A Prairie Home Companion
is Robert Altman
's last film, released in 2006. Loosely adapted
from Garrison Keillor's radio variety show of the same name
, it stars an Ensemble Cast
and Garrison Keillor As Himself
Tropes from the movie:
- Angel Unaware: Asphodel
- As Himself: Garrison Keillor. Actually, the character he playes is credited as "G.K.", with some notable personality differences: the Real Life Keillor doesn't have any problems with giving memorials on the radio, including moments of silence, and is only slightly less of a Cloud Cuckoo Lander than his film equivalent.
- Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Guy Noir most definitely and a lot of his clients; Garrison to a lesser extent.
- Continuity Nod: The station the film's version of APHC airs on, WLT, first appeared in Keillor's novel WLT: A Radio Romance.
- Dead Air: After one of the singers passes away backstage during the show, they briefly consider having a moment of silence for him on the show.
- Deadpan Snarker:
Lola Johnson: This isn't really going to be your last show, is it?
Garrison Keillor: Every show is your last show. That's my philosophy.
- The Grim Reaper: Asphodel.
- Mood Whiplash: Done brilliantly when the Johnson Sisters' heartbreaking duet "Goodbye to my Mama" is followed up immediately by Dusty and Lefty singing "Bad Jokes" which is 4 1/2 minutes of pure, unadulterated comedy.
- Murder Ballad
- Never Say "Die": Averted; we're told outright that, at the request of Guy Noir, Asphodel caused the critic's car to plunge fatally over a cliff because it makes no difference in the end.
- Only Sane Man: The two stage managers, hustling around behind the scenes trying to make sure the show happens despite the talent.
- Pun: Most of the jokes in the "Bad Jokes" song.
- The Show Must Go On : A theme explored in all its facets, with some of the cast members, especially Lindsay Lohan's character, thinking Keillor is a little callous when he refuses to pause when one of their own dies during production.
- The film's credits avert this, it plays over the cast singing and performing even After the End.
- Sound to Screen Adaptation
- Straw Critic: The man in charge of closing the show.
- Those Two Guys: Dusty and Lefty
- While Rome Burns: The singers bravely put on one last show for the memories.
- "Well Done, Son" Guy: "Well done daughter woman", more like. Guy Noir helps quite a few people with these issues.
- Woman in White: Pops up a few times in Guy Noir.