(2013) (Bruce Dern, Will Forte) (R)
- QUICK TAKE:
- Dramedy: A man drives from Montana to Nebraska to prove to his partially senile father that he didn't win $1 million from a sweepstakes as he mistakenly believes.
- David Grant (WILL FORTE) is an audio-visual salesman whose girlfriend has just moved out of their place. Not only must he contend with that, but he must also deal with his elderly and increasingly senile father, Woody (BRUCE DERN), whose actions are driving his wife, Kate (JUNE SQUIBB), to her wits' end. She's starting to believe he needs to be put into a home, a sentiment shared by her other son, Ross (BOB ODENKIRK), especially after Woody believes he's won $1 million due to receiving but misunderstanding a sweepstakes promo letter sent to him.
After Woody attempts several times to walk from his Billings, Montana home to Nebraska to claim his prize, David decides to drive his father instead, figuring that will dispel the belief of him now being a millionaire as well as allow the two men to get to know each other. Along the way, they end up stopping in Hawthorne, the town where Woody and Kate grew up and where much of his family still lives. That includes his brother, Ray (RANCE HOWARD), his wife, Martha (MARY LOUISE WILSON), and their two redneck sons, Bart (TIM DRISCOLL) and Cole (DEVIN RATRAY).
With Kate and Ross eventually joining them for a family reunion, word spreads through town that Woody is a millionaire. That news elicits the interest of most everyone, but especially Woody's former business partner, Ed Pegram (STACY KEACH), who believes he deserves a cut of the action. As that unfolds, David ends up learning things about his parents that shine a new light on them and him.
- WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
- If they're not fans of someone in the cast or the filmmaker (who made "The Descendants," "Sideways" and "About Schmidt," among others), it's highly unlikely.
- WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: R
- For some language.
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