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    Nebraska, or There and Back Again (2013)
    Bruce Dern, Will Forte, June Squibb, Bob Odenkirk. Directed by Alexander Payne.

    David Grant (Will Forte) sells home theater systems at a consumer electronics store in Billings, Montana. His older brother Ross (Bob Odenkirk) is a local newscaster who gets to anchor when the regular anchor is out. His mom (June Squibb) is a loud, crude, complaining woman who takes care of his barely functioning father (Bruce Dern). Both parents have reached the donít-care-what-others-think phase; it is evidenced by Kateís unwillingness to censor her thoughts as they come out of her mouth, and Woodyís is evidenced by hair that looks like heís always just gotten off a motorcycle.

    David seems to have seen his best days. His live-in girlfriend has moved out, pleading not exactly for marriage, but for anything, as long as itís different. David seems to be rooted in some kind of stasis, something I imagine a lot of just-turned-middle-aged guys must confront living in very small neighborhoods to which ďdead end townĒ might apply.

    Woody is determined to walk to Lincoln, Nebraska, to claim one of those sweepstakes prizes the magazine brokers send out, despite everyone telling him he has not won anything. Since nobody will drive him, he walks.

    What makes David decide to drive his father to Lincoln is one of the nice mysteries of this film. Itís not a puzzle of JFK-like import, but itís pleasurable to watch Forteís performance for clues. Does he just feel sorry for a dad who seems to have nothing else to look forward to? Is he hoping to reconnect with a father who seems more and more to resist connection every day? Or is he looking his own future in the eye and trying to figure out if thereís anything for him in his twilight years outside of TV game shows and gossip about the neighbors?

    What I love most about this film is the way David, his brother, and their parents spend enough time together in this non-adventure for us to see the genuine affection they all have for each other, expressed in ways far less dramatic than movies might make them do it, but so much truer and more believable. David and Ross seem to have very little in common, but the time they spend together this one weekend is enough for them to slip into brotherly roles, circling the wagons when other relatives become aggressive.

    Davidís family is brought together in this tiny way at this seemingly insignificant moment, and itís sweet and charming, and while Squibb and Dern are getting all the awards-season love this year, itís Forte, and his sad, stoic, eager affection and endless patience who holds this movie together and makes you think this could somehow be you.

    Everything about Nebraska feels good because even in the face of some ugliness, the central characters remain good people, and you get a sense that the thing that shakes David out of his stasis is a barely-beneath-the-surface goodness that was put there by good parents.

    9/10 (IMDb rating)
    95/100 (Criticker rating)
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    Will Forte got a lead role in a movie that's not based on a SNL character.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Walkoff Balk View Post
    Will Forte got a lead role in a movie that's not based on a SNL character.
    Was he the last man on earth?

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    Ha. Have you seen that? A friend tells me it's a really good show and that I should check it out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by scrivener View Post
    Ha. Have you seen that? A friend tells me it's a really good show and that I should check it out.
    The last man on Earth plot always seem to meet other people except for Twilight Zone episodes.

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    Well there was that one Twilight Zone where he poisons himself and then hears the telephone ring just before he dies. That was close to meeting someone.
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