With our apologies to Tolstoy, every family is awkward in its own way too, and the Grants of Hawthorne, Nebraska, are no exception.
In Alexander Payne’s Nebraska, an unexpected accident on Woody Grant’s (Bruce Dern) trip to Omaha finds him thrust back into his hometown for an unwanted stay with his extended family. Needless to say, his visit is full of extended silences and clumsy sincerity as a group of near strangers connected by blood and marriage and a general idea of a social contract attempt to uphold some sense of kinship amidst the mundane realities of their lives.
And boy does it get awkward.
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Nebraska, which recently picked up six Independent Spirit Awards nominations, is currently playing in theaters.