Pottersville stars two-time Oscar nominee Michael Shannon, who plays a beloved local businessman who is mistaken for the legendary Bigfoot during an inebriated romp through town in a makeshift gorilla costume. This is Pottersville, and its available for you to watch on Netflix, right now!
The title itself takes its name from the idyllic town of Bedford Falls from Frank Capra’s holiday classic It’s A Wonderful Life after its transformed into the darker and more depressing Pottersville. George Bailey – played by Jimmy Stewart – makes a wish that he was never born, so wingless-angel Clarence sets out to show him a world where he never was. He steps into Pottersville, named after the tyrannical despot of the town and George must realize his worth in this life. Surely Pottersville is some sort of parody or subversive critique of the name? Nope. It’s really about Michael Shannon being mistaken for Sasquatch after a night of heavy drinking.
Check out the trailer for Pottersville below:
The cast is rounded out by some pretty impressive names like Ron Perlman, Judy Greer, Ian McShane, Thomas Lennon, and Christina Hendricks. Did everyone involved just really need a paycheck this Christmas? If the movie is being played for genuine laughs why hire someone like Michael Shannon who can deliver menacing uncomfortable jitters or play against-type like in another Christmas-themed movie The Night Before? Pottersville is sure to go down as an oddity for all involved and creep up on lists of the best under-the-radar movies to watch at Christmas time.
Pottersville was produced by Ron Perlman’s production company Wing and a Prayer Pictures, which could explain how he landed so many well-known actors. After seeing the movie most would agree that there is nothing malevolent about its existence. It doesn’t ooze cynicism, it truly was made with good intentions by some like-minded and talented people but the film is mystifying in its own right, too.
Here’s the full synopsis of the movie:
It’s a long cold winter in Pottersville, and struggling store owner Maynard (Shannon) is hit by hard times. During a late-night drunken wander through town, Maynard is mistaken for the legendary Bigfoot, setting off an international media spectacle and attracting a lot of much-needed business for the town. When TVs Monster Hunter, Brock Masterson (Lennon) turns up and joins the Sheriff (Perlman) in his hunt for the beast, Maynard must maintain the illusion to protect the rebirth of his beloved town.
Even the poster itself looks like it would be in the background of some comedy movie about Hollywood. It’s a photoshop nightmare wrapped in faux-holiday cheer.
Pottersville is available to stream on Netflix right now, so get a viewing in for the holidays.
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