6 Magical Movies Set in Wisconsin
It's not California and it's certainly not New York. The state of Wisconsin, better known as the home of the cheeseheads and the Green Bay Packers, is normally about dairy farms watching the Milwaukee Brewers play in the summer. Movies? Sure, people in Wisconsin love to go and eat their popcorn coated with double doses of oily butter. But for a state that's not exactly glamorous, it has been the setting for a number of films. The six flicks on this list all feature Wisconsin as the setting.
1. "Tommy Boy"
Big Tom Callahan is the owner of Callahan Auto Parts. His son Tommy is on the seven-year plan at Marquette University in Wisconsin. After he finally graduates, Tommy comes home and must take over the business after his father's sudden death. Tommy learned little from his time in Wisconsin other than how to drink, and the film is a series of mis-adventures between Tommy (Chris Farley) and Richard (David Spade) as they go on a tour around the midwest to sell brake pads and keep the company alive.
2. "Mr. 3000"
Stan Ross (Bernie Mac) played for the Milwaukee Brewers and was one of the team's best hitters. However, Ross was an incredible egomaniac in this fictionalized account and he retires from the team in the middle of the season as soon as he records his 3,000th hit of his career. When a clerical error reveals that Ross actually had 2,997 hits when he retired, he launches a comeback to get his 3,000th hit.
3. "Michael Clayton"
Michael Clayton (George Clooney) is a powerful New York attorney with a gambling problem. He is also one of the best lawyers that his firm has in its employ. When one of his bosses, Arthur Edens, has an unusual outburst while leading a deposition in Milwaukee, Clayton goes to Wisconsin to fix the problem. Clayton gets Edens out of jail, but he later escapes and is assassinated.
4. "The World's Best Prom"
This was a 2006 documentary film about the annual high school prom in Racine, Wisconsin. In this film, Racine is a community that is gripped by prom-mania every year. The town's Rotary Club introduced an event called the "Mega Prom" after an alcohol-related death at the prom years ago.
5. "Lars and the Real Girl"
Lars Lindstrom is a sweet and quirky young man living in Wisconsin who struggles to meet girls. As a result, he develops a "relationship" with an anatomically correct doll named Bianca. Since Lindstrom is so nice, the community accepts the doll and there are several ways the doll influences the community.
6. "Love Actually"
A young British man named Colin Frissell (Kris Marshall) leaves his homeland and flies to Milwaukee, Wisconsin because he believes he will be more successful romantically with warm and friendly American girls than he was at home with English girls. While his best friend tells him that his plan is ridiculous and that he will strike out in America just like he does in England, Frissell goes anyway and is filled with confidence. He meets sexy Carole-Ann (Elisha Cuthbert) and three of her friends and has the time of his life.