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Monday, June 12, 2006

Film Review

A Prairie Home Companion
Dir. Robert Altman
Rated PG-13 for "Risque Humor" (whatever that means, and prob. also for Lindsay Lohan)
* * * 1/2
The opening of this film is very similar to Altman's Short Cuts, and the film itself is much like Nashville. Only this is a very human film, a sweet film, and not about much. Which isn't a bad thing, it's nice to be in a film and not have to worry about trying to raise money to save the radio show, which could have happened, or worry about where the film is going. I saw the film in a theater full of 70 and 80 year olds who loved it, and Altman, who is 82, is dealing here with elderly issues, in the elderly friendly world of Keillor, at an elderly pace. That doesn't mean the dialogue is any slower, Lilly Tomlin and Meryl Streep are all over the place, and it's incredible. It's rare to see a film where the actors look like they're having so much fun, and it's amazing to see scenes where John C. Riley and especially Meryl Streep have moments as real people. The film has an invetiable end and isn't at a hurry to get there. While it makes little sense Virginia Madsen plays an angel, and shares the films best scenes backstage with Keillor. The actors are all great, even Lohan, and Kevin Kilne gives an incredible performance, even among some of hollywood's finer actors. But while this is a sweet, charming film, a funny film, it doesn't do much more, which saves it from being a bad film, but doesn't make it an excellent film. Something Altman has done several times before.

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