Editor's Note: This film screening has been cancelled due to low ticket sales.
Humans are the exception to the rule of large numbers. If you roll a die enough times, the number of rolls resulting in one approaches the number of rolls resulting two, three, four, and so on. But as just about everyone has observed, life isn't fair and some people are just plain lucky.
Now picture a scenario in which you've kidnapped a baby. You've been chased by bounty hunters, surrounded by crooks, and ultimately caught by the child's parents--and you somehow manage to get away scot-free. Life isn't like a roll of the dice; life is chaos.
Leave it to the Coen Brothers to imagine such a scenario, call it Raising Arizona, and bring it to the big screen in all its hilarity. Hi (Nicholas Cage) is a recidivist. Ed(wina) (Holly Hunter) is a cop. When they get hitched, they discover Ed is infertile and they hatch a plan that shouldn't work: They'll kidnap one of the sons of a local furniture baron and raise him as their own.
After absconding with the child, Hi and Ed crash into Hi's escaped prison buddies, Hi's new employer discovers the couple's secret and a bounty hunter gets hot on everyone's trail.
Boise Classic Movies is presenting the comedy as part of its Coen Brothers series. To find out how Hi and Ed's situation ends in their stolen baby becoming a football star and how Hi's employer gets his due, check out Raising Arizona on Saturday, Jan. 12, at 7 p.m. Tickets are $11.