The difference between Will Forte‘s aging father in the trailer for Nebraska and any of our elderly loved ones is that this man makes good on our fear that they’ll follow through with phone scammers or that poor Nigerian prince who emailed them last week. And despite his son’s insistence that this sweepstakes does not actually exist and he is not, in fact, an overnight millionaire, dear old dad (Bruce Dern) just tunes out the news like it’s coming from one of the more liberal TV stations.
The Alexander Payne (The Descendants, Sideways) film could end there, but it takes a sweet turn when Forte’s character decides to humor his dad and pretend that the $1m prize exists, setting off on a road trip to claim it. That decision in itself is worth it just to make up the bulk of the trailer where you get to see the weird and wonderful faces of their family members, who all look like roughly varied versions of Forte’s dad wearing flannel. Adding to the strange surreality of the trailer is the fact that the film is shot entirely in black and white, which makes their roadtrip and that $1m seem so much more dire.
Check out the trailer for yourself here:
It’s a different role than we’re used to seeing from Forte, known, of course, for his comedy stints on Saturday Night Live, 30 Rock, and the ilk (my personal favorite: his role as Alan in Tim and Eric’s Billion Dollar Movie). From the trailer, he seems every part the capable, exasperated, and caring son just trying to help his dad not get swindled.
Nebraska is in theaters November 15th.