Escanaba in Da Moonlight
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A family in the Upper Peninsula, Michigan has a storied tradition of deer hunting. Everyone in the family has bagged their fair share of bucks except Rueben Soady who is on the verge of becoming the black of the Soady family.
However, this year is going to be different. The Soady men have retreated to their cabin deep in the woods and things start changing, some for the better, others for the worse.
"It's like Christmas with guns," is how one happy member of the Soady family describes the opening day of hunting season. Rueben Soady (Jeff Daniels) is on the verge of becoming the oldest member of the entire line of Soady men to have never shot a buck. To change his luck, Rueben tries to convince his father and brother to change some of the time-honored rituals of their annual hunting pilgrimage, but this seems to set off a series of uncanny incidents involving UFOs, cards, backwoods whiskey, flatulence, and possession by native spirits. Escanaba in da Moonlight is a comic homage to hunting in upstate Michigan, written and directed by star Daniels. It's not for everyone--vegetarians, among others, will find its blithe celebration of deer hunting repugnant--but venison eaters may find Escanaba's offbeat Midwest humor entertaining. --Bret Fetzer
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So, basically, if are not into hunting or tall tales told by people who hunt, then you should probably pass on this movie. The exceptions would be if you are a "Yooper" or a fan of Jeff Daniels, although I suppose if you liked "Northern Exposure" this one might appeal to you somewhat. The story is set back in the fall of 1989, when Rueben had made it 43 years "widdout baggin' a buck" as they like to say up there and Deer Season had come around again. Fortunately Rueben has on his side his wife, Wolf Moon Dance (Kimberly Norris Guerrero), who assures him that this will be his year and has followed the Ojibwe traditions in preparing him for the hunt. Reuben's father Albert (Harve Presnell of "Fargo") serves as narrator when the film demands it, while Reuben's dopey brother Remnar (Joey Albright) chortles about Deer Season as being the equivalent of "Christmas" with guns. Also joining them at the cabin is Jimmer Negamanee (Wayne David Parker), who was once abducted by aliens, and Ranger Bob (Randall Godwin) of the DNR, who stops by as well. Now all Reuben has to do is not let his father and brother, the DNR, the space aliens, God, or the strange creature making noise out there in the woods stand in the way.
I am surprised my brother-in-law Pete is not in this movie, because most of the people in the film sound like Pete does when he launches into one of his stories, although they tend to be more about Scandinavians than about hunting as a general rule. "Escanaba in da Moonlight" is a nice little comedy without pretensions and an interesting use of a moose testicle. I was actually fooled by it because I got to thinking that what was happening was really an elaborate practical joke constructed by Reuben to get back at his family, but it turns out I was on the wrong track, which is not what you want to be doing out in the woods with people carrying loaded guns. My only real complaint is that while there is a documentary about the making of the film entitled "A Picture From Home: The Journey Through 'Escanaba in da Moonlight," you will not find that here but rather on a separate DVD. So if you really love the film, Jeff Daniels, and/or happen to live in Escanaba, you would be motivated to track that down, otherwise your experience will end here with the movie itself.
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I watch mine every year before deer season.
It reminds you what deer camp is about.