“Saugatuck Cures”: The Movie

Saugatuck Cures

I don’t know what’s weirder about “Saugatuck Cures,” a family-friendly comedy set for release on June 30:

  • The name, which won’t resonate with 99.9999999% of American moviegoers (and does not exactly roll off the tongue).
  • The plot: “Drew and his best friend Brett set out on a road trip to pose as ex-gay ministers using exuberant high jinks to scam churchgoers, all in order to raise money for his mother’s experimental cancer treatment.”
  • The only pre-release review I saw (“dynamic … whole-hearted” — Edge). When was the last time you heard a movie described as “whole-hearted”?
  • The fact that it was filmed on location in Saugatuck. Okay, not our Saugatuck. This is the one in Michigan. But still.

There is one Westport connection — kind of. The TV evangelist in “Saugatuck Cures” is played by a guy named Kurtis Bedford.

Bonus fun fact: The film’s budget was $200,000 — the caterer’s rounding error for major films. 

(Hat tip: Dan Lasley)

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But wait! That’s not the only Saugatuck Westport/Michigan connection.

Alert “06880” reader Kate Davis finally got around to watching “Still Alice.” In the movie, the daughter of Julianne Moore — a woman with early onset Alzheimer’s — performs at the “Saugatuck Theater.”

Intrigued, Kate googled it — and found a link to a “Red Barn Saugatuck” in Michigan.

Is that a Midwest way of remembering that before the Nisticos’ current restaurant by Exit 41, they owned the Arrow down at Exit 17?

8 responses to ““Saugatuck Cures”: The Movie

  1. Adam Schwartz '75

    Slow news day, Dan?

  2. Bobbie Herman

    And speaking of the Red Barn, I’ve heard rumors that the Y is buying it and demolishing it to use the site for parking. Any truth to this?

  3. Robert Mitchell

    The City of Saugatuck, MI (population 925) was founded in 1830 as Kalamazoo Village by a William Gay (sic) Butler from Hartford. The town was renamed Saugatuck by the postmaster in 1868 after a local Native American word for “mouth of the river” – the same derivation as Westport’s Saugatuck. But there appears to be no connection between Saugatuck, MI and Saugatuck (Westport), CT.

  4. BEATUS, CARYL

    CARYL BEATUS – PLEASE LET’S NOT LET THE RED BARN GO. WE’VE ALREADY LOST TOO MANY OF WESTPORT’S GREAT RESTAURANTS. . .ALLEN’S CLAM HOUSE . . .MARIO’S . . . THE THREE BEARS. . TO NAME A FEW

  5. Morley Boyd

    I wonder who the manufacturer of that cool retro van was.

  6. Susan Hopkins

    Saugatuck Michigan’s Red Barn is the historic Red Barn Theater that entertained, and continues to entertain, generations of Chicagoans [and others] who summer in what is a very charming city located on the shores of exquisitely beautiful Lake Michigan.

  7. Marcy Anson Fralick Class of 1970

    Saugatuck, MI is on the eastern shore of Lake Michigan, south of Grand Rapids. It’s a popular summer vacation spot for many Mid-Westerners. My husband was born in Grand Rapids and his family still owns two lake shore cabins in Saugatuck. It’s an artsy little town (about 1000 pop), with lots of touristy shops, quaint houses, an art colony, the Red Barn Theater, and the Belvedere Inn Restaurant. It’s dead as a doornail in winter, but in the summer, it’s really jumping with tourists. The dunes of Saugatuck are great for dune buggies, and the beach is okay, but nice. You feel like you’re on the ocean, because you can’t see Chicago across the lake, but being fresh water, it’s freezing until about August. It’s a