A Prairie Home Companion details
|Starring:||Meryle Streep, Kevin Kline, Lindsay Lohan, Tommy Lee Jones, Woody Harrelson, Lily Tomlin|
A Prairie Home Companion
|Run time:||1 hour 45 minutes|
|Rental release:||25 Jun 2007|
By Tom Charity from LOVEFiLM
This comedy provides people with a look at what goes on backstage during the last broadcast of one of America's best radio shows.
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It is what it isBy a customer from London, England , 30 Dec 2006
[Highly rated reviewer]Altman's warm style captures the spirit of the Prairie Home Companion (PHC) perfectly. PHC is a quintessential American variety show, the type that forgot or ignored that it was out of style. It features a quirky mix of musical numbers (jazz, folk, country) and humorous skids (like the duct tape pretend-commercial). The story itself takes a back seat to the warm mood of the extended PHC family comprised of actors, audience, and fictional characters that Altman captures with such genius.
Depending on your mood the movie can make you laugh till you drop or make you cry. But be warned: the movie is tough to understand for people without a sense of community or family. It plays on that theme by juxtaposing the old timers who have experienced the facts of life (love, loss, death) and carried on, finding solace in humor and song, with the young, clueless and suicidal urbanites (represented by Lindsay Lohan).
All in all it is a great show for anyone who can laugh at his/her own self and life's little quirks. It will greatly disappoint anyone with an overblown sense of self or anyone who is prejudiced against any of the musical styles featured in PHC. The movie is what it is, just like life.
If you have an extended family the movie is a must-see. It is thoroughly entertaining.
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A nice goodbyeBy a customer from London , 14 May 2009A typically gentle ensemble piece from Altman. Its personally not one of my favourites (I particuarly favour Nashville and Short Cuts), but the cast play it well, including a not out of place Lohan easily acting against the likes of legends Streep and Tomlin. A film to be proud of, and a nice last piece for the late, great director
OK if you like overtalkingBy AnthonyG (48 reviews) from London , 06 Apr 2009At my age I like my screen stars to speak one at a time.
Ok this may not reflect real life - but it did for decades of talkies.
Clearly this is not Mr Altman's style - so no more of his films for me, I'm afraid.
DelightfulBy Pinkmat (205 reviews) from Exeter , 05 Apr 2009This is a delightful film. It feels cozy as you watch the various acts going through their paces on their radio show and hear about their personal lives in the dressing rooms. I loved it, especially the 'Bad Jokes' song! Could watch it again and again.
subtle and beautifully madeBy a customer from London , 28 Mar 2009Just lovely. Touching. Human. Fragile. Like life.
A Priarie Home CompanionBy wisebee (13 reviews) from Woking , 23 Mar 2009A waste of a selection for me I'm afraid. It had not engaged my interest in the first 10 minutes but I decided to stick with it for a further 20 before I gave up and switched it off - something I rarely do as I like to persevere with a film. I had added it to my wish list because of the stellar cast but this alone was not enough to make it even remotely watchable for me as there was no discernable storyline as far as I could acertain. Maybe there was if I had stuck with it but I just couldn't be bothered!
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