Star-studded cast can’t save Breaking News in Yuba County | #Cheating | #Cheater | #marriage


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BREAKING News in Yuba Country wears its influences on its sleeve, but lacks the cleverness of writing to back up the style ending up wasting its star studded cast.

The catalyst for this violent farcical story is Sue (Allison Janney) discovering her husband Karl (Matthew Modine) in the midst of extra-marital affairs.

The surprise causes him to have a heart attack and die, and on her birthday too.

Camera IconRegina Hall as Cam Harris. Credit: Supplied

Sue however takes this as an opportunity, burying the body in a children’s playground and telling the police he has gone missing.

Because Karl happens to be caught up in a money laundering scheme with local crooks Mina (Awkwafina) and Raj (Clifton Collins Jr), the heat is off Sue leaving her free to become TV famous via her journalist sister Nancy (Mila Kunis) and local talk show host Gloria Michaels (Juliette Lewis).

There are further subplots involving Karl’s brother Petey (Jimmi Simpson) trying to get away from his thieving past for his pregnant wife Jonelle (Samira Wiley), working in a discount furniture store with his enabling boss Rita (Wanda Sykes).

Wanda Sykes as Rita and Jimmi Simpson as Petey.
Camera IconWanda Sykes as Rita and Jimmi Simpson as Petey. Credit: Supplied

Then there’s cop Cam Harris (Regina Hall) sporting an inexplicable mullet who seems to be in an entirely different film from everyone else.

Because there is so much going on, and it’s being done by reliably excellent actors, in the moment Breaking News in Yuba County feels like it should be entertaining.

And if its purpose is to demonstrate how white women weaponise their tears to get what they want, it definitely succeeds, but ultimately a lack of substance and wit lets the film down.

Awkwafina as Mina and Clifton Collins Jr as Raj.
Camera IconAwkwafina as Mina and Clifton Collins Jr as Raj. Credit: Supplied

Breaking News in Yuba County (MA)

Director: Tate Taylor

Starring: Allison Janney, Mila Kunis, Regina Hall

Two and a half stars

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