A teacher lives a lonely life, all the while struggling over his son's custody. His life slowly gets better as he finds love and receives good news from his son, but his new luck is about to be brutally shattered by an innocent little lie.
Thomas Bo Larsen,
"NEBRASKA" is 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. Written by
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When all the Grant males are sitting in the Hawthorne living room presumably watching a Chicago Bears game on TV, the audio is the Bears' radio broadcasting team (Jeff Joniak and Tom Thayer), which never appears on telecasts. Even if they have turned the TV audio down and are listening to a radio broadcast, it would be very unlikely to be heard with such clarity in Nebraska (and it doesn't look as if they have on-line streaming). See more »
Why do you want meatloaf if it isn't even on the dinner menu?
'cause I like it.
What can I get you?
Do you have any meatloaf?
No, that's only part of our lunch specials.
He'll have the chicken.
Fried or grilled?
He'll have it grilled. I think I'd like the roast beef, but I'm not entirely sure. What do you recommend?
Everything's all good ma'am, but I especially like the tilapia.
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"Nebraska" offers viewers an unstinting view of some very unpleasant things: extreme decrepitude, boundless stupidity, greed and ignorance. There is also very deep, and very painful, love on display in this portrait of an embittered working class eking out a meaningless existence in a dysfunctional and remote place. "Nebraska" oscillates between cynicism and schmaltz, pulling off a wondrous kind of emotional alchemy that few films aspire to, let alone attain.
All of the acting is first rate, though the characterizations are rather broadly drawn. Will Forte plays a dutiful, sensitive, repressed son with seemingly unlimited patience for the eccentricities of those around him. He's the perfect foil for Bruce Dern's semi-catatonic, alcoholic ramblings (both verbal and spatial). June Squibb serves up hilarious venom to spice up the mix.
There were scenes in the movie that so perfectly captured the narrow, soulless, deadening ethos so prevalent in small-town America that I could hardly stand to watch them. It was almost as if the tire stores, bars, gas stations and motels of every desolate corner of America were rolled up into one set of visuals here, captured in stunning black and white cinematography.
I highly recommend "Nebraska."
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