Burn After Reading won't win another Best Picture Oscar for The Coen Brothers. No Country for Old Men, it is not.
But this is a fun ride, as you might expect from any film that stars Brad Pitt and George Clooney. Not to mention Frances McDormand, John Malkovich and Tilda Swinton.
While certain developements in the plot may seem contrived, movie goers should be focusing on the performances and tone on screen, as opposed to the cohisiveness of the story.
There's one especially humorous scene, for example Malkovich - as a caustic CIA analyst - gets summarily fired. He retreats to write a tell-all memoir at home and drinks... heavily. From there, Swinton's character aims to divorce him... assuming she can get her lover (played by Clooney) to leave his wife.
Every character in the movie is eccentric and every actor riffs on his or her screen persona. They're just having fun.
Fortuneately for the audience, it's the entertaining type of Ocean's Eleven fun, not the obnoxious type from Ocean's Twelve.