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Nebraska Reviews

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½ March 13, 2017
Such a simple and beautiful movie. Bruce Dern and Will Forte really bring these unique character's to life. Bob Odenkirk is really good as well. It's a funny and heart warming character drama. Alexander Payne does a great job with the script. The cinematography and score are both great. My only complaint is it is a little slow, but you should definitely give it a watch.
February 1, 2017
It's good movie to watch
January 26, 2017
Nebraska is a painfully funny comedy with an impeccable cast.
½ January 26, 2017
3.67 --- Oddly weird and charming at the same time.
½ January 12, 2017
HUGELY overrated and awful!
Super Reviewer
½ December 20, 2016
Despite the cinematography in an unnecessary (but effective) black and white, this melancholy drama has quite a surprising sense of humor and characters who prove to be a lot more complex than we would give them credit for, with Dern and Squibb in fantastic performances.
December 10, 2016
Amazingly sensitive, gentle and raw.
December 9, 2016
a delight. beautifully executed. would be happy to watch again.
October 27, 2016
Charming little indie movie. A lot of warmth from a black-and-white.
September 25, 2016
Very good and very interesting movie! I liked the acting and the well thought out story. Definitely recommended.
September 18, 2016
Great , cast and endearing story.
½ August 20, 2016
I just wish it weren't in black and white.
August 16, 2016
What is it about taking a road trip with a family member that seems like such a good idea in theory? Putting oneself in unfamiliar territory while trying to rebuild an inevitably fractured relationship can rarely result in anything other than frayed nerves, arguments and tears. Yet so many of us have taken the plunge because we thought our road trip would be different.

And so it goes with Alexander Payne's bittersweet, comedy-drama, NEBRASKA.

Curmudgeon Woody Grant lives in Billings, Montana along with his long-suffering wife of close to 50 years, Kate. Woody is not altogether there, thanks to a lifetime of heavy drinking and, now, the onset of Alzheimer's. When he receives a letter in the mail that he may have just won a million dollars in one of those publishers' sweepstakes, he starts walking to Lincoln, Nebraska - a distance of 850 miles across three states - to claim his prize. His son, David, intercepts him just outside Billings and brings him back home to try to talk some sense into him but Woody will hear nothing of it. He wants his money. David eventually gives in, thinking that a road trip with his dad might be good for their relationship. You see, Woody was not the best father in the world. Besides being drunk most of the time, Woody is not the most talkative person. His experience fighting in the Korean War 60 years earlier affects him even today.

So David and Woody jump into David's car and head off to Lincoln. En route, a nighttime fall after a few too many beers puts Woody in the hospital and their plans quickly change. David decides to stop off at Woody's family in fictional Hawthorne, Nebraska for a few days to give Woody a chance to heal. In the meantime, Kate and their older son, Ross, decide to trek to Hawthorne too, to make it a full family reunion.

When Woody reveals to brothers' families and his old friends about his million dollar windfall, the vultures start circling. The family says he owes them money for all their support over the years while his ex-business partner demands repayment (and then some!) of the money he lent to Woody many years earlier. Even though David and Ross insist that there is no money, no one believes them. Now David not only has to protect Woody from himself; he has to protect him from his family and friends.

Alexander Payne, who previously wrote and directed SIDEWAYS and THE DESCENDANTS, seems to be attracted to stories that deal with life's unpredictable messiness. In NEBRASKA, he chose to shoot the film in black-and-white, which served to highlight both the starkness of the landscape and the Grant family's lives.

There is plenty of humour in the film, though it is slow in coming. A scene showing the elderly Grant brothers watching Sunday football on TV seems very reminiscent of Grant Wood's classic painting, American Gothic. (Could there be a connection with the family name being Grant?) The film also features some of the best Upper Midwest American accents since FARGO.

NEBRASKA stars Bruce Dern, who was nominated for an Academy Award (R) for this role, comedian Will Forte, June Squibb, Stacy Keach and Bob Odenkirk, whom audiences may know as the sleazy lawyer Saul Goodman on TV's BREAKING BAD.

This is a great film but you don't need to go to the cinema to see it. Rent it or download it (legally, of course). You'll enjoy it.
August 14, 2016
A simple, delicate and bittersweet movie about a son discovering who his father actually is. The movie doesn't want to demonstrate something or convince you of a thesis: it "simply" tells a little story. Surprisingly, it made me laugh many times: while melancholy is suspended upon every single moment of the film , it never becomes a sad movie that desperately wants you to burst in tears. Sometimes life is fun, sometimes is sad, sometimes is both, like this wonderful movie.
August 12, 2016
This was funny. Good story, see it.
July 17, 2016
Vähäeleinen ja melankolinen, hieman Kaurismäkeläinen mustavalkoelokuva.
DrStrangeblog
Super Reviewer
July 10, 2016
Stark, perfectly observed low-key comedy/drama with striking black-and-white photography clearly influenced by 'The Last Picture Show' and evocative musical score. Smalltown flavor feels so real, I'm sure I've met some of these people at family gatherings. Will Forte is a revelation showing a real sense of comic timing and drollery that I found completely missing during his SNL tenure. Bruce Dern garnered all the accolades as the addled, heavy drinking estranged father who thinks he's won a million dollars, but it's June Squibb as his agitated, long-suffering wife who really deserved an Academy Award nomination. The foul-mouthed senior citizen is such a tired stereotype used for cheap laughs, but the excellent script allows Squibb to develop a full character so that when she interjects the occasional obscenity, it is surprising and truly funny. The highlight though is when Forte and his brother Bob Oedenkirk decide to retrieve their father's compressor 'borrowed' by a neighboring farmer 40 years ago, and the conversational aftermath in the van had me rolling on the floor.
July 7, 2016
Your heart will be warmed and your laughter will fly for this simple, yet brilliantly crafted story about a boy and his father.
July 1, 2016
Simple yet charming, well-acted and well-directed.
June 16, 2016
Alexander Payne no falla. Si tienes una familia despreciable (que hay un 99% de que sea así) vas a amar la película.
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