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"Before you know it as the years go by, you're just like other people you have seen, with all those peculiar human ailments. Just another vehicle for temper and vanity and rashness and all the rest. Who wants it? Who needs it? These things occupy the place where a man's soul should be." -- Henderson the Rain King

Sunday, June 04, 2006

A Prairie Home Companion - The Movie

On Friday night we saw our fourth SIFF movie, Robert Altman's A Prairie Home Companion.

J-Casa picked this one as she's a big fan of Garrison Keillor's ubiquitous NPR show of the same name. We were both curious as to how the show would be adapted to a movie format. J-Casa was hoping for a straight-up concert style film, while I was just hoping that Altman would come up with something creative and Lindsey Lohan wouldn't be too unbearable.

The film turned out to be a pleasant surprise. Despite having a slew of big name stars (Meryl Streep, Lily Tomlin, Woody Harrelson, Tommy Lee Jones, Kevin Kline, Virginia Madsen, John C. Reilly, the aforementioned LiLo, etc.) it plays more like an indie film than a Hollywood blockbuster. There's plenty of Prarie Home Companion variety style entertainment to keep the radio show fans happy, but it's mixed well with some great acting, and a compelling enough plot to keep things moving. Top that off with a surprise ending and absolutely hilarious performances by Harrelson and Reilly as singing cowboys and it makes for an entertaining movie.

You can find early reviews of the film here.