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    Default people with granola for brain/0ff-center/sophisticated/ ironic take on

    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to help me to interpret the expressions in bold in the following excerpt from an entertainment news?

    Five middle-aged people with granola for brains and the maturity of 13-year-olds get themselves into big trouble over very little in this tragicomedy by the always off-center Joel and Ethan Coen ("No Country for Old Men," R, 2007).

    Still, this film is best reserved for those 17 and older. Young people with a more sophisticated view will better tune into the film's stylized portrayal of stupidity and self-absorption, and its ironic take on how "real life" and the secret world of spies exist side-by-side yet don't quite understand each other.

    people with granola for brains = brainless
    off-center (a) = eccentric, queer, odd,
    sophisticated (a) = refined, cultivated, experienced, complicated, worldly, counterfeit, perverted
    take on = ?

    I cauth the meaning of the expression “ironic take on” but I came round to the opinion that there is something wrong here.
    If “take on” is a verb so “ironic” have to be “ironically”.

    Thank you for your efforts.

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    V.
    Last edited by vil; 12-Sep-2008 at 12:20.

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    Default Re: people with granola for brain/0ff-center/sophisticated/ ironic take on

    It is "an [ironic take] on something". "Take" here is the noun with the meaning of : a distinct or personal point of view, outlook, or assessment.

    Your other suggestions are fine.

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    Default Re: people with granola for brain/0ff-center/sophisticated/ ironic take on

    Quote Originally Posted by vil View Post
    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to help me to interpret the expression in bold in the following excerpt from an entertainment news?

    Five middle-aged people with granola for brains and the maturity of 13-year-olds get themselves into big trouble over very little in this tragicomedy by the always off-center Joel and Ethan Coen ("No Country for Old Men," R, 2007).

    Still, this film is best reserved for those 17 and older. Young people with a more sophisticated view will better tune into the film's stylized portrayal of stupidity and self-absorption, and its ironic take on how "real life" and the secret world of spies exist side-by-side yet don't quite understand each other.

    people with granola for brains = brainless
    off-center (a) = eccentric, queer, odd,
    sophisticated (a) = refined, cultivated, experienced, complicated, worldly, counterfeit, perverted
    take on = ?

    I cauth the meaning of the expression “ironic take on” but I came round to the opinion that there is something wrong here.
    If “take on” is a verb so “ironic” have to be “ironically”.

    Thank you for your efforts.

    Regards,

    V.
    "take" here means "interpretation, view, opinion".
    For example:
    "What's your take on the expressions in bold?"

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