Top 5 Films Set In The Midwest

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Anderson and Bryan look inland at the TOP 5 FILMS SET IN THE MIDWEST.  They’ll go through their favorite movies set in the Heartland.

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Featured Artists: Jésus And The Rabbis, scyp, The Shakers, Scott Kay And The Continentals, Nikki Lynn Katt, Fabrizio And The Fever

Click here for a list of films discussed in this episode.


20 thoughts on “Top 5 Films Set In The Midwest

  1. Ah no way! I’m the one who got The Stakeout movies. First one is great – in love with Madeleine Stowe. Second one sucks


    Posted by mlong1984 | March 27, 2015, 7:01 PM
  2. Tommy Boy


    Posted by whitejq | March 25, 2015, 8:17 AM
  3. The Outlaw Josey Wales
    National Lampoon’s Vacation


    Posted by sburns2421 | March 24, 2015, 9:56 AM
  4. I finally listened to the episode in its entirety.
    I’m extremely surprised that no one mentioned “What’s Eating Gilbert Grape?” in ANY way. It’s THE film that I envision when someone says “rural/suburban Midwest.”
    Bryan, I can’t wait to listen to your/Andy’s review of “The Wrecking Crew,”
    bro, brah, bruh.


    Posted by Michael P. Gowdy | March 23, 2015, 8:14 AM
  5. No Halloween? That movie set the trend for horror movies to be placed in small, safe, quiet Midwestern towns.

    Anyway, people who think Nebraska is taking too many shots at Midwesterners didn’t grow up in the rural parts of the Midwest. It’s the exact same as Election. Payne nails those archetypes so well that when I think of those movies I remember the people I know who fit the archetypes better than the actors who played them. If Paul Thomas Anderson is the Poet of the San Fernando Valley, Alexander Payne is the Poet of the Midwest.

    Anyway, is anyone else shocked that Anderson is showing off his hatred of Nebraska AGAIN? The actual events Badlands of course happened in Nebraska, and some in Wyoming, but Malick decided to put it in South Dakota. Look at Anderson taking another chance to snub Nebraska… so typical.


    Posted by Native Nebraskan | March 21, 2015, 10:37 AM
  6. The worst thing about Bryan is that he actively has no sense of humor, but attempts to, and it comes across as antagonistic. Anderson will occasionally try to support one of his lame jokes, and out of nowhere, Bryan will turn on him (prom joke in this episode). I think he might be psychotic.


    Posted by Ryan Kaminski | March 20, 2015, 10:24 PM
  7. The first ten mins of this episode are possibly the funniest/best moments in Film Vault history. Wow.

    Totally have newfound respect for the Bald One for setting that up and then flinging openings Anderson like it was spring training BP.


    Posted by j3w | March 20, 2015, 8:15 PM
  8. BREAKING AWAY? How could that not be on this? I kept waiting for it…while I get why it might not make the Top 5, shocked – genuinely SHOCKED – it didn’t even get an Honorable Mention. It’s all about life in Bloomington, Indiana … that’s about as Midwest as it gets. And it’s SO good.


    Posted by greebytime | March 20, 2015, 4:12 PM
  9. I’m 99% sure that David Alan Grier’s bit in Road Hard was all Carolla’s idea. Clinging to the same old tired jokes and rants is sort of his thing. Why Bald Bryan still puts up with it I’ll never know.
    Anderson’s indignation was spot on. However, I don’t understand his review of Dear White People. It was intellectual instead of cartoony and over the top, yet he still didn’t learn anything? How’s this for a lesson: the first time he mentioned Dear White People a few months back, he commented that black people probably wouldn’t like it because it’s not a comedy full of stereotypical white racists.


    Posted by Brian (the right way) | March 20, 2015, 3:17 PM
  10. anderson, i stand in solidarity with you on Road Hard being a steaming pile of trash. signed – former carolla fan


    Posted by andrew | March 20, 2015, 2:09 PM
  11. I laughed ten times harder at Anderson’s review of “Road Hard” than I ever laughed at the actual film. I agree with almost everything that he said.
    Actually, there were only two parts that I laughed at in the movie: when Carolla is standing outside of the bathroom with a hard on as he asks the vomiting lady if she is alright and something that Howie Mandel said.
    I agree completely with Anderson that the production values felt like a student film, and even though David Alan Grier is quite possibly my favorite Saturday Night Live host ever, he told a tired joke and told it in a fairly poor way. It caused me to think that he doesn’t practice stand up often, which is fine. I know exactly how I could reword that joke and make it kill, but of course I could never say it as a white man.


    Posted by Michael P. Gowdy | March 20, 2015, 1:32 PM
  12. No love for winters bone, not a great movie but it is very Midwest. Gone girl and assassination of Jesse James to name a couple others.


    Posted by rcnrng | March 20, 2015, 9:03 AM
  13. I knew you would have something in there ripping on the Midwest, but it wasn’t as bad as I might have expected. Gummo is a character of Midwestern people from the mind of a left-wing, coastal elitist that sees all people in the Midwest as backwoods rubes. If you threw in satirical Midwest movies like Drop Dead Gorgeous or Fargo, that is fine, they are poking fun but not as insulting and anti-Midwestern as Gummo, which is not only a horrible characterization of the Midwestern people but one of the worst movies I have ever seen. And like Antichrist and all the other movies you claim to like, no one ACTUALLY likes those movies, they just like to come across as “edgy”. Lame.

    And Anderson, perhaps you should start recommending great movies for Bryan to watch like Badlands, rather than those ridiculous masturbatory films that no one actually likes, like Antichrist?

    Aside from that, I thought a great list overall from both. Still love the show and I am still addicted to it!


    Posted by moviejunkie | March 20, 2015, 8:27 AM
  14. I haven’t listened yet so maybe you explain this but – no Fargo, Ferris Bueler’s Day Off, and no Wizard of Oz?


    Posted by Momof3 | March 20, 2015, 4:03 AM

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