I also saw this in the theatres expecting something borderline and walking out thinking it was one of the better films I've seen in a long time. Never was aware that Garrison Keilor had this real radio show going on all these years but its transformation into a movie is without a doubt a stroke of movie magic. Not normally a fan of Robert Altman who tends to gather large casts of great celebrities into long, drawn out films with virtually no plots. However, this is truly an exception. GK's script stays faithful to his radio show while the varied cast adds life to characters. The film starts out slowly and you never know just where its going to go but by the end it all gels and you walk away feeling good. This is definitely the sleeper hit of 2006. Surprises? Normally - Woody Harrelson whom I find irritating is not so much in this, Meryl Streep really can sing and Lindsay Lohan as the typical "I hate life" daughter who appreciates her mom and turns macabre into silly fun at the end. Highly recommended.