Comedy is a tricky art. It involves meticulous timing, clever writing, grand but believable situations, and the right performers to pull it off. And when comedy goes wrong, the result is often uncomfortable to watch. The Coen brothers have perfected the art of comedy, but even with their level of expertise, it is still very easy to make a misstep. While I think The LADYKILLERS is by no means a missed mark, I do think it treads closer to the precipice of disaster than their other comedies. This wavering level of quality is more due to audience expectations, however, than the quality of the film itself.