A Radio Show on Film
A Prairie Home Companion
Review by Ross Anthony

When this first came out, I wasn't quite interested enough to see it. Since then however, I've become a fan of Prairie Home. I even went to see PHC when it came to Los Angeles's Hollywood Bowl in 2016. What a lovely venue to enjoy that type of show – even from the second to last row.

So now that Garrison has retired from PHC, seeing the film became more alluring to me. It's not a film full of spectacle (after all, it is about a radio show), but it does have a gentle warmness to it. I can't help but fearing lay folks will find it a bit sleepy. That said, I especially enjoyed Lily Tomlin's performance. Found the Guy Noir character annoying (but that could just be because Kline is not Keillor.). Overall, the film fails to be a must see – although, the "Penguin Joke" scene is. Look it up on Youtube. Keillor is perfect. I laughed hysterically.

Poetically, the live performance I saw at the Hollywood Bowl turned out to be Garrison's actual last show as ringleader.

-- Books by Author/Illustrator Ross Anthony --


  • A Prairie Home Companion. Copyright © 2006.
  • Garrison Keillor, Kevin Kline, Meryl Streep, Lily Tomlin, Lindsay Lohan, Woody Harrelson, John C. Reilly, Virginia Madsen, Tommy Lee Jones, Maya Rudolph, Marylouise Burke, Susan Scott, Tim Russell, L.Q. Jones. Screenplay by Garrison Keillor. Directed by Robert Altman. Picturehouse

Grade..........................B (2/4)


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