The classic road movie started out with two young men riding a car or motorcycle across the United States in search of one thing and they found another. Usually, the latter was peace of mind or the ability to love. All that was updated with "Thelma and Louise." The two went off the cliff. Now we have a further permutation of the formula with "Nebraska," which is in black-and-white.
An aging broken-down-from-booze father Woody Grant and his unassertive, unambitious son David Grant hit the road to collect a sweepstake prize which does not exist. Woody receives one of those form letters informing him that he might have one of the winning numbers for the million-dollar prize and he will find out when he orders some magazines.
To collect, Woody wants to go to Lincoln, Nebraska, in person. The police pick him up when he starts walking there. Finally David caves and offers to drive him. The son's hidden agenda is to bond with the father.
The plot has many twists and turns, much of it involving the father's past. Along the way this dysfunctional family, at least the nuclear part of it, rediscovers love, tolerance, forgiveness, loyalty and generosity.