"Lead on, McDuff!"
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Maura Tierney as Lady McBeth, James LeGros as McBeth and Christopher Walken as McDuff deliver excellent comical, deadpan performances. Writer/director Bily Morrissette cleverly inserts many of the details from Shakespeare’s morality tale into the comical shenanigans swirling around the fast food setting. Regrettably, however, he fails to insert an equivalent scene of Macbeth’s famous, emotional discovery of Lady Macbeth’s suicide. This dilutes the power of the famous story that he has borrowed. SCOTLAND, PA also includes some strong foul language and comical homosexual references that make it unsuitable for most teenagers and many adults
(C, B, O, PaPa, Ho, PC, LLL, VV, S, NN, AA, DD, M) Christian worldview with moral elements in a modern re-telling of Shakespeare’s play MACBETH about an ambitious married couple seduced by evil occult witchcraft, spoiled by some pagan elements & some comical homosexual references; politically correct aspect because vegetarian defeats villains who sell meat; about 50 mostly strong obscenities, 13 strong profanities & 6 mild profanities; moderate level of violence, much of it implied, includes man accidentally (and fatally) falls into deep fryer (partially off screen), man hit on head twice, man bound & gagged, man shot to death off screen in barn, woman chops off her hand & bleeds to death off-screen, fighting, & object fatally impales man’s stomach area; implied homosexual tryst when dead man’s younger son dressed in robe shows up with male friend one morning, passionate heterosexual kissing & visit to a club with partially naked female dancers; rear female nudity & partial upper female nudity in nightclub, plus nude male streaker runs past camera in longshot; alcohol use & drunkenness; smoking, marijuana use & villain drugs friend; and, stealing, lying, kidnapping, & teenage rebellion, but villains get their comeuppance.
SCOTLAND, PA is a hilarious, modern re-telling of William Shakespeare’s great tragic play, MACBETH. It almost perfectly catches all of the story elements of MACBETH, but, regrettably, without Shakespeare’s wonderful language.
Writer and director Billy Morrissette takes quite a few liberties by comically setting the tale in the burgeoning empire of fast food restaurants in the early 1970s in rural Pennsylvania. He reportedly developed his idea while working at a Dairy Queen more than 20 years ago.
In this retold tale, Maura Tierney of TV’s ER and James LeGros of TV’s ALLY MCBEAL play the McBeths, a restless, passionate, power-hungry couple who hatch a plan to catapult themselves out of their dead-end jobs at the local hamburger joint, Duncan’s. Christopher Walken plays Detective McDuff, who investigates the mysterious death of the owner of the restaurant, Mr. Duncan. Attention focuses on one of the sons of Duncan, who had an argument with his father and who then sells the restaurant to the McBeths. Meanwhile, three spaced-out hippies play the witches who, in Shakespeare’s play, lead the McBeths/Macbeths on their murderous rampage.
The three leads in this morality tale, Tierney, LeGros and Walken, deliver excellent comical, deadpan performances. At one point, for example, Mr. McBeth shoves a hamburger into the mouth of Detective McDuff, who’s a vegetarian. Morrissette cleverly inserts many of the details from Shakespeare’s play into the comical shenanigans swirling around the fast food setting. Regrettably, however, he fails to insert an equivalent scene of Macbeth’s famous, emotional discovery of Lady Macbeth’s suicide. This dilutes the power of the famous story that he has borrowed from the great bard. SCOTLAND, PA also includes some strong foul language and comical homosexual references that make it unsuitable for most teenagers and many adults.