Dave's Rating:

4.5

… sweetly humane, bluegrass …

Who's in It: Garrison Keillor, Meryl Streep, John C. Reilly, Lily Tomlin, Lindsay Lohan, Woody Harrelson, Virginia Madsen, Kevin Kline, Tommy Lee Jones

The Basics: A match made in middle-aged, New Balance–wearing heaven — Robert Altman, Streep and Lake Wobegon in a big KitchenAid mixer set on slow "fold." Tasty results, though, so I'm not complaining.

What's the Deal? This movie is Stop Making Sense for people with mid-management spread. It's a sweetly humane, bluegrass, warm 'n' fuzzy, story-time concert film with fictionalized moments about aimless gumshoes, beautiful angels of death and corporate evildoers. Nothing much happens because it's a Robert Altman movie, but you won't care, really. "Nothing" for Altman (on a good day) is more entertaining than "something" from most Hollywood hacks.

How It's Like Nashville:
1. Tomlin's in it. Singing gospel songs.
2. A big all-cast sing-along at the end
3. Trademark Altman dialogue with everyone talking at once
4. Death

How It's Not Like Nashville:
1. Lindsay Lohan's in it. She wasn't even born when Nashville came out. Probably hasn't even seen it yet. Shopping takes up a lot of time in a person's day, you know.
2. People in Minnesota won't be anywhere near as pissed off as people in Nashville were when that one was released.
3. Not as good.

You Don't Mess With Meryl Streep: According to Fox News, Lohan was an hour late to work on her first day of shooting, prompting Streep to take her aside and say, "Do you see that man? That's Robert Altman. You don't come late to his set." And young L.L. obeyed.

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