Scotland, Pa.

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  • R
  • 2001
  • 1 hr 44 min
  • 6.6  (4,787)
  • 49

In the 2001 black comedy film "Scotland, Pa.," directed and written by Billy Morrissette, the story is retold in a modern, satirical version of William Shakespeare's classic play "Macbeth." This adaptation is set in 1970s Pennsylvania and showcases the story of the ambitious, hardworking but underappreciated couple, the McBeths, who work at the local fast-food restaurant.

James Le Gros stars as the ambitious but frustrated worker, "Mac" McBeth, who dreams of owning the restaurant chain where he and his wife Pat (Maura Tierney) work. However, their boss, Norm Duncan (James Rebhorn), is an ungrateful jerk who takes them for granted and has no intention of making them his business partners.

One evening, Mac and Pat go out to celebrate their anniversary, and by chance, they stop by a group of hippies smoking weed. Mac ends up buying some joints, and while they are getting high in the car, they come up with a plan to kill their boss and take over the restaurant. From this point on, the movie takes a turn into a dark world of madness, jealousy, and greed, as the couple begins to lose their moral compass and their sanity.

The film presents an ironic upending of the classic story. Instead of the Thane of Glamis, Macbeth is a burger-flipper at a casual dining restaurant in a small town in rural Pennsylvania, and instead of witches and supernatural influence, the couple's dark thoughts and ambitions are fueled by booze, drugs, and classic 70's rock music.

As the McBeths' killing spree progresses, they attract the suspicion of Lieutenant Ernie McDuff (Christopher Walken), a hippie-dressed police detective who becomes the main investigator of the murders. The quirky and satirical tone continues as Lt. McDuff tries to solve the murders, but his investigation is initially hindered by his eccentric personality, which includes frequent philosophical monologues and his practice of yoga.

The film features other entertaining performances, including Andy Dick as a dimwitted employee, Timothy "Speed" Levitch as a stoner hippie narrator, and Amy Smart as one of the fast-food servers. Throughout the movie, the tone is consistently comedic and covers a wide range of genres, including satire, dark humor, and absurdity.

Overall, "Scotland, Pa." presents a clever and entertaining retelling of Macbeth, set in a comedic and exaggerated world of fast food restaurants and hippies. The script is sharp and witty, and the performances by the cast are exceptional, especially Christopher Walken, who delivers his usual scene-stealing performance. If you're a fan of dark comedies or Shakespearean adaptations, "Scotland, Pa." could be the perfect choice for a movie night.

Scotland, Pa. is a 2001 comedy with a runtime of 1 hour and 44 minutes. It has received mostly poor reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 6.6 and a MetaScore of 49.

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