Scotland, PA
Director: Billy Morrissette
Year: 2002
TRT: 1:44

Reviewed: 6/29/05

Nicely done. Good jab at the fast-food industry to boot.

Shakespeare's MacBeth set to 70's Americana, with a shitload of Bad Company (as in the band, not necessarily a bunch of badass mofos that warrants a capital B & C). I could spoil it for you and say how it all goes down, but I won't. I would suggest picking up the original tale by the Bard himself, but damn if that ain't some pretty drole shite to sort through, in verse no less. Thank Cthulhu for film!

Nice, mellow role put in by Christopher Walken as the investigating Lieutenant called in to check out the suspicious murder of a small-town restauranteur. Maura Tierney as the driving force, and her fellow News Radio co-star Andy Dick in a minor role of carny psychic, which, really, just insults real carnys. Damn, that guy's even worse than Carrot Top, why's he still even remotely familiar to the general viewing audience? I guess it's only about, what, four more years before he ends up shilling some kind of telephone service in television commercials?

Great Scene: Ironically, the climatic scene that is, indeed, not set to a Bad Company song. They use Three Dog Night. It may not actually be the best scene, but it ties it all up with something other than Bad Company. Don't get me wrong, I love the band, and personally think Paul Rodgers is a damn fine singer. But variety is the spice of life, you know?

Media Notes: Apparently this is the "Special Edition" that I got a hold of through Netflix. Can't say for sure, but I'm rather puzzled why this one could possibly be any different from the regular version. It does contain a director commentary and some weak-ass extras, but I ignored them all just to spite them.


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