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Starring: Frances McDormand, William Macy, Steve Buscemi, Harve Presnell
MPAA Rated: R
Kiddie Movie: Wait till they go to bed.
Date Movie: Sure.
Gratuitous Sex: One scene, almost.
Gratuitous Violence: Lots of people getting shot and a leg in the wood chipping machine.
Action: Not really - more of a thriller.
Laughs: No comedy here.
Memorable Scene: The whole movie.
Memorable Quote: Hooker being questioned: "He wasn't circumcised." Police Chief :"Was he funny lookin' apart from that?"

A Video/DVD Review


Rated - R

It's 1:38 Long

A Review by
The Dude on the Right
I generally don't like drama type movies, and was kind of hesitant to watch "FARGO," but critics raved about it, and I had to see if they were right. They were.

The general premise of "FARGO" is it's a story of a kidnapping plot gone wrong. The husband dude, Jerry Lundegaard (William Macy) hires two thugs to kidnap his wife. See, he's in debt and needs some money so he figures he can hire these guys to grab his wife, get the "ransom" money from her father, get his wife back, pay off the thugs, and pay off his debts. Unfortunately the two thugs kill some people on the way back to their cabin and the cops get involved. That's the simple story.

What I guess struck me about this movie was how it portrayed the simpletons of Minnesota, thugs who develop an attitude, and how even the most well thought out plans can go wrong. The cop involved is Police Chief Marge Gunderson (Frances McDormand) who can go down as one of the greatest detectives in the last century. It's weird, she seems totally unfazed that these murders happened. I guess she was more concerned about her pregnancy. Somehow she starts to put the pieces together. She gets some phone records, tracks some calls to where Jerry works, and ties together the missing wife with the murders. Then there is poor Jerry who seemed to have a perfect plan, all until his father-in-law decides he should be the one to hand over the ransom money when the thugs get more greedy.

There is nothing monumental about the acting, and I guess that's what made it so good. Everyone had to play people who worked around the problems they were having and not let it interfere with them getting through the day. From the Police Chief's husband getting his artwork on a three cent stamp, to the witnesses being questioned in the bar giving descriptions of the thugs as "funny lookin'" and "the Marlboro Man," you would never think anyone there could figure out these crimes.

It's one of those movies where you sit there and you can't stop watching because you're wondering how these seemingly stupid people can get into such entangled predicaments, and what's more, how they're going to get out of them.

If you're looking for an action movie this ain't it. If you're looking for a movie with a lot of sex, this ain't it. But if you're looking for a movie to keep you so riveted to your chair that rather than just put the VCR on pause and go to the bathroom you wait until the movie is done, rent "FARGO." I loved the acting, the portrayal of the Minnesota people, complete with "yah, hey der" accents, and the twisting story. For that I give "FARGO" 4 1/2 stars.

That's it for this one, I'm The Dude on the Right!! L8R!!


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