of scenery.
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!!This film provides examples of:
* ActionGirl: Bang-Bang, the "muscle" of the group, is a slender Asian woman who shows a proficiency with firearms and explosives.
* AirVentPassageway: Subverted and parodied. The escapee is foiled by the air vent traveling directly through the rooms of the building, instead of in the ceiling. The air vent then collapses as she falls into a room filled with cops (who were drawn there by the noise).
* AnachronismStew: The world of the film is charmingly timeless, featuring set and costume design evocative of eras from as early as the 1920's to modern times.
* BrickJoke: Penelope says near the beginning of the movie that whenever she sees someone doing something she likes, she learns how to do it. After spending half the movie with Bang Bang, she shows off her own new found skills with plastic explosives.
* BriefcaseFullOfMoney: Subverted. Stephen uses a cashier's check, and scoffs at the idea of a briefcase full of money, saying that only Russian mafia men and Hollywood spies use still use them. Later, a Russian mafioso indeed shows up with a briefcase full of money.
* TheCameo: Joseph Gordon-Levitt in the party scene... for no discernible reason. Also in the party scene are ''Brick'' alumni Noah Segan and Nora Zehetner.
* TheCastShowoff: RachelWeisz doing practically ''everything'', and Rinko Kikuchi gets a karaoke scene.
* [[ChekhovsBoomerang Chekhov's Boomerang]]:
--> '''Stephen''': [[spoiler:Tastes like tinfoil.]]
* TheCon: The name of the game.
* ConMan: The eponymous brothers.
* DeadpanSnarker: Bang-Bang. See FacialDialogue below.
** SilentSnarker: No, seriously. Go read FacialDialogue below then come back here. Trust us.
* EasterEgg: Much like in the DVD for ''{{Brick}}'', the Brothers Bloom DVD has an easter egg in the form of one of Rian Johnson's early short films, in this case a silent comedy in the style of Buster Keaton. To find it, put the cursor on languages (but don't select it), press left three times, and right once.
* [[EvenEvilHasStandards Even Con Men Have Standards]]: Up until the job with Penelope, the Brothers Bloom have never targeted women with their cons.
* FacialDialogue: Remember how we mentioned that Bang-Bang was a DeadpanSnarker? Yeah... she manages to do this using nothing but body language, facial expressions, and only three words of spoken dialogue. And one of these words is a ''{{Drink Order}}''!
* TheFixer: Stephen, the elder brother who plans all the cons. Not so much doing it for the money, as much as he just really wants to write a good story and make it real.
* {{Flopsy}}: How Bloom meets Penelope, in a marriage of the classic con and a deliberate invocation of {{Meet Cute}}.
* FunnyBackgroundEvent: Practically runs on this trope. The car, the palm tree, and...
-->"That's my new favorite camel."
* {{Foreshadowing}}: When Bloom and Stephen are talking about Penelope on the boat to Greece, Bloom mentions that she seems like a character Stephen created...
--> '''Stephen:'''[[spoiler: The day I con you is the day I die, Bloom.]]
** Further foreshadowing on the same point, when Bloom is telling Penelope about the brothers' (fake) smuggling background:
--> '''Bloom:'''[[spoiler: Sometimes, I think he'd love to die on a job.]]
* HatShop: Bloom's bowler compliments his kind, dependable personality, while Stephen's fedora represents his more headstrong tendencies.
* InLoveWithTheMark
* LastNameBasis: Bloom, for reasons unknown.
* LonelyRichKid: Penelope's life could be described by this trope. After the results of an allergy showed her to be allergic to pretty much everything, she was housebound for her childhood and adolescence. As it turns out, [[spoiler: she was actually just allergic to the aluminum alloy used for the test's needles.]]
* MadBomber: How do you think Bang-Bang got her name?
* TheMark: Penelope Stamp. Con men aren't supposed to fall InLoveWithTheMark, but this is RachelWeisz we're talking about.
* NiceHat: Bloom and Stephen have been wearing them since they were kids, and Penelope and Bang Bang seem to pick up the habit while travelling with them. This adds to the film's charmingly timeless style.
* OneLastJob: Stephen's promise to Bloom.
* PrecisionFStrike: The other two of Bang-Bang's three spoken words (other than the aforementioned DrinkOrder), is "Fuck me!" when they accidentally blow up part of the castle. Penelope's line, "I think you're constipated... in your ''fucking'' soul," could also count.
* RiddleForTheAges: We never find out what Penelope said to the police to get them to release her.
** There's also no way of knowing when Penelope figured out it was a con-job; her reference to the Melville story suggests she may have known from the beginning.
* TheRoper: Bloom, who begins to struggle with the emotional consequences of luring people in for the con.
* RustproofBlood: [[spoiler: Averted and lampshaded, becoming an important plot point]].
* {{Shotacon}}: Diamond Dog (in the worst possible way), although it's mostly subtext, and only becomes canon through the deleted scenes.
* ShoutOut: Stephen includes a shout-out to Herman Melville's ''Literature/TheConfidenceMan: A Masquerade'' in his con. It's implied that all of Stephen's cons, which he considers works of art, contain shout-outs.
* SilentBob: Bang-Bang is expressive enough to have largely evolved past the need to speak. Interestingly, the actress had previously played another mute character in ''Film/{{Babel}}''.
* StrangeGirl: Penelope embodies this trope.
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->''As far as con men stories go,\\
I think I've heard them all:\\
Grifters, ropers, faro-fixers,\\
Tales drawn long and tall.\\
But if one bears a bookmark,\\
In the confidence man's tome,\\
It would be that of Penelope,\\
And of the Brothers Bloom.''
-->-- Part of the opening narration for ''The Brothers Bloom''

