Feeling Minnesota

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Feeling Minnesota
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Steven Baigelman
Produced by Danny DeVito
Written by Steven Baigelman
Music by Los Lobos
Cinematography Walt Lloyd
Edited by
  • Kristen Helsing
  • Martin Walsh
  • Thom Noble
Distributed by Fine Line Features
Release date
  • September 13, 1996 (1996-09-13)
Running time
99 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Box office $3,124,440

Feeling Minnesota is a 1996 American crime drama comedy film, written and directed by Steven Baigelman, starring Keanu Reeves, Vincent D'Onofrio, Cameron Diaz, Tuesday Weld, Dan Aykroyd, Delroy Lindo and Courtney Love.

The title comes from the Soundgarden song "Outshined", which features the line "I'm looking California, and feeling Minnesota".


Freddie (Cameron Diaz) is a former stripper marrying Sam (Vincent D'Onofrio) to repay a debt owed to nightclub owner Red (Delroy Lindo). When Freddie meets Jjaks (Keanu Reeves), Sam's brother, they instantly fall in love. Jjaks and Freddie decide to run off together, eventually staying in a motel. After realizing that they don't have any money, Freddie and Jjaks decide to go back and steal some of Sam's money. Sam catches Jjaks in the act and they have a fight. After escaping, Jjaks returns to the motel, unaware that Sam has been following him. After Jjaks passes out due to the fight, Sam ends up shooting Freddie in the stomach in Jjak's car, and tries to frame the killing on Jjaks by returning Freddie's body to the motel room along with the murder weapon.

The next morning, Jjaks awakens having no memory of anything that happened after his fight with Sam. Seeing Freddie's body in the room along with the gun, he briefly thinks that maybe he killed Freddie. After being tipped off by Sam, the police arrive but Jjaks hastily avoids being caught. He drives Freddie's body to a remote area in the woods and proceeds to lay her to rest. All the while, Sam has been watching these events from afar, hoping to see his brother arrested.

Sam now calls a friend, Detective Ben Costikyan (Dan Aykroyd), who promptly arrests Jjaks. The three of them, along with Ben's partner Lloyd (David Alan Smith), drive to the area where supposedly Freddie's body is. However upon arrival Freddie is nowhere to be found. Angered at Sam for wasting his time, Costikyan, along with Lloyd, drive off, leaving the brothers by the side of the road.

Jjacks and Sam return home. They receive a phone call from the manager of the motel (Michael Rispoli), who, based on seeing Sam carrying Freddie's body INTO the motel room and Jjacks carrying the body OUT OF the motel room, wants $50,000 to keep quiet. Jjaks now realizes that Sam was setting him up. After another fight, they come up with a plan: Jjaks will go to the motel to talk to the manager while Sam will see Red, hoping for a loan.

At this point, Red has learned that Sam's been stealing money from him for the past year. Sam ends up shooting and killing Red after a brief skirmish and collects the $50,000 from a safe. Jjaks meets with the motel manager but sees Freddie's necklace on the floor of the manager's apartment. Confused and angry, Jjaks throws the manager outside and threatens to kill him. Suddenly out of nowhere, an alive Freddie walks towards them, calling out Jjaks' name. She shows Jjaks her bullet wound and tell him that Sam's a bad shot. Also, someone picked her up from the side of the road where he'd left her body.

The next morning Sam calls Jjaks and tells him he got the money. However, after seeing Freddie alive from a nearby diner, he confronts Jjaks and Freddie in the manager's apartment. Sam ends up getting shot when Jjaks and Freddie try to defend themselves. Costikyan enters the hotel room and suffocates Sam by holding his hand against his mouth. It turns out that Freddie had called Costikyan after being rescued and used him to help her get the $50,000. A betrayed and wounded Jjaks is left helpless.

Some time later, Costikyan is arrested in his underwear inside a hotel. Freddie had tipped off the cops and left with the money. Jjaks and Freddie have since had a falling out, however Jjaks remembers Freddie's dream: that she wants to live in Las Vegas and be a dancer. He hitchhikes there and she says, with a smile: "what took you f***ing so long?" They embrace each other.



Feeling Minnesota generally received negative reviews from critics. Rotten Tomatoes gives the film 16%.[citation needed] However, Siskel & Ebert gave the film "two thumbs up."[1]


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 2/5 stars[2]

The film's soundtrack was released in August 1996 through Atlantic Records. The album received a mixed review from AllMusic reviewer Stephen Thomas Erlewine, ending his review with "the overall effect of the whole Feeling Minnesota juggernaut can't help but make you feel a little "'sick.'"

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Artist Length
1. "Ring of Fire" (Johnny Cash cover) June Carter Cash, Merle Kilgore Bob Dylan 4:20
2. "Shakey Ground"   Jeffrey Bowen, Al Boyd, Eddie Hazel The Temptations 4:02
3. "Disagreeable"   Page Hamilton Helmet 3:45
4. "Safe with Me"   Joe Henry Joe Henry 5:19
5. "In My Mind"   Jonny Polonsky Jonny Polonsky 4:17
6. "I Will Dare"   Paul Westerberg The Replacements 3:17
7. "How Does That Grab You, Darlin?"   Lee Hazlewood Nancy Sinatra 2:34
8. "Blasting Fonda"   Jeff Tweedy Wilco 4:17
9. "You Can Have Her"   William S. Cook The Righteous Brothers 2:47
10. "Family Affair"   Sylvester Stewart Spearhead 4:01
11. "Looking at the World Through a Windshield"   Jerry Chestnut, Mike Hoyer Son Volt 3:08
12. "Minnesota Medley"     Los Lobos 3:46
Total length: 45:33


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