Not long ago my husband and I were at the local video store looking for some DVDs to add to our collection. Our video store generally has a good selection of used and previously rented DVDs available for sale at discount prices. They also run specials such as buy two used, and get one for $1. Every time we go we can usually find two or three movies to add to our collection. I was looking through the rack of newly arrived titles and saw the movie “Get Low”. I had never heard of it before but it looked interesting. We like quirky, lesser known movies anyway, so I picked it up and showed it to my husband. He hadn’t heard of it either, but agreed it sounded like something we would like.
We really enjoyed it. “Get Low” is a combination of folk tale and real-life legend about a hermit who wants to throw his own funeral while he is still alive. Robert Duvall plays Felix Bush, the hermit who wants nothing to do with the town he lives in or the people who live there. After another hermit dies and Bush hears the town folk telling stories about the man, Bush wants to hear for himself what the town would say about him after he was dead. So Bush recruits Frank (Bill Murray), the town’s funeral director, to plan his own funeral and carry it out before his death. Bush’s hope for his before-death funeral is to not only hear what the townspeople have to say about him, but to get a few things off his chest that he has been wanting to share with others.
Duvall, Murray and Sissy Spacek deliver admirable performances to this odd little movie. My biggest complaint with it is that there were a few slow moments, but all in all it’s a worthwhile movie. “Get Low” is rated PG-13 for some brief violent content.