- 1 hr 55 min
Nebraska is a road trip movie from 2013 that tells the story of Woody Grant (played by Bruce Dern), an aging man from Montana. The story begins with Woody being found staggering on the side of the road by a police officer. It becomes clear that Woody is suffering from dementia, and he is convinced that he has won a million dollars in a sweepstakes.
Despite attempts by his son David (played by Will Forte) to convince him otherwise, Woody remains firm in his belief about the money, and sets out on a quest to claim his prize. David, feeling responsible for his father's well-being, decides to drive him to Nebraska so that he can collect his winnings.
As the pair journey through Woody's hometown of Hawthorne, Nebraska, they encounter various eccentric characters, including Woody's old business partner and some of his estranged family members. Along the way, David begins to learn more about his father's past and the reasons behind his erratic behavior.
June Squibb plays Woody's wife, Kate, who is initially unsupportive of her husband's quest but eventually joins David and Woody on their journey. Squibb delivers a particularly memorable scene where she visits the grave of a former lover and delivers a hilarious and profanity-laced monologue.
Shot in black and white, Nebraska has a stark and understated beauty that perfectly captures the desolate landscapes of small-town America. The film's pacing is deliberate, allowing time for the characters to breathe and develop. The screenplay by Bob Nelson is masterful, striking a perfect balance between humor and pathos.
The performances by the cast are all exceptional. Bruce Dern, in particular, is outstanding as Woody. His portrayal of a man grappling with his own mortality and the ghosts of his past is heartbreaking and nuanced. Will Forte also shines in a more serious role than he is typically known for, portraying David with a quiet sensitivity.
Overall, Nebraska is a poignant and affecting film that is well worth the watch. Its exploration of family, aging, and the American Midwest have resonated with audiences and critics alike. The film was nominated for six Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Original Screenplay, and it is a testament to the skills of all involved that it is such a heartfelt and authentic work.
Nebraska is a 2013 drama with a runtime of 1 hour and 55 minutes. It has received mostly positive reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 7.7 and a MetaScore of 86.