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I knew it took place in Door County but I had no idea what it was about. It turns out it's a cute and clever boy-meets-girl love story set in Ellison Bay, WI - the northern tip of Door County - in the middle of winter. Anyone who has spent time in Door County will simply enjoy seeing spots they recognize, like the Skyway Drive In and The Viking Grill. Since most people have only been there in the summer, it's also a fun peek at what it looks like in the winter. The credits are a blast to watch at the end, thanking just about every Door County business and winter resident. And yes, they really do have the Jacksonport Polar Bear Plunge every year.
What I didn't expect was the good story! Tony Shaloub nails the part of the Door County Sheriff, antagonizing the main characters throughout the movie. Anyone who loved him in Monk will enjoy seeing him play this quirky and funny character, who is quirky and funny in entirely different ways than his TV detective. The rest of the cast are unfamiliar to me but that made it more fun since I can really imagine them in this setting. The movie is a cute love story and it made me laugh. Taking place "up north", it is refreshingly not hollywood, and I think that is what sets it apart. You don't have to be a Door County fan to enjoy this movie - the story does support itself - but it's definitely an added bonus. You will just get a few more of the jokes, and giggle at some stuff (like when Joe "runs" from Ellison Bay to Jacksonport, which is like 20 miles). Overall, I think it's well done and I highly recommend it!
The movie is funny in a low key way. Tony Shalhoub uses the same neurotically quirky kind of humor he displayed in his TV shows, and Barry Corbin more or less reprises "Northern Exposure's" Maurice in a reassuring way. The buddy character is similar to (though less annoying than) a Zack Galifianakis character, and the protagonist and the young girl are just nice people. The other characters, like the church choir ladies, are broadly drawn without being demeaning. Garrison Keillor wanted to capture this vibe in "Prairie Home Companion" but went too far because he used the other characters merely as foils for his own. Tony Shalhoub managed to avoid that.Read more ›
Not too heavy either this is a perfect movie to have around and is suitable to watch with the whole family.
A great bonus is the varied scenery and locations the movie was filmed in.
This is a real treat.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Quirky and funny while at the same time not demeaning to our Door County friends!Published 21 days ago by Melanie
I liked Joe, and his trip to Wisconsin was entertaining. Would like to see Ross Partridge in more films. Michael Chernus was funny as his upbeat friend. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Julie Recker
Can't even begin to tell you how funny this movie is. We are from Wisconsin and have been to Door County many times so we recongized the landmarks. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Beve
So funny!! Bought two copies already -- will need a third. This is a great gift for any guy, especially if he loves fishing.Published 18 months ago by imsimply