A multi-layered film about a simpler time, "A Prairie Home Companion" proves you don't have to be a Garrison Keillor fan to appreciate it, but it sure doesn't hurt. Moviegoers John and Karen Cardwell joke, "We're Norwegian." John says, "Well, she is." Karen corrects him, "He's Danish. It's a mixed marriage."
Avid fans of the radio show, the Cardwell could hardly wait for "Minnesota Nice" to go Hollywood.
Karen says, "Oh yah, I'm sure it's going to be great! And Lily Tomlin and Meryl Streep being sisters, that'll just be a riot."
The film follows the variety show as the cast prepares for its final broadcast after 32 years. The movie cast boasts some of the biggest names in the business and their impressions of our fair state, are at times, uncomfortably accurate.
Time will tell if the radio show will translate on the big screen nationwide, but in the place where the women are smart, the men are good-looking and the children are all above average, it looks like Keillor's won himself even more appreciation. According to movie-goer John Cardwell, it's, "The greatest celebration of Minnesota values and culture ever put on film."
The film is rated PG-13.
By Amy Hockert, KARE 11 News
Copyright 2006 KARE 11 News