The Godfather of Green Bay | Chicago Reader

The Godfather of Green Bay

This low-budget independent feature is supposed to be a comedy about stand-up comics, but I didn't hear a single laugh. Writer-director Pete Schwaba stars as a longtime comedy contender in LA who's told he can audition for the Tonight Show at a roadside bar in northern Wisconsin, where a talent scout returns annually for the “Rocktoberfest.” He winds up romancing a former high school teacher (Lauren Holly, the film's only bright spot), who's been dating a drug dealer, the title thug (Tony Goldwyn). Schwaba's uncertainty as a director is underlined by the almost arbitrary jump cuts, freeze-frames, and sped-up action (2005). R, 90 min.

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