Nebraska: A Movie Review

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Jan 052014

Nebraska Movie PosterNEBRASKA is the story of a father and son road trip, from Billings, Montana to Lincoln, Nebraska that gets waylaid at a small town in central Nebraska, where the father grew up and has scores to settle. Told with deadpan humor and a unique visual style, it’s ultimately the story of a son trying to get through to a father he doesn’t understand, and a father trying to finish his life.

In Theaters: November 15, 2013; MPAA Rating: R (for some language); Genres: Drama, Comedy; Distributors: Paramount Pictures

Director: Alexander Payne

Writer: Bob Nelson

Cast: Bruce Dern, Will Forte, Bob Odenkirk, Stacy Keach, June Squibb, Devin Ratray, Mary Louise Wilson, Rance Howard, Tim Driscoll

“Nebraska” stars Bruce Dern playing Woody Grant, a 77-year-old who lives in Billings, Montana. Woody’s received at Publisher’s Clearinghouse type sweepstakes mailing, and believes he’s won a million dollars. Not trusting the Post Office with a million dollars, Woody sets off to Billings. Unable to drive, we see Dern on foot, hoofing his way on the outskirts of Billings and on his way to Lincoln, Nebraska to claim his prize. It’s clear that the years have not been kind to Dern’s character Woody. An alcoholic with some obvious signs of dementia, Dern plays the character perfectly. Continue reading »