Breaking News in Yuba County
See It or Skip It?
See It: Skipping it wouldn't be the greatest loss in the world but it's an excellent stress release. The film has a big cast of predictable and familiar faces, it doesn't require you to think too hard and if you watch it at night, you'll be so exhausted from all your laughing, you'll go out cold right as soon as it ends.
Poor Sue Buttons (Allison Janney). No one cares or even remembers her birthday. No one at work, not her sister Nancy (Mila Kunis) or her loser husband Karl (Matthew Modine) who dies of a heart attack when she catches him cheating on her. Deciding a missing husband would be a good platform for attention, she buries the body, and a heavy bag he had that unbeknown to her contains 3 million dollars. This cold cash was supposed to laundered for crime boss Mr. Kim (Keong Sim). Sue becomes addicted to all the attention she receives and she has no intention of stopping. She soon struggles to maintain her lies as Mr. Kim, his daughter Mina (Awkwafina), Karl's mistress Leah (Bridget Everett), store owner Rita (Wanda Sykes) and police detective Harris (Regina Hall) all end up on her tail.
Breaking News In Yuba County is certainly not a bad movie but it has no place for quality to matter. Sometimes you just need something stupid to howl at on the couch because you've had a busy week and are feeling tired and stressed out. It's a film for stress release. Your cheeks will be bright red by the end from all the laughing you did. All the characters are so ordinary but they act like royalty because they think they're better than one another. None of them are sympathetic (except Sue in the beginning but women like her never leave their hellish marriages) but they make for great comic material. Awkwafina is the most memorable with her raspy voice and her ability to take complete charge at any moment, putting people right in their place.
The film is actually very violent at times but it's satire violence. Silly characters aren't seen as threats so the violence shouldn't be tough to stomach for audiences who don't do well with that kind of thing. You’ll have nothing to say after the film and there's really not much else for me to say about it now but everyone needs a good laugh right now and I assure you, you'll find it in this film. Laughter really is the best medicine.
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