Queens of Country | Chicago Reader

Queens of Country

This indie comedy tries a little too hard for cult status, trading in gags that are deliberately peculiar rather than funny. Set in a small Arizona town, it follows a line dancing champion (Lizzy Caplan) whose loutish fiance (Ron Livingston) likes to imitate John Wayne in The Conqueror during sex and whose best friend (Joe Lo Truglio) is, improbably, a pre-op transsexual. When she finds an iPod containing tracks by her favorite female country singers, she begins searching for the owner, convinced that the person is her soul mate. Directors Ryan Page and Christopher Pomerenke show more interest in form than most contemporary comedy filmmakers, as evidenced by the movie's detailed production design, romantic night photography, and bizarre narrative turns. But if you aren't hip to their mannered humor, these qualities might seem for naught.

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