Caucus This: 6 Films Set In Iowa

Tuesday, January 3 by

What’s Eating Gilbert Grape?

Gilbert Grape offers a representative slice of Iowa life in the form of a morbidly obese woman, a developmentally disabled teen, and a handsome man tasked with caring for both.

The film offers up a look at small town life, and the hardships of growing up self-reliant. Sort of like a Friday Night Lights without football.

Unfortunately, the title of the film is a metaphor, and the film is not a mystery that urges the audiences to deduce what kind of monster, animal or person is actually trying to consume Johnny Depp’s character. That would be a very different, but equally awesome movie, and one that would also be right at home set in Iowa.


This film about a “fallen angel” stars John Travolta, an angel that falls to Earth, drinking and smoking, but teaching people hallmark lessons along the way. During filming, it was reported, though not proven that John Travolta’s hair was the largest structure in Iowa, but when filming concluded, that title reverted to an abandoned ferris wheel about seven miles outside of Davenport, as the crow flies. Reckon that until that Russell Brand feller comes to these parts to shoot a film, that record’ll stay put, right where she is.

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