‘Small Town Wisconsin’ review: The journey of father and son goes awry

Divorced father Wayne (David Sullivan) takes advantage of a soon-to-be justifiably abolished joint custody arrangement, and entertains his young son, Tyler (Cooper J. Friedman), in an unconventional way. Wayne takes Tyler to the home Wayne grew up in (they enter the property through a hole in a chain-link fence; nearby hangs a sign that reads “Bank Owned”) and the stranglers imitate his abusive and alcoholic father who dumped him at his ancestors’ dinner table.

“Small Town Wisconsin,” directed by Milwaukee native Nils Muller, is based on a script by Jason Naczyk, and is the story of a man Bob Dylan knows something is going on but doesn’t know what it is. Tyler’s mother and her new partner move west from the working-class suburb of Wisconsin where they live. Wayne is angry and confused about this but can’t make a case for himself. This also angers him and turns him. Of course, he is also an alcoholic.

He’s planning a great weekend for him and his son: a trip to Milwaukee and a Major League baseball game. Wayne’s ex insists on escorting – where Chuck (Bill Heck), Wayne’s best friend, comes along.

Chuck warned. “I’ve been part of your failed missions before,” Lowen said. The trip went wrong in several ways (one of which had to do with Wayne’s lack of credit cards). This forces the men to take refuge with Wayne’s estranged sister (Kristen Johnston). Who, as you might imagine, has some life lessons to impart.

Muller’s direction is patient and sensitive, the cast is witty and committed, and the comedic aspects of the picture sometimes earn a chuckle. But “Small Town Wisconsin” isn’t distinctive enough to rise above the standard-issue cinematic meditation on the arguably poignant case of the white American villain.

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unclassified. Show duration: 1 hour and 49 minutes. In theaters and available for rent or purchase on Google Play, Vudu, and other streaming platforms and pay-TV operators.

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