Dramedy: A down-on-his-luck, early 1960s era singer tries to make a living performing folk songs, all while dealing with an interesting array of people in his life.
It's 1961 and Llewyn Davis (OSCAR ISAAC) is a folk singer who routinely performs for small crowds at a Greenwich Village joint, the Gaslight Cafe, run by Pappi Corsicato (MAX CASELLA). Llewyn was once part of a folk music duo, but with his former partner now out of the picture, he's having a hard time selling records through his manager, Mel Novikoff (JERRY GRAYSON).
To make matters worse, fellow folk singer Jean (CAREY MULLIGAN) has angrily informed him that she's pregnant, but she doesn't know if that's by him or another singer who she's now seeing, Jim (JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE). And with yet another singer, Army grunt Troy Nelson (STARK SANDS) briefly staying at their place, Llewyn needs another place to crash.
Sometimes he stays with his Upper West Side professor friend, Mitch Gorfein (ETHAN PHILLIPS), and his wife, Lillian (ROBIN BARTLETT), and at others he crashes with his sister, Joy (JEANINE SERRALLES). Desperate for money, he'll take any gig he can get, even if that involves making a goofy record about JFK sending astronauts into space, something he records with Jim and Al Cody (ADAM DRIVER).
Hoping things might be better elsewhere, Llewyn hitches a ride with the larger than life Roland Turner (JOHN GOODMAN) and his mysterious driver, Johnny Five (GARRETT HEDLUND) to Chicago. Yet, Llewyn's prickly nature does him no favors despite his obvious talent performing folk music.
WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
If they're fans of movies made by the Coen Brothers, anyone in the cast, or movies about '60s era folk music, they might (but probably only older teens).
WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: R
For language including some sexual references.
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