New York Times - 02/08/2002
"...A clever comic riff on Macbeth..."
Entertainment Weekly - 02/22/2002
Movieline's Hollywood Life - 02/01/2002
"...Tiernay takes ferocious cold-bloodedness to a riotous extreme..."
Chicago Sun-Times - 02/15/2002
"...Tierney, in the juiciest role, actually evokes some of the power of the original Lady Macbeth..."
Yahtzee, chicken nuggets, weed-smoking clairvoyant hippies, Shakespearean refrains, and jamming rock songs by Bad Company are some of the key elements of director Billy Morrissette's ode to MACBETH and early 1970s small town America. A comic interpretation of the William Shakespeare classic, SCOTLAND, PA tells the story of a fast food restaurant called McBeth's, an innovative establishment that offers drive-through service. However, the success of the restaurant's young owners, the stylish and popular local couple Mack and Pat McBeth (James LeGros and Maura Tierney) is largely due to the convenient murder of its former owner (James Rebhorn). When the quirky vegetarian Lieutenant Ernie McDuff (Christopher Walken) is assigned to investigate the murder, each of Scotland's strange characters--the tanning salon operator, the homeless guy that lives in a barn, the perpetually drunk barfly--come forward to share what they know about the case. Some of the funniest moments of the film come from the lieutenant's interrogations of the teenage sons of the late restaurant owner, the amped rock guitarist Malcom (Tom Guiry) and his poised, artistic gay brother Norm (Geoff Dunsworth). SCOTLAND, PA is a funny, light hippie movie with an excellent grasp of '70s music, decor, and dress.