The second film of indie director Creator/RianJohnson (the first being the high school neo-noir classic ''{{Brick}}''), the Brothers Bloom is a caper film about two brothers who've worked together as con men for their entire lives. At the top of their game, the younger brother Bloom (Creator/AdrienBrody) finds himself increasingly reluctant to do shady deeds. His older brother Stephen (Mark Ruffalo) persuades him to do one last con, with eccentric heiress Penelope Stamp (RachelWeisz) as the mark. Naturally, Bloom falls head over heels [[InLoveWithTheMark in love with Penelope.]]

A classic caper film in many respects, the Brothers Bloom offers all the twists and turns you might expect. It also offers engaging characters, fantastically sharp dialogue (something of a Rian Johnson trademark), and some interesting examinations as to the nature of storytelling. Oh, and lots of scenery.
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!!This film provides examples of:
* ActionGirl: Bang-Bang, the "muscle" of the group, is a slender Asian woman who shows a proficiency with firearms and explosives.
* AirVentPassageway: Subverted and parodied. The escapee is foiled by the air vent traveling directly through the rooms of the building, instead of in the ceiling. The air vent then collapses as she falls into a room filled with cops (who were drawn there by the noise).
* AnachronismStew: The world of the film is charmingly timeless, featuring set and costume design evocative of eras from as early as the 1920's to modern times.
* BrickJoke: Penelope says near the beginning of the movie that whenever she sees someone doing something she likes, she learns how to do it. After spending half the movie with Bang Bang, she shows off her own new found skills with plastic explosives.
* BriefcaseFullOfMoney: Subverted. Stephen uses a cashier's check, and scoffs at the idea of a briefcase full of money, saying that only Russian mafia men and Hollywood spies use still use them. Later, a Russian mafioso indeed shows up with a briefcase full of money.
* TheCameo: Joseph Gordon-Levitt in the party scene... for no discernible reason. Also in the party scene are ''Brick'' alumni Noah Segan and Nora Zehetner.
* TheCastShowoff: RachelWeisz doing practically ''everything'', and Rinko Kikuchi gets a karaoke scene.
* [[ChekhovsBoomerang Chekhov's Boomerang]]:
--> '''Stephen''': [[spoiler:Tastes like tinfoil.]]
* TheCon: The name of the game.
* ConMan: The eponymous brothers.
* DeadpanSnarker: Bang-Bang. See FacialDialogue below.
** SilentSnarker: No, seriously. Go read FacialDialogue below then come back here. Trust us.
* EasterEgg: Much like in the DVD for ''{{Brick}}'', the Brothers Bloom DVD has an easter egg in the form of one of Rian Johnson's early short films, in this case a silent comedy in the style of Buster Keaton. To find it, put the cursor on languages (but don't select it), press left three times, and right once.
* [[EvenEvilHasStandards Even Con Men Have Standards]]: Up until the job with Penelope, the Brothers Bloom have never targeted women with their cons.
* FacialDialogue: Remember how we mentioned that Bang-Bang was a DeadpanSnarker? Yeah... she manages to do this using nothing but body language, facial expressions, and only three words of spoken dialogue. And one of these words is a ''{{Drink Order}}''!
* TheFixer: Stephen, the elder brother who plans all the cons. Not so much doing it for the money, as much as he just really wants to write a good story and make it real.
* {{Flopsy}}: How Bloom meets Penelope, in a marriage of the classic con and a deliberate invocation of {{Meet Cute}}.
* FunnyBackgroundEvent: Practically runs on this trope. The car, the palm tree, and...
-->"That's my new favorite camel."
* {{Foreshadowing}}: When Bloom and Stephen are talking about Penelope on the boat to Greece, Bloom mentions that she seems like a character Stephen created...
--> '''Stephen:'''[[spoiler: The day I con you is the day I die, Bloom.]]
** Further foreshadowing on the same point, when Bloom is telling Penelope about the brothers' (fake) smuggling background:
--> '''Bloom:'''[[spoiler: Sometimes, I think he'd love to die on a job.]]
