Righteous Gemstones

Extortion: The Coens know that nothing keeps a plot moving like extortion, except for its close relatives, blackmail and kidnapping. Such demands are essential to many Coen Brothers films, including The Big LebowskiFargo, and Hail Caesar! Blackmail also provides the main motivation for Jesse Gemstone (McBride), who quickly enlists his brother Kelvin (Adam Devine) and sister Judy (Edi Patterson).

The parking-lot blackmail scene in the Righteous Gemstones’ pilot recalls the failed motorbike payoff sequence in Lebowski, but on the Gemstones, everything goes even more violently wrong. We go from zero to No Country for Old Men very fast, thanks to a Range Rover in reverse.

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