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'The Homesman' Trailer Needs All the Tommy Lee Jones Side Eye It Can Get; Luckily, It Has Plenty

By Cindy Davis | Trailers | May 12, 2014 | Comments ()


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If you read only the description of The Homesman I’m not sure how interested you’d be (“A claim jumper and a pioneer woman team up to escort three insane women from Nebraska to Iowa.”) As the trailer begins, Hillary Swank’s monotone instructions paired with her ultra “plain” take-me-serious appearance, had me *this close* to an eye-roll…then WHAMMO. Tommy Lee Jones spoke, used his wonderfully expressive face to get me giggling, and suddenly things got interesting. Still, this adaptation (the seventh of Glendon Swarthout’s novels to be filmed) written and directed by, and starring Jones might be a tough sell if not for the crusty, old coot playing up his cootishness. This is why we love Tommy Lee, and this is why we’ll watch…well him and the rest of the excellent cast, including James Spader, William Fichtner, John Lithgow, Miranda Otto, Hailee Steinfeld, Tim Blake Nelson, and mom and daughter team, Meryl Streep and Grace Gummer. Gotta give Swank kudos for keeping that ever so straight face.


That face he makes after saying “I can see why you’re still single” kills me.


The Homesman will premiere and compete at the Cannes Film Festival, which begins Wednesday.


Cindy Davis, (Twitter) knows there isn’t much better way to communicate than with this TLJ glance.

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  • pluiedenovembre

    I'm in. I love Tommy Lee Jones and his previous film, The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada, is one of my favorite films of the past 10 years

  • Uriah_Creep

    That was a very good film that did not get enough exposure.

  • mograph

    Excellent cootage.

  • HelloLongBeach

    Hillary Swank + Curmudgeon = great movie.

  • kirbyjay

    I can watch the shit out of Tommy Lee Jones.

  • BWeaves

    At least they look like people looked back then. I hope nobody else in the movie has Hollywood glamour makeup.

  • Aaron Schulz

    I really liked Hailee Steinfeld in True Grit, kinda wish shed expand beyond western. Either way im interested, John Lithgow as probably a 1850s preacher? Yes please.

  • Alicia

    kinda wish shed expand beyond western.

    She has. Among other things, she was in an adaptation of "Romeo and Juliet" a year or so ago, and she was in "Ender's Game."

  • Aaron Schulz

    Romeo and Juliet could be good, dont plan on seeing Enders Game but at least shes doing other things.

  • pluiedenovembre

    She's in Hateship Loveship with Guy Pearce, Kristen Wiig and Nick Nolte. It's based on a short story by Alice Munro.

  • mrsdalgliesh

    That cast is RIDICULOUS. Did they all work for scale? A more important question: do we get Spader and Streep in scenes together? Spader and Jones? Jones and Streep? I must know more.

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