Cinema: Rootless People RAISING ARIZONA

Directed by Joel Coen; Screenplay by Ethan Coen and Joel Coen

Three passions consume the roiling romantic soul of Herbert I. ("Hi") McDonnough (Nicolas Cage). He has a fondness, though not really much of a talent, for robbing convenience stores. He loves his wife Edwina (Holly Hunter), a police officer he met on his frequent vacations at the local prison. And he shares her desire to create little baby His and Eds. Says Hi, in the daft and plangent narration that sets the tone for this terrific comedy: "Every day we kept a child out of the world was a day he might later regret having missed."

Alas, as Hi mournfully notes,...