A Prairie Home Companion


Garrison Keillor's inimitable homespun humor takes center stage in Robert Altman's freewheeling adaptation of Keillor's popular NPR radio show. Set in a Minnesota theater, the film takes place on the very last night for Keillor's program and every member of the ensemble is in rare form. There's country and western sister act Yolanda and Rhonda (Meryl Streep and Lily Tomlin), and Yolanda's morose teen daughter (Lindsay Lohan). There's the harried, very pregnant stage manager (Maya Rudolph) and two crusty cowboy crooners (Woody Harrelson and John C. Reilly). There's private detective Guy Noir (Kevin Kline) skulking around the theater, chasing a mysterious woman in white (Virginia Madsen). That's not even to mention Keillor himself as master of ceremonies, who delivers his lines in his usual shambling, offbeat patter. This may be Nashville-lite, but it's still a whole lot of fun. And any movie that reunites Robert Altman with Lily Tomlin is a cause for celebration.

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