Ensemble Comedy Chaos in ‘Breaking News in Yuba County’

“Where is Karl Buttons?” It’s the question everyone is asking in Breaking News in Yuba County, a madcap comedy crime thriller that looks as quirky—and potentially as dark—as a Coen Brothers film. What’s happening in the trailer? It’s a bit of a mystery, but there’s a lot of quick glimpses into the plot staggered with a lot of finger pointing and general excitement over the massively talented cast.  

Near as I can tell from the trailer, Sue Buttons’ (Allison Janney) husband, Karl (Matthew Modine), may have left her for another woman (Bridget Everett), and in the course of being upset at her husband’s infidelity tells a lie to a news reporter (Mila Kunis) that he’s been abducted. This causes alarm to the local PD (Regina Hall) who haven’t been alerted to a missing persons case while also causing some local gangsters (Clifton Collins Jr. and Awkwafina) some kind of an unclear headache. The result of the trailer is a mashup between Fargo and Burn After Reading and looks fantastically entertaining. I need to swoon over this cast because besides the amazing ensemble of actors already mentioned, Juliette Lewis, Ellen Barkin, Wanda Sykes, Jimmi Simpson, and Samira Wiley also add to the onscreen madness.  

I feel a lot of references to classic dark comedies while watching Breaking News in Yuba County’s trailer, the trailer has that small-town big story vibe, the kind that might attract national media attention and propel Sue into local celebrity status and national notoriety, similar to Serial Mom‘s Beverly Sutphin. Meanwhile we also have the gangster angle with Collins and Awkwafina hunting for Modine’s Karl that reminds me of Dennis Farina and Jack Kehler as hitmen keeping an eye on Stanley Tucci in the underrated ensemble comedy Big Trouble. Finally, as the trailer comes to a close and we get scenes of small-town chaos at a strip mall and furniture store with an added image of Sue digging what could be a grave; I can’t help but think of the end of Joe Dante’s The ‘Burbs. Whatever did happen to Karl Buttons in Yuba County, I can’t wait to find out. 

Breaking News in Yuba County is premiering on VOD and in select theaters on February 12 

So what do you think of the trailer for Breaking News in Yuba County? Do you agree with Sean that it looks madcap and quirky? Let us know in the comments! And if you’re looking for horror trailers we’ve got you covered!

Written by Sean Parker

Sean lives just outside of Boston. He loves great concerts, all types of movies, video games, and all things nerd culture.

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