Feeling Minnesota

1996, Comedy/Drama, 1h 35m

21 Reviews 10,000+ Ratings

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Clumsily derivative, shoddily assembled, and fundamentally miscast, Feeling Minnesota sets out for romantic comedy and gets irrevocably lost along the way. Read critic reviews

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Sam Clayton's (Vincent D'Onofrio) marriage to ex-stripper Freddie (Cameron Diaz) comes about when she's strong-armed into the match by Red (Delroy Lindo), a club proprietor who once did her a favor. But Freddie falls in love with Jiaks (Keanu Reeves), Sam's brother, and the pair tries to escape the situation together. It isn't long before both Sam and Red catch up with them, resulting in threats against the two of them -- although tension also starts to build between Sam and Red.

Cast & Crew

Keanu Reeves
Jjaks Clayton
Cameron Diaz
Freddie Clayton
Courtney Love
Rhonda the Waitress
Tuesday Weld
Norma Clayton
Dan Aykroyd
Ben Costikyan
Levon Helm
Bible Salesman
Erwin Stoff
Executive Producer
Chris Cornell
Original Music
Walt Lloyd
Cinematographer
Martin Walsh
Film Editor
Naomi Shohan
Production Design
Philip Messina
Art Direction
Evette Knight
Set Decoration
Eugenie Bafaloukos
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Critic Reviews for Feeling Minnesota

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Audience Reviews for Feeling Minnesota

  • May 29, 2010
    What a crazy story about brothers. Keanu Reeves wasn't as nutty and alien as usual, especially when Vincent D'Onofrio played his character so deranged. I think the only real shining element was Cameron Diaz, who was a really good character. It's so trashy and odd, but you can go a lot worse in terms of romantic comedies.
    Conner R Super Reviewer
  • Apr 14, 2010
    It's not unusual in the movies for a woman to be torn between two brothers, but she usually doesn't change her mind on her wedding day. Then again, hardly anything goes the way one might expect in this black comedy. Freddie (Cameron Diaz), a pretty but hard-as-nails stripper, dreams of some day dancing in a Las Vegas revue, but for the meantime she works at a seedy dive in Minnesota. Freddie is forced by the owner of the club, Red (Delroy Lindo), to marry his accountant, the less-than-charming Sam Clayton (Vincent D'Onofrio), as punishment for supposedly stealing from the strip joint's till (as a further indignity, Red has also had the word "slut" tattooed on her arm). Sam has a rocky relationship with his brother Jjaks (Keanu Reeves) -- his curious name is the result of a typing error on his birth certificate -- but Jjaks receives an invitation to the nuptials from their mother Nora (Tuesday Weld), and he arrives at the wedding reception only a few hours after he's released from prison. When Freddie and Jjacks meet for the first time, there's an immediate chemistry between them, so immediate that before the evening is out, the new in-laws are making love in a bathroom and Freddie has persuaded Jjacks to run away with her; Freddie has also grabbed Sam's bankroll to finance the unscheduled vacation. Sam, understandably enraged, vows to track them down and enlists the help of Ben Costikyan (Dan Aykroyd), a sleazy career criminal. Feeling Minnesota was the debut feature for writer and director Steven Baigelman.
    Martin D Super Reviewer
  • Dec 07, 2009
    Feeling Minnesota is a nice forgetable movie.
    Wahida K Super Reviewer
  • Jan 09, 2008
    This is a film about two people who desperately are trying to escape their lives in Minnesota, but it never really gets off the ground. The performances are good and the characters are interesting but the film can't figure out if the situation these people are in is sad, funny, or violent. I think maybe if the script had recieved a few more re-writes it might have become the great black comedy it aspired to be.
    Alec B Super Reviewer

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