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The trailer for Nebraska showcases just about every possible positive about the film: direction from Alexander Payne (who previously gave us Citizen Ruth, Election, Sideways, About Schmidt, and The Descendants), gorgeous black and white photography by Phedon Papamichael, and an award-winning performance by the great Bruce Dern (as well as nice bits by Will Forte, Stacy Keach, and Bob Odenkirk).

The film is a father and son story (Dern and Forte), in which Dern’s character, cranky and ornery, gets a letter telling him he’s won $1 million.  He then demands that Forte accompany him from Montana to Nebraska to claim the money, despite Forte’s claims that there is no money, and the budding jealousy and greed of everyone around them.  Check out the trailer:

If there’s anything to nitpick here, it’s that Payne’s previous three films—Sideways, About Schmidt, and The Descendants—all involved a character who goes on a difficult and emotionally-involving road trip who, by the journey’s end, comes to some form of emotional catharsis and learns something about himself and his relationship to those he loves.  And, well, Nebraska appears to be about a difficult and emotionally-involving road trip in which characters will face emotional catharses and will learn something about themselves and their relationships to those they love.  Still, Payne does that better than just about anyone.

Nebraska is set for a November 15th release date.

What do you think of the trailer?