Let’s Go to Prison
Release year: 2006
Director: Bob Odenkirk
Screenwriter: Robert Bent Garant, Thomas Lennon, Michael Patrick Jann, Jim Hogshire (novel ‘You Are Going to Prison’)
Starring: Dax Shepard, Will Arnett, Chi McBride, David Koechner, Dylan Baker, Michael Shannon, Amy Hill, David Darlow
When John Lyshitski (Dax Shepard) is sent to prison by judge Biederman (David Darlow) as a kid it only makes him more criminal leading to a life spent mostly in prison, something he blames the judge for. So when released he decides to pay Biederman back, only problem is that Biederman is dead and buried. Instead Lyshitski decides to punish Biederman’s son, the arrogant and selfish Nelson (Will Arnett) and soon rich boy Nelson is on his way to jail. Deciding to make sure the punishment is sufficient, Lyshitski gets himself arrested and in the same cell as the object of his hate.
Directed by comedian Bob Odenkirk (The Brothers Solomon, 2007) this could have been average but is instead a brilliant written, funny and well-acted comedy with a fresh story. But no matter how great the story and jokes are, it wouldn’t have mattered if it hadn’t been for the great performances delivered by everyone involved. Especially Shepard (The Judge, 2014) entertains with spot on facial expressions as he enjoys Biederman’s downfall. Also great is Arnett (Blades of Glory, 2007) making it extremely enjoyable to follow his character through the different stages and McBride (The Frighteners, 1996) leaves an impression as the gentle giant wooing Biederman in the prison. Surprisingly good!
Filmed at the now closed and historic Joliet Correctional Center in Joliet, Illinois – the same prison where the opening sequences of The Blues Brothers (1980) were shot.
Picture copyright: UIP