* HatShop: Bloom's bowler compliments his kind, dependable personality, while Stephen's fedora represents his more headstrong tendencies.
* InLoveWithTheMark
* LastNameBasis: Bloom, for reasons unknown.
* LonelyRichKid: Penelope's life could be described by this trope. After the results of an allergy showed her to be allergic to pretty much everything, she was housebound for her childhood and adolescence. As it turns out, [[spoiler: she was actually just allergic to the aluminum alloy used for the test's needles.]]
* MadBomber: How do you think Bang-Bang got her name?
* TheMark: Penelope Stamp. Con men aren't supposed to fall InLoveWithTheMark, but this is RachelWeisz we're talking about.
* NiceHat: Bloom and Stephen have been wearing them since they were kids, and Penelope and Bang Bang seem to pick up the habit while travelling with them. This adds to the film's charmingly timeless style.
* OneLastJob: Stephen's promise to Bloom.
* PrecisionFStrike: The other two of Bang-Bang's three spoken words (other than the aforementioned DrinkOrder), is "Fuck me!" when they accidentally blow up part of the castle. Penelope's line, "I think you're constipated... in your ''fucking'' soul," could also count.
* RiddleForTheAges: We never find out what Penelope said to the police to get them to release her.
** There's also no way of knowing when Penelope figured out it was a con-job; her reference to the Melville story suggests she may have known from the beginning.
* TheRoper: Bloom, who begins to struggle with the emotional consequences of luring people in for the con.
* RustproofBlood: [[spoiler: Averted and lampshaded, becoming an important plot point]].
* {{Shotacon}}: Diamond Dog (in the worst possible way), although it's mostly subtext, and only becomes canon through the deleted scenes.
* ShoutOut: Stephen includes a shout-out to Herman Melville's ''Literature/TheConfidenceMan: A Masquerade'' in his con. It's implied that all of Stephen's cons, which he considers works of art, contain shout-outs.
* SilentBob: Bang-Bang is expressive enough to have largely evolved past the need to speak. Interestingly, the actress had previously played another mute character in ''Film/{{Babel}}''.
* StrangeGirl: Penelope embodies this trope.
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1st May '13 3:26:16 AM Antwan
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-->-- Part of the opening narration for the Brothers Bloom

The second film of indie director Creator/RianJohnson (the first being the high school neo-noir classic ''{{Brick}}''), the Brothers Bloom is a caper film about two brothers who've worked together as con men for their entire lives. At the top of their game, the younger brother Bloom (AdrienBrody) finds himself increasingly reluctant to do shady deeds. His older brother Stephen (Mark Ruffalo) persuades him to do one last con, with eccentric heiress Penelope Stamp (RachelWeisz) as the mark. Naturally, Bloom falls head over heels [[InLoveWithTheMark in love with Penelope.]]

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-->-- Part of the opening narration for the ''The Brothers Bloom

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The second film of indie director Creator/RianJohnson (the first being the high school neo-noir classic ''{{Brick}}''), the Brothers Bloom is a caper film about two brothers who've worked together as con men for their entire lives. At the top of their game, the younger brother Bloom (AdrienBrody) (Creator/AdrienBrody) finds himself increasingly reluctant to do shady deeds. His older brother Stephen (Mark Ruffalo) persuades him to do one last con, with eccentric heiress Penelope Stamp (RachelWeisz) as the mark. Naturally, Bloom falls head over heels [[InLoveWithTheMark in love with Penelope.]]
1st May '13 3:25:49 AM Antwan
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27th Mar '13 9:13:47 PM Xtifr
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* ShoutOut: Stephen includes a shout-out to Herman Melville's ''[[TheConfidenceMan The Confidence-Man: A Masquerade]]'' in his con. It's implied that all of Stephen's cons, which he considers works of art, contain shout-outs.

