Scotland, PA ★★½ 2002(R)
Shakespeare's “Macbeth” meets Mcjobs in director Morrissette's original black comedy set in 1970s rural Pennsylvania. Far from royalty, these McBeths, Slacker Mac (LeGros) and wife Pat (Tierney), are burger flippers at Duncan's, toiling away on minimum wage. At Pat's urging, they off nepotistic restaurant owner Norm Duncan (Rebhorn) after a promotion goes to his two sons. After a fryer “mishap” and a coverup, the power-hungry couple are then free to have it their way, remodeling the restaurant and changing the name to McBeth's, complete with a (wink-wink) giant “M.” However, vegetarian cop McDuff (Walken) is assigned to find Duncan's killer. Falls just short of reaching full potential, but Tierney is especially great and the black humor should prove enjoyable for both Shakespeare and non-Shakespeare fans alike. 102m/C VHS, DVD . US Maura Tierney, James LeGros, Christopher Walken, Kevin Corrigan, James Rebhorn, Tom Guiry, Amy Smart, Andy Dick, Josh Pais, Geoff Dunsworth; D: Billy Morrissette; W: Billy Morrissette; C: Wally Pfister; M: Anton Sanko.