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After receiving a sweepstakes letter in the mail, a cantankerous father (Bruce Dern) thinks he's struck it rich, and wrangles his son (Will Forte) into taking a road trip to claim the fortune. Shot in black and white across four states, Nebraska tells the stories of family life in the heartland of America.
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It's not easy to say where the power of this movie resides. Bruce Dern gives a totally convincing performance as a stubborn, failing old man, but the movie can hardly be said to be a character study, for Woody is beyond development or self-expression. Always a man of few words (we're told by other characters), he has fewer now that he is failing. There's pathos in this, and there's a sense of how difficult it must be to live with and care for such a person. Woody's wife, Kate (June Squibb), has a point when she asks her son who is concerned about his father, "What about me?Read more ›
It opens with a shot of a bandy-legged, bony-faced old man with a ragged halo of white hair, ambling along the side of a freeway near, as we find out, the town of Billings, Montana.
Turns out he thinks he`s won a million on a lottery scam, so naturally he takes to the road - to Lincoln, Nebraska - to claim his prize. This doesn`t make his wife or his two sons too happy. In the end, one of them, Davie (played with a wonderful restraint by Will Forte) agrees to drive his dad, whom everyone calls Woody, the many miles to Lincoln.
A road movie!
Well, yes, but this one`s shot in gorgeous black-and-white, and manages mostly to avoid the cliches and pitfalls of the many `young man and his dad bonding on the road` movies - though not all of them: director Alexander Payne (whose superb Sideways was a very different kind of road movie) isn`t perfect, though his film comes close.
Bruce Dern, looking like a startled, irascible, ravenous old buzzard much of the time, has found, at the age of 77, the role of his career. He plays Woody without a trace of sentimentality (he`s had plenty of practice over the last fifty years, after all) and the merest hint of a twinkle in the eye when required.
June Squibb is superb as his small, outspoken and equally irritable wife, who joins them on the road.
Most of this moving and at times very funny film takes place in a small town I have no hesitation in calling Nowheresville, Nebraska. A lot of the state is bleak and unpoulated (like most of the States, in fact) and Hawthorne exemplifies the kind of place you might go to die or possibly to kill someone, more likely the latter. The whole town looks terminally closed - apart from the one or two rundown bars.Read more ›
Several comments: first and foremost, this film is a love letter and ode to the Midwest, and Nebraska in particular, from director Alexander Payne, himself a native Cornhusker. But beware, the film is drenched in nostalgia, if not melancholy, as life in small town America seems to have lost a step or two along the way, take a look at (fictional) Hawthorne, NE, with its run-down main street and widespread unemployment.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excellent film. Had me laughing crying cringing and cheering. Bruce Dern is amazing. And I agree with the person who said look out for the graveyard scene... HilariousPublished 3 months ago by Trashlymam
Right from the start I knew where this was going and my profetia proved to be right.It tried to be funny and clever but failed miserably. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Nice_Lieutenant
I loved this film, it's a nice road trip but don't expect fast pace or too many unexpected twists. My girlfriend said it was depressing but I thought the story between the father... Read morePublished 5 months ago by E. Swift
Subtle humour, sometimes quite dark and perfect for a quiet afternoon dealing with sicknessPublished 5 months ago by Pottermagic
I wouldn't recommend the film, but the blu-ray itself was great qualityPublished 6 months ago by Matt Garrard