"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
Bruce Dern is a teetotaler who was an avid marathoner, and still runs in his late 70s. See more »
When the Grant males are 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, who never appear on telecasts. If they are listening to a radio broadcast with the TV audio down, it would be very unlikely to be so clear in Nebraska, and it doesn't look as if they are streaming the audio online. See more »
So, what do you think, dad?
It doesn't look finished to me.
How do you mean?
[upon seeing Mount Rushmore]
Well, it looks like somebody got bored doing it. Washington's the only one with any clothes, and they're just kind of roughed in. Lincoln doesn't even have an ear.
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The film opens with the 1960s Paramount widescreen logo. See more »
"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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