Note to self – don’t owe people a load of money. Don’t tell everyone you’re about to become a millionaire. (Whether it’s true or not.) Judging from the trailer, Nebraska looks like a pretty humble story about an old boy believing he has won a cash prize of $1,000,000, which he needs to make the journey to claim it in person. His son comes along for the ride. Trying to convince his stubborn dad that the money is not real, it is easier for him to stay quiet and take this journey with his dad – allowing them to discover more about each other so it’s not a completely wasted trip. Bruce Dern won Best Actor at Cannes this year for Nebraska.
In Alexander Payne’s “Nebraska” a father and son steer the American road comedy into a vanishing Midwest on the trail of a dubious fortune – and in search of an understanding of each other that once seemed impossible.
Stubborn, taciturn Woody (Bruce Dern in a role that won Best Actor at the Cannes Film Festival) believes he’s got one last shot at mattering: a notice that he’s the lucky winner of a million-dollar sweepstakes. To claim his fortune, Woody insists he must quickly get to the sweepstakes company’s office in Nebraska – a 750-mile journey that seems unlikely given that he can barely shuffle down the road a few blocks, at least not without stopping for a drink. Worried for his father’s state of mind, it falls to Woody’s reluctant, baffled son David (Will Forte) to accompany him on a trip that seems hilariously futile on the surface.
When Woody and David make a pit-stop in their hometown of Hawthorne – with the Grant’s tart-tongued matriarch (June Squibb) and anchor-man son (Bob Odenkirk) joining them – word of Woody’s fortune makes him a returning hero, while also opening a view into the unseen lives of David’s parents and a past more alive than he ever imagined.