Freddie is a former stripper marrying Sam to repay a debt owed to nightclub owner Red. But Freddie is in love with Jjaks, Sam's brother. Jjaks and Freddie run off together, and Sam finds where they have been hiding and calls the cops. Meanwhile someone calls to blackmail Sam and Jjaks. In the end will it all work out?
Keanu Reeves (Jjaks Clayton), Cameron Diaz (Freddie Clayton), Vincent D'Onofrio (Sam Clayton), Delroy Lindo (Red), Dan Aykroyd (Det. Ben Costikyan), Courtney Love (Rhonda the Waitress), Drew Desmarais (Young Jjaks Clayton), Tuesday Weld (Nora Clayton), Aaron Michael Metchik (Young Sam Clayton), Russell Konstans (Joseph), David Alan Smith (Detective Lloyd), Bill Schoppert (Minister), Steve Ghizoni (Wedding Band Singer), Jack Walsh (Bob, at Gas Station), Buffy Sedlachek (Gas Station Attendant), Paul Smith (Horse Driver), Bill Vergis (Horse Thief), Scott Clemens (Horse Thief), Michael Rispoli (Manager of Motel), Arabella Field (Manager's Wife), Peter Syvertsen (Cop), John Carroll Lynch (Cop), Oliver Osterberg (Man on Phone), Max Perlich (Desk Clerk at Cowboy Style Hotel), Dale Dunham (Saddleback Motel Manager)...
Steven Baigelman (written by)
Danny DeVito (producer), Eric McLeod (co-producer), Carla Santos Shamberg (associate producer (as Carla Santos Macy)), Michael Shamberg (producer), Stacey Sher (producer), Erwin Stoff (executive producer)
Most films starring Keanu Reeves or Cameron Diaz are a safe bet for a big Hollywood blockbuster. This one stars both, yet is a rather low-profile affair which many poeple won't have heard of. Ironically, Reeves gives one of the best performances of his career because he isn't asked to play a one-dimensional man of action. Diaz is eye-opening too, as a foul-mouthed girl trapped in a dead-end existence.
The story tells of a young, aimless ex-con named Jacks Clayton (Reeves) who returns to the uninviting Minnesota town of his birth at the request of his mother (Tuesday Weld). She wants him there for the wedding of his elder brother Sam (Vincent D'Onofrio). However, when Jacks arrives he realises straight away that there's something rather fishy about the wedding. It turns out that Sam's bride Freddy (Diaz) has no desire to get married at all (she's only doing it because a nasty local gangster has bullied her into it). Before the wedding party is even over, Jacks has had sex with Freddy in the toilets; before the week is out, the pair have eloped intending to start over in Las Vegas. Suffice to say, Sam is pretty annoyed by what young Jacks has done....
Feeling Minnesota is a gritty, occasionally funny drama which benefits from its unfamiliar setting. Within its own admittedly twisted logic, the film's odd narrative works reasonably well. However, the characters are so amoral that it becomes hard to care what happens to any of them - including the supposed hero Jacks (who would make a fitting bad guy in most other pictures). The amount of coarse language is rather jarring too. You don't need to find swearing offensive to notice it, but if coarse language does bother you then it's safe to say that you'll be offended by the quantity of it in this film. The plot twists and turns in a very unpredictable manner, and makes for an interesting - if not entirely believable - experience.
Feeling Minnesota's title was inspired by some lyrics in the Soundgarden song 'Outshined': "I just looked in the mirror/And things ain't looking so good/I'm looking California/And feeling Minnesota". The band's lead singer and the song's composer, Chris Cornell, revealed to Blender magazine in 2005 that his lawyer told him that they could sue the filmmakers, but Cornell didn't want to be part of that, he was embarrassed about his song inspiring the film's title.
Да почувстваш Минесота (Bulgaria (Bulgarian title)) • Paixão Bandida (Brazil) • Minnesota Blues (Canada (TV title) (French title)) • Minnesota (Germany (video title)) • Luna sin miel (Spain) • Feeling Minnesota (Finland; France; Turkey (Turkish title)) • Ola tou gamou dyskola... (Greece (transliterated ISO-LATIN-1 title)) • Όλα του γάμου δύσκολα (Greece) • Féktelen Minnesota (Hungary) • Due mariti per un matrimonio (Italy)
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