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Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat Get All Sacred in “Nebraska”

In response to Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat’s 719‑word review of Nebraska on Spirituality and Practice

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Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, a husband and wife team writing for the metaphysically-minded publication Spirituality and Practice, offer their analysis of the new Alexander Payne dramedy Nebraska in “Film Review: Nebraska.”

Now, as a site dedicated to the divine, their reviews wind up looking more like a devotional than a film critique. They make no bones about the fact that there is little analysis here and, to them, the film serves more as a jumping off point for a lesson on generational relationships and big-hearted caregiving than a discussion on the merits of the film.

So, it’s a bit difficult to review a review which blatantly has no review, but the Brussats have titled this Film Review, and, as such, this is fair game to be judged by those standards. Unfortunately for the Brussats, this means that it must be given a failing grade.

There’s certainly a place for a dialogue about the spiritual implications of a film (especially a thoughtful, character driven one like this), but some sort of analysis of the film’s value as a film needs to be offered, and the Brussats have given readers nothing of the sort in which to sink their tofu’d teeth.    

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