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Wonderful father-son bonding story with language, drinking.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Nebraska is a bittersweet character-based drama telling the story of a grown son and his father reconnecting while on a road trip. Language includes several uses of "s--t, "at least one "f--k," plus lots of other strong or coarse language. Alcoholism is a potential concern: the father is said to be an alcoholic, but he denies it, claiming that he only drinks beer. (He consumes a great deal of beer during the movie, and is drunk once or twice.) The main character sustains a head injury and goes to the hospital for stitches (some blood is shown). There's a quick bar fight and a quick mugging in a dark alley, with no real consequences. Older characters sometimes discuss sex, somewhat graphically, but with humorous intent. Though viewers younger than 15 may not be interested in this downbeat film, older teens and their parents should enjoy this.
- Families can talk about the issue of alcoholism. Why doesn't the main character admit to being an alcoholic? Is it true that "beer doesn't count"? How is the viewer supposed to feel about the characters' alcohol use?
- Does the movie make fun of small town characters? Are they caricatures or stereotypes? Do they remind you of your own family members, or are they pure fictional creations?
- What makes a character like Woody -- non-verbal, grumpy, stubborn -- so interesting?
- How does black-and-white cinematography change the way the movie looks and feels? Would you have preferred it to be in color?
The good stuff
Messages: A father and son become much closer to one another during a road trip, talking about their feelings for the first time and opening up more easily. This also leads to some occasional violent and/or illegal behavior, but nothing serious or unforgivable.
Role models: These characters are about as ordinary as you can get. Their problems and hang-ups are nothing unusual, and their achievements come to nothing more than finding a better connection between a father and son. They're not exactly bad people, but neither are they particularly heroic or inspiring. (The father may be an alcoholic; his family claims that he is, but he claims he's not.)
What to watch for
Violence: David gets into a bar fight, punching an older man. The father and son are jumped by two hooded, masked characters in an alley. Woody cuts his head open and some blood is shown. (He goes to the hospital for stitches.) There's also some arguing and threats.
Sex: Characters talk about sex, sometimes in fairly open, graphic ways (intended as humor). For example, the elderly mother character talks casually about her former lovers and -- in one scene -- lifts up her dress (her back to the camera) to show the grave of a dead boyfriend "what he missed out on." She uses phrases like "he wanted in my pants." No nudity is shown, and no sexual situations occur.
Language: "S--t" is used fairly frequently, and "f--k" is used at least once. "Bitch," "c--ksucker," "t-ts," "damn," "whore," "slut," "moron," "sumbitch," "screwing," "Goddamn" and "Jesus Christ" are also used.
Consumerism: Various signs and billboards are often seen while the characters are on the road, and various brands are shown in bars and in kitchens. They include Pepsi, Goodyear, Land-o-Lakes, and Craftsman. In a bar characters order Coors, Mountain Dew and Bud. A character works in an audio shop, and signs for Bose and Sony are visible. Onkyo is mentioned.
Drinking, drugs and smoking: The father may be an alcoholic. Others claim that he is, but he denies it. (He says that beer doesn't count.) He drinks a great deal of beer over the course of the movie, and is drunk a few times. The son does not drink but changes his mind and drinks beer with his dad in a bar.
Fan Reviews provided by
Nebraska by psa5110
I enjoyed the movie very much and would definitely recommend others to see it. The lines in this were done well. Really made my friends and me laugh, even with the rough language. (Wish it didn't have to have so much cussing, but could deal with it.) The actors were very well selected - all played their roles very well.
Loved the message - father and son relationship was quite touching.
Found it interesting to be in black and white - not common anymore, but it worked for this movie.
Great movie by Maxovrdriv
A pleasant surprise. It hit home with older parents and the acting was Oscar quality. It would be sad if Bruce Dern did not win, he was absolutely wonderful. Fun to see a new and novel idea, in a move not dependent on special effects but rather a great script and acting. The storyline held true from beginning to end, nothing fake or inserted for any gratuitous purposes. A must see if you like a good old fashion movie.
This was an excellent movie! by Luv2CMovies2
My husband is from Nebraska..and since part of the film was shot in Billings, Montan
where we live, we wanted to see it. Bruce Dern and his son, in the film were spot on
people..not actors portraying people. It was a story that brought laughter, tears and
an incredible portrayal of family dynamics that, in the final analysis, was surprising,
It is a great character study and the "Nebraska family" actors, must have been
plucked off the streets of that small town.
Shooting the movie in black and white was an excellent move by the director..it
brought out so much of the stark lack of connection in so much of the story. Be
sure to see this movie...you'll be thinking of it long after you leave the theater.
Nebraska by irenencnc
Really a great movie, we enjoyed every minute. The actors were perfect for the roles they played. I was surprised that it was in black and white, but after a while it seemed to go with the surroundings and plot.
Superb Acting. This movie should have gotten an Oscar!!
Sweet funny realistic family movie... by mdcoon127
There is a trend to show middle America at end of life in movies lately...OSage County and Nebraska...Nebraska rings very true - good portrayal of small town life..and family dynamics. Adult film - kids won't find this too interesting.
NEBRASKA by steffi1
What a wonderful movie - not the usual plastic, Hollywood type movie at all. It was a quirky, compassionate movie. The photography of the starkness of Nebraska had its own special beauty and gave the audience a view of small-town America.
The lead actors were each in their own way very special. The mother was outrageous in a fun way, and some of the situations they encountered on their journey "back home" were hilarious It is a slow moving and thoughtful movie and poignant as the one son finally gets to know a little more about his father, and although his father may madden him at times, he shows true concern and caring for his elderly father. I would say it is a must see. You wonder where some of the cast were actors, they did not look like the usual central casting fare. A sweet movie with some really funny moments.
This is not a movie geared for youngsters, it would be unsuitable and probably uninteresting to them.
Seen It Twice by caitlinpete
Just as people are not perfect, so it is with love. i wouldn't want the Grants as my family, but by the end of the movie they had become my family and it was okay.
Enjoy the nap. by nappingwolf
No I did not like this movie. Boring. Slow. Mind numbing. The only positive was the character of Kate Grant and acting of June Squibb. Otherwise this movie could have been titled Walk of the Zombies.
Slow but witty by excelsiormantra
June Squib holds the film on her shoulders with her witty remarks. The film is slow and dry but comes up for air through character development and unexpected laughs. Couldn't help but think of my late grandfather taking off on long walks and almost always disoriented. I'm personally happy to see Bruce Dern back in the game.
A sad but telling depiction of aging by paladino500
This isn't a feel-good movie but I loved it because it's truthful. It's not for kids but for anyone who is of a certain age it offers glimpses into aging can be either depressing if you've lost hope -- or it offers a cautionary tale of how important it is to plan for a happy and productive old age. Acting, directing and cinematography is first rate.