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Acclaimed filmmaker Robert Altman (Short Cuts, Nashville) brings National Public Radio stalwart Garrison Keillor's long-running radio program to vivid life on the big screen in a intricately woven backstage fable centering on the final performance of a fictionalized version of his variety show. As if the result of some strange mass-media fluke, the popular radio program A Prairie Home Companion somehow managed to survive the television age to entertain its audience every Saturday night from the stage of the historic Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul, MN. Week after week, hangdog host Garrison Keillor serves as unflappable emcee to an amiable hodgepodge of radio-friendly acts that include the likes of popular country duo Yolanda and Rhonda Johnson (Meryl Streep and Lily Tomlin) and singing cowboys the Old Trailhands (Woody Harrelson and John C. Reilly). This is one show where the under-the-line antics are nearly as entertaining as the program itself, though, and in between the efforts of down-on-his-luck private dick and backstage doorkeeper Guy Noir (Kevin Kline) to discover the true identity of a mysterious blonde (Virginia Madsen) and aspiring teen singer Lola (Lindsay Lohan) to find her true voice before a live audience, there's still plenty of fun and mystery to be had at the old Fitzgerald before the final curtain falls on A Prairie Home Companion.~Jason Buchanan
Commentary with famed director Robert Altman and Kevin Kline
I have always been a fan of Garrison Keiller and Lake Woebegone Days. I was introduced to that media back in the 1980s on Saturday Night Live where Mr. Keillers popularity grew beyond a cult like status when he would appear and read passages from his iconic novel..
There is something warm yet forlorn about Lake Woebegone, and The Prairie Home Companion. On one hand its funny as hell, mixing old school entertainment with the edge of the 2000's. On the other, it is speaks of a time that is long gone, maybe never to return again.
The cast is stellar. Even Lindsay Lohan delivers, and holds her own, with the likes of this all star cast.
The story although predicable, is enjoyable for all ages. Take a chance. Turn down the lights to a candle like flicker, pop some popcorn, get comfortable with someone you love, allow yourself to get lost in the story and message. You will enjoy this fine family fare.
I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
The movie showed great improvisattion, enjoyable singing and great humor. The cast seemd to really have fun working together. The movie was just like the radio show.