My wife and I laughted a fair amount, especially with the permission the empty theater allowed.
Ben Witherington has an excellent post on his blog that reviews the film along with some of his personal thoughts: A Prairie Home Companion-- A Eulogy to Things Dying from the Heartland.
With the movie being all about death I was sort of surprised they didn't work an Emily Dickinson poem in with all the references to death.
The cast was, of course, excellent and the movie relatively plot-less but theme & dialogue full.
When I discovered Lindsay Lohan was in the cast I wrote the post: "That's weird" or What I thought When I saw Lindsay Lohan in the A Prairie Home Companion Preview. Lohan did a good job...but she certainly was no June Carter, if you know what I mean.
(Christopher Campbell in talking about Running With Scissors recently claimed that Evan Rachel Wood would win an academy award in her lifetime, perhaps in the next decade. And also that she could be effective in any of the roles going to the likes of Kristin Dunst, LINDSAY LOHAN, Kate Bosworth, and Bryce Dallas Howard. And in response, yea, I bet Evan Rachel Wood would have done really well at this part...I wonder if she can sing?)
In conclusion a couple lines from the songs of A Prairie Home Companion that made it into the film:
"Goodbye to my Mama, my uncles and aunts,
One after another they went to lie down.
In the green pastures beside the still waters
And make no sound.
Their arms that held me for so many years,
Their beautiful voices no longer I'll hear,
They're in Jesus' arms and
He's talking to them
In the rapturous new Jerusalem."
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