A Prairie Home Companion (Review)
February 4, 2007
I’ve been a fan of A Prairie Home Companion (the radio show) for a lot of years — despite my distaste for the music, the comedy bits range tend to range from terrificly funny to utterly priceless.
Unfortunately, none of that seemed to find its way into the movie — a somewhat tearjerking tale of the last show of a tired old radio production, being killed by the new corporate owner of their home radio station.
Kevin Kline manages to chew up all of the scenery without bringing out any of the funny in his portrayal of Guy Noir.
Woody Harrelson and John C. Reilly play a passable Dusty and Lefty — without the skit, and meanwhile a wooden Garrison Keillor, Lily Tomlin and Meryl Streep wring every last bit of sap and cornpone out of the music — while the show is dying, one of the cast kicks the bucket, and the comedy isn’t even on life support.
They even trot in an angel (Virginia Madsen) to attend the death of the cast member, plot the death of the evil corporate axe man (Tommy Lee Jones), and still manage to not save the damn radio show.
Oh yeah — and Lindsey Lohan makes an appearance as Meryl Streep’s whiney and annoying wannabe goth daughter, for no discernible reason.
No news from Lake Wobegon, where in addition to all of the women being strong, all of the men good looking, and all of the children above average, apparently all of the citizens had the good sense to stay a country mile away from this stillborn turkey.
What a pity for this to have been Robert Altman’s final film.
But give this movie a wide miss.