Feeling Minnesota

1996

Feeling Minnesota

Critics Consensus

Clumsily derivative, shoddily assembled, and fundamentally miscast, Feeling Minnesota sets out for romantic comedy and gets irrevocably lost along the way.

14%

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Total Count: 21

27%

Audience Score

User Ratings: 10,789
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Movie Info

It's not unusual in the movies for a woman to be torn between two brothers, but she usually doesn't change her mind on her wedding day. Then again, hardly anything goes the way one might expect in this black comedy. Freddie (Cameron Diaz), a pretty but hard-as-nails stripper, dreams of some day dancing in a Las Vegas revue, but for the meantime she works at a seedy dive in Minnesota. Freddie is forced by the owner of the club, Red (Delroy Lindo), to marry his accountant, the less-than-charming Sam Clayton (Vincent D'Onofrio), as punishment for supposedly stealing from the strip joint's till (as a further indignity, Red has also had the word "slut" tattooed on her arm). Sam has a rocky relationship with his brother Jjaks (Keanu Reeves) -- his curious name is the result of a typing error on his birth certificate -- but Jjaks receives an invitation to the nuptials from their mother Nora (Tuesday Weld), and he arrives at the wedding reception only a few hours after he's released from prison. When Freddie and Jjacks meet for the first time, there's an immediate chemistry between them, so immediate that before the evening is out, the new in-laws are making love in a bathroom and Freddie has persuaded Jjacks to run away with her; Freddie has also grabbed Sam's bankroll to finance the unscheduled vacation. Sam, understandably enraged, vows to track them down and enlists the help of Ben Costikyan (Dan Aykroyd), a sleazy career criminal. Feeling Minnesota was the debut feature for writer and director Steven Baigelman.

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Cast

Keanu Reeves
as Jjaks Clayton
Cameron Diaz
as Freddie
Vincent D'Onofrio
as Sam Clayton
Tuesday Weld
as Nora Clayton
Levon Helm
as Bible Salesman
Drew Desmarais
as Young Jjaks Clayton
Aaron Michael Metchik
as Young Sam Clayton
Steve Ghizoni
as Wedding Band Singer
Buffy Sedlachek
as Gas Station Attendant
Paul Smith
as Horse Driver
Bill Vergis
as Horse Thief
Scott Clemens
as Horse Thief
Michael Rispoli
as Motel Manager
Arabella Field
as Motel Manager's Wife
Oliver Osterberg
as Man on Phone
Max Perlich
as Cowboy-Style Hotel Desk Manager
Dale Dunham
as Saddleback Motel Manager
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Critic Reviews for Feeling Minnesota

All Critics (21) | Top Critics (4) | Fresh (3) | Rotten (18)

  • Everything in and about Baigelman's debut is irritatingly derivative: second-hand plot, small-time characters, limited and movieish vision, and bad performances for Reeves and Diaz.

    Jul 1, 2006 | Rating: 1/4

    Emanuel Levy

    Variety
    Top Critic
  • Steven Baigelman, who wrote and directed, aims for offbeat, flippant Tarantino-esque lowlife kicks but misses the mark on every count, having no feel for characters, plot, action or dialogue.

    Nov 27, 2017 | Full Review…
  • Keanu Reeves does his usual impression of a man trying to get to grips with some really difficult arithmetic. Like him, the movie is dim-witted, bland to the taste and, all in all, rather a waste of space.

    Nov 13, 2017 | Full Review…
  • Might help you get to sleep at night?

    Nov 18, 2003 | Rating: 1/5
  • One bad screenwriting decision after another; it could be taught in film school as an example of what to avoid.

    Jan 1, 2000 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Feeling Minnesota

  • May 29, 2010
    What a crazy story about brothers. Keanu Reeves wasn't as nutty and alien as usual, especially when Vincent D'Onofrio played his character so deranged. I think the only real shining element was Cameron Diaz, who was a really good character. It's so trashy and odd, but you can go a lot worse in terms of romantic comedies.
    Conner R Super Reviewer
  • Apr 14, 2010
    It's not unusual in the movies for a woman to be torn between two brothers, but she usually doesn't change her mind on her wedding day. Then again, hardly anything goes the way one might expect in this black comedy. Freddie (Cameron Diaz), a pretty but hard-as-nails stripper, dreams of some day dancing in a Las Vegas revue, but for the meantime she works at a seedy dive in Minnesota. Freddie is forced by the owner of the club, Red (Delroy Lindo), to marry his accountant, the less-than-charming Sam Clayton (Vincent D'Onofrio), as punishment for supposedly stealing from the strip joint's till (as a further indignity, Red has also had the word "slut" tattooed on her arm). Sam has a rocky relationship with his brother Jjaks (Keanu Reeves) -- his curious name is the result of a typing error on his birth certificate -- but Jjaks receives an invitation to the nuptials from their mother Nora (Tuesday Weld), and he arrives at the wedding reception only a few hours after he's released from prison. When Freddie and Jjacks meet for the first time, there's an immediate chemistry between them, so immediate that before the evening is out, the new in-laws are making love in a bathroom and Freddie has persuaded Jjacks to run away with her; Freddie has also grabbed Sam's bankroll to finance the unscheduled vacation. Sam, understandably enraged, vows to track them down and enlists the help of Ben Costikyan (Dan Aykroyd), a sleazy career criminal. Feeling Minnesota was the debut feature for writer and director Steven Baigelman.
    Martin D Super Reviewer
  • Dec 07, 2009
    Feeling Minnesota is a nice forgetable movie.
    Wahida K Super Reviewer
  • Jan 09, 2008
    This is a film about two people who desperately are trying to escape their lives in Minnesota, but it never really gets off the ground. The performances are good and the characters are interesting but the film can't figure out if the situation these people are in is sad, funny, or violent. I think maybe if the script had recieved a few more re-writes it might have become the great black comedy it aspired to be.
    Alec B Super Reviewer

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