Audiences at the Sundance Film Festival got the first look at a Woody Harrelson movie shot right here in Minnesota, and the reviews are pretty decent.
The R-rated comedy Wilson was one of the "hottest tickets" in town at the film festival, the Star Tribune reports, and it received a "boisterous applause" from those who attended the world premiere.
Harrelson plays the lonely, misanthropic titular character in Craig Johnson's film, who finds out that he has a daughter who was given up for adoption by his ex, played by Laura Dern.
The movie, shot in 2015, was filmed in as many as 50 locations mostly around the Twin Cities. Locations included the St. Paul Farmers' Market, the Pioneer Press reported, as well as the Mall of America and Como Park. The Grand Forks Herald also reported on Harrelson arriving to film in Woodbury.
Initial reviews indicate the movie is a funny one, with The Hollywood Reporter noting it has "appealing performers and some tasty comic moments," but not quite enough was done to make the audience care about the main character," despite the "ambling charm" displayed by Harrelson.
Variety says it's the "sort of movie that's been known to do business" and notes Harrelson "brings his wide-awake edge" to what ultimately turns out to be a "soft-headed comedy" that strings you along "in its pleasant absurdist way" that becomes more implausible as it goes on.
IndieWire was more positive in its B-minus graded review, saying Harrelson's portrayal of a "loudmouthed, middle-aged creep" is appealing and the movie still manages to pull off "some endearing qualities."
The movie gets its full release on March 24. You can watch the Red Band (in other words, not-safe-for-work) trailer below.