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IF YOUR NUMBER IS CHOSEN AS ONE OF THE WINNING NUMBERS...,
on 24 February 2014
Woody (Bruce Dern) lives in Billings, Montana. He is slightly senile and believes he has won the Clearinghouse Sweepstakes. He wants to go to Lincoln, Nebraska personally to claim his prize. In order to humor him, his son David (Will Forte) disrupts his own life to drive him to Lincoln. They pass through Hawthorne, Woody's old home town to meet his brother. The rest of the family shows up as do old friends. David ends up learning more about his family history than he really wanted to know.
Filmed in black and white, the film takes on the air of the past and of despair. Much of the humor consists of laughing at senility and David's disgust with the truth. The film isn't really funny or gritty. You wade through scenes that show local flavor such as a bunch of old men sitting quietly in front of a TV watching football, occasionally talking about a 1979 Buick.
While the film was well constructed and had all the proper bells and whistles, I just didn't find it overly entertaining Americana.
Parental Guide; F-bomb, No sex or nudity.