Altman's self-styled look at the goings-on behind the scenes of a political campaign interweaved with a country music gathering. Fascinating ensemble, some of whom play themselves!
A prodigal son with a beer gut and a classic rock pedigree, Eldard's Jimmy Testagrossa has been touring with classic rock/art metal band Blue Oyster Cult since the 80s. "Aayyy, Jimmy Testicles!!" amped-up Bobby (Cannavale), who's now married to aspiring singer-songwriter Nikki (Hennessy), will shout more than once, with varying degrees of love, menace and rage. Nikki will break Jimmy's heart - and ours - with her voice, because she's really pretty good. And Jimmy - well, Jimmy will explode.
For over 20 years, Jimmy Testagross has lived his childhood dream: being a roadie for his childhood heroes, Blue Oyster Cult. But the band's Arena-Rock glory days are a distant memory. County fairs and club gigs pay the bills. And Jimmy has become a casualty of these leaner times. With no place to go, no job prospects, and no real skills outside of being a roadie, Jimmy needs to regroup. So he returns to his childhood home in Queens, Ny. There, he revisits old relationships: his ailing, widower mom, a high school crush, a former nemesis and, most importantly, his relationship with himself. Jimmy, the middle-aged man-child, has never grown up. He still carries the resentments and frustrations of his youth, and has allowed them to fester and define who and what he is. Confronted with his mother's illness, Jimmy has a choice: let go of the past and take responsibility for both himself and the woman who raised and now needs him. Or continue to live a life of lies and frustration.
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Jimmy, a longtime roadie for the legendary
Blue Oyster Cult, has been fired by the band. With nowhere else to go, he returns home to see his aging mom in Forest Hills, Queens, where a wild encounter with two old high school friends shows him that some things never change.
In the acclaimed performance that earned her the Academy Award® for Best Actress, Sissy Spacek stars as legendary Loretta Lynn, the dirt poor Appalachian Mountains girl who rose from humble beginnings to become the "Queen of Country Music." At eighteen, the mother of four children and busy housewife still finds time to write and sing songs at small fairs and local honky-tonks. Recognizing her raw talent and huge potential, her ambitious husband Mooney (Tommy Lee Jones) prods her into making a record and going to Nashville. After a performance at the Grand Ole Opry, the record becomes a smash hit, launching her career to super stardom and changing the sound and style of country music forever.
Middle-aged Jimmy loses his gig as roadie and moves in with his mother. With no job or skills, he must try to let go of his overextended adolescence.
Coal Miner's Daughter, starring Sissy Spacek and Tommy Lee Jones, is the remarkable true story of country music star Loretta Lynn and her triumph in making a name for herself.
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