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* ShoutOut: Stephen includes a shout-out to Herman Melville's ''[[TheConfidenceMan The Confidence-Man: ''Literature/TheConfidenceMan: A Masquerade]]'' Masquerade'' in his con. It's implied that all of Stephen's cons, which he considers works of art, contain shout-outs.
16th Feb '13 8:06:58 AM Boxen
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The second film of indie director Rian Johnson (the first being the high school neo-noir classic ''{{Brick}}''), the Brothers Bloom is a caper film about two brothers who've worked together as con men for their entire lives. At the top of their game, the younger brother Bloom (AdrienBrody) finds himself increasingly reluctant to do shady deeds. His older brother Stephen (Mark Ruffalo) persuades him to do one last con, with eccentric heiress Penelope Stamp (RachelWeisz) as the mark. Naturally, Bloom falls head over heels [[InLoveWithTheMark in love with Penelope.]]

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The second film of indie director Rian Johnson Creator/RianJohnson (the first being the high school neo-noir classic ''{{Brick}}''), the Brothers Bloom is a caper film about two brothers who've worked together as con men for their entire lives. At the top of their game, the younger brother Bloom (AdrienBrody) finds himself increasingly reluctant to do shady deeds. His older brother Stephen (Mark Ruffalo) persuades him to do one last con, with eccentric heiress Penelope Stamp (RachelWeisz) as the mark. Naturally, Bloom falls head over heels [[InLoveWithTheMark in love with Penelope.]]
9th Feb '13 5:14:41 PM MickeyMoose
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** SilentSnarker: No, seriously. Go read FacialDialogue below then come back here. Trust us.
1st Dec '12 7:56:51 AM Earnest
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The second film of indie director Rian Johnson (the first being the high school neo-noir classic ''{{Brick}}''), the Brothers Bloom is a caper film about two brothers who've worked together as con men for their entire lives. At the top of their game, the younger brother Bloom (AdrienBrody) finds himself increasingly reluctant to do shady deeds. His older brother Stephen (Mark Ruffalo) persuades him to do one last con, with eccentric heiress Penelope Stamp (RachelWeisz) as the mark. Naturally, Bloom falls head over heels in love with Penelope.

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The second film of indie director Rian Johnson (the first being the high school neo-noir classic ''{{Brick}}''), the Brothers Bloom is a caper film about two brothers who've worked together as con men for their entire lives. At the top of their game, the younger brother Bloom (AdrienBrody) finds himself increasingly reluctant to do shady deeds. His older brother Stephen (Mark Ruffalo) persuades him to do one last con, with eccentric heiress Penelope Stamp (RachelWeisz) as the mark. Naturally, Bloom falls head over heels [[InLoveWithTheMark in love with Penelope.
Penelope.]]



* InLoveWithTheMark



* TheMark: Penelope Stamp. Con men aren't supposed to fall in love with TheMark, but this is RachelWeisz we're talking about.

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* TheMark: Penelope Stamp. Con men aren't supposed to fall in love with TheMark, InLoveWithTheMark, but this is RachelWeisz we're talking about.
29th Oct '12 11:29:32 PM rdz809
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*LastNameBasis: Bloom, for reasons unknown.
3rd Oct '12 7:07:49 AM JRPictures
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* SilentBob: Bang-Bang is expressive enough to have largely evolved past the need to speak. Interestingly, the actress had previously played another mute character in ''{{Babel}}''.

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* SilentBob: Bang-Bang is expressive enough to have largely evolved past the need to speak. Interestingly, the actress had previously played another mute character in ''{{Babel}}''.''Film/{{Babel}}''.
26th Sep '12 5:47:56 AM JRPictures
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The second film of indie director Rian Johnson (the first being the high school neo-noir classic ''{{Brick}}''), the Brothers Bloom is a caper film about two brothers who've worked together as con men for their entire lives. At the top of their game, the younger brother Bloom (AdrienBrody) finds himself increasingly reluctant to do shady deeds. His older brother Stephen (MarkRuffalo) persuades him to do one last con, with eccentric heiress Penelope Stamp (RachelWeisz) as the mark. Naturally, Bloom falls head over heels in love with Penelope.

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The second film of indie director Rian Johnson (the first being the high school neo-noir classic ''{{Brick}}''), the Brothers Bloom is a caper film about two brothers who've worked together as con men for their entire lives. At the top of their game, the younger brother Bloom (AdrienBrody) finds himself increasingly reluctant to do shady deeds. His older brother Stephen (MarkRuffalo) (Mark Ruffalo) persuades him to do one last con, with eccentric heiress Penelope Stamp (RachelWeisz) as the mark. Naturally, Bloom falls head over heels in love with Penelope.
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