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Most films starring Keanu Reeves or Cameron Diaz are a safe bet for a big
Hollywood blockbuster. This one stars both, yet is a rather low-profile
affair which many poeple won't have heard of. Ironically, Reeves gives one
of the best performances of his career because he isn't asked to play a
one-dimensional man of action. Diaz is eye-opening too, as a foul-mouthed
girl trapped in a dead-end existence.
The story tells of a young, aimless ex-con named Jacks Clayton (Reeves) who returns to the uninviting Minnesota town of his birth at the request of his mother (Tuesday Weld). She wants him there for the wedding of his elder brother Sam (Vincent D'Onofrio). However, when Jacks arrives he realises straight away that there's something rather fishy about the wedding. It turns out that Sam's bride Freddy (Diaz) has no desire to get married at all (she's only doing it because a nasty local gangster has bullied her into it). Before the wedding party is even over, Jacks has had sex with Freddy in the toilets; before the week is out, the pair have eloped intending to start over in Las Vegas. Suffice to say, Sam is pretty annoyed by what young Jacks has done....
Feeling Minnesota is a gritty, occasionally funny drama which benefits from its unfamiliar setting. Within its own admittedly twisted logic, the film's odd narrative works reasonably well. However, the characters are so amoral that it becomes hard to care what happens to any of them - including the supposed hero Jacks (who would make a fitting bad guy in most other pictures). The amount of coarse language is rather jarring too. You don't need to find swearing offensive to notice it, but if coarse language does bother you then it's safe to say that you'll be offended by the quantity of it in this film. The plot twists and turns in a very unpredictable manner, and makes for an interesting - if not entirely believable - experience.
Watching this movie on running trait in all the characters stood out,
quirkiness. The strange slightly surreal and offbeat tone of the film was
quite reminiscent of Tarantino's work. I loved this film, and thought the
little laughs hidden in the film made me like it. I watched this with a
couple of friends, they too liked it, but we each noticed and laughed at
I also loved the constant twists and turns and changes to the dynamic of the story. It starts out as Freddy paying back a debt but changes into an affair on the road, then finding some stashed money, hiding from the cops, then hiding a murder and so on. Oddly despite all of these twists and turns I never got lost but was glued to my screen figuring out who's with who and who's looking out for who.
The fights between the two brothers, Sam (Vince D'Onofrio) and Jjax(Keanu Reeves) are some of the funniest things i have ever seen on screen. Reeves put in a good performance as a bumbling crook and D'Onofrio carries himself well as his childish brother. The ever angelic Diaz puts in a good show too. Lindo and Akroyd raised a few smiles too.
Don't pay any attention to the bad reviews here. They were just people looking for a ho-hum romantic comedy when instead they got a witty dark comedy.(My kind of film) 3.75/5
This film suffers from being a hybrid between the Coen brothers and Quentin Tarantino in part. It's not violent or ironic enough to be a Joel Coen creation and not obscenity-laden or gory enough to be a Tarantino product. There is humor, however, in the bumbling of Vinny D'Onofrio's character and in Reeve's typically understated role. You get the idea the real "bad guy" in the film is the neglectful, dope-smoking mother who allows the older brother to brutalize and bully the younger. It's topped off with more goofiness with Aykroyd's Krazy Kop and Delroy Lindo's Gangsta role (I particularly liked the red hair gimmick). I missed this one when it came out and rented the video because I found the name, Feeling Minnesota, remindful of the Coen Brother's Raising Arizona. I found it very watchable and rather liked the ridiculous situations very dysfunctional people get themselves into. The only glitch seemed to be Cameron Diaz who at times seemed unsure what her character was all about. Still, there is much in this film to recommend it. I would ignore the more negative reviews found here: I've no idea what these people were expecting or wanting. Check this movie out for yourself and you decide.
This is a piece that almost everyone can identify themselves with,in one way
or another.Everyone that has been hurt early on in his life,someway.And not
given a chance to hit a better road.
Keanu portrays a lost young man who has been mistreated in his childhood mostly by his brother,but also by his mother who decided to get rid of him while he was still a kid.Cameron Diaz is a tough girl with no future who gets caught up in trouble which ends up having to marry Keanu's brother,played excellently by Vince D'Onofrio.Whole establishment of the town is rotten.Specially the police officer played by Dan Aykroyd and a stripjoint shark played by Delroy Lindo.Keanu meets Cameron on his brother's wedding and love blossoms.
Watching this movie is quite enjoyable and i easily fall for these stories,of paradise lost and love happening on the worst place possible.I dont know why,but i kind of felt like it was me on the screen,or a part of me playing the part of Jjaks.Iam sure many more felt the same.
Whats so great with this film is that it makes us feel so many different emotions at the same time,and the moods change incredibly fast.First,everything is dark and then hope starts to come and we feel like Jjaks and Freddie might make it,before our hopes come crashing down again and in the end come true.Its the main accomplishment of this film.Creating so many intense and dramatic situations.Contrasts are strong here.
This is one of Reeves' best roles in my opinion.Same goes for Cameron and D'Onofrio.Dont believe the poor reviews of this film.Watch it.
I saw this movie on TV once...the last half hour or so. I enjoyed it
very much so I bought the DVD.
Its turned into one of my favorite films. I agree with the previous post about the quirky characters. Indeed that is what makes it lovable.
I felt that the plot was good. I always like a story that is not common or at least has some twists in it. Black comedy it is, I never thought I would enjoy that genre but apparently I do.
Its an entertaining movie, I highly suggest it for anyone that enjoys a twisty plot....
Feeling Minnesota is not really a road movie, but that's still the best
categorization I can generate. A road movie does not primarily depend on a
great story line, and since the plot of this movie is truly pathetic, it
does fulfil that description. To be interesting, such a movie must rely
entirely on moving and intriguing characters, and on the chemistry between
them. Unfortunately the staff of Feeling Minnesota fails utterly in
producing this excitement.
The initializing presentation of the characters is unsatisfying and confusing; I can, for example, not figure out whether Jjaks (Keanu Reeves) did grow up in the house of his mother and brother or not. It is said, by his mother (Tuesday Weld), that he must live with his father, but nothing in the film suggests that it ever happens. The same goes for the rest of the characters - I never get to know them. They appear irrational, and no real explanation is given to why they do so.
The bottom line is that I leave the movie without any feelings for the characters, except dullness and perhaps a tiny kick of attraction for the cute Cameron Diaz.
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
I first saw Feeling MInnesota on a Saturday morning. And if it didn't
have Keanu Reeves and Cameron Diaz, I wouldn't have watched the whole
Reeves plays Jjaks, a man who lives his life on the road, because his mother threw him out when he was only 8. Jjaks has an older brother, Sam who works at a nightclub. The owner of the nightclub found that someone stole his money. He figure that it was Freddie, an ordinary woman played by Cameron Diaz. The nightclub owner is making Freddie pay off the money by marrying Sam. At the wedding, Freddie meets Jjaks and falls in love with him. They run off together and things turn into a disaster.
If you enjoy movies with 2 men fighting over the same woman, then I would recommend Feeling Minnesota to you.
Steven Baigelman wrote and directed this uncertain comedy-drama concerning estranged brothers (Keanu Reeves and Vincent D'Onofrio) battling over embezzled cash as well as the affections of a pretty blonde (Cameron Diaz). The gritty ambiance inherent in Walt Lloyd's incredibly vivid cinematography is the most memorable aspect of the picture; capturing a blue-collar realism with such clarity, however, tends to emphasize the unreality of these dunderhead characters, and the movie's look and its story fail to cohere. Baigelman does get things off to a promising start, and he has an attentive eye for what to capture, but these petty people merit little interest. Danny DeVito was one of the many producers (all, presumably, with their own idea of how to film Baigelman's unremarkable script). *1/2 from ****
J.J. Jameson (from Spiderman 2) Quote ... Crap, Crap, ...
Mega-Crap It pretends to be an homage (un/intentional) to the Coen Brothers ... done poorly.
There is no real mystery to the plot.
Diaz's performance is totally uninspired.
The quirky characters don't really work.
There are a lot of "duh" moments.
I love black comedy, but this film isn't funny.
In my view, it wasn't worth the electricity.
There are many films in this genre which are much more entertaining.
I hope you find this review helpful.
I did not expect this movie to be as funny as it is. Although dark and
situational, comedy is where you find it. This quirky little story is a mess
as much as it is painfully funny. An ex-con(Keanu Reeves)shows up empty
handed for his brother's wedding. The brother is played excellently by
Vincent D'Onofrio, who himself is a dim witted crook. Reeves ends up
"boffing" the not so blushing bride(Cameron Diaz), who has her own baggage
to deal with. The fighting siblings mother(Tuesday Weld)dies of a heart
attack at the wedding reception. The newlywed bride wants to runaway with
what she thinks is her new husband's stashed fortune. Reeves and Diaz argue
about love at first sight, but are absolutely in lust. D'Onofrio wants his
bride back and the comedy of errors, mayhem and murder
The scenes of the brothers fighting is hilarious, especially the rock fight on the side of the road. Miss Diaz lives up to my infatuation of her. And Dan Aykroyd plays the part of a corrupt, inept detective. Courtney Love is patient and understanding as the waitress in the diner. The wedding singer is Steve Ghizoni. His singing style is quite an oddity...singing Sinatra type mood songs with an almost imitation Elvis like delivery. You have to watch this twice just to take in the wit and humor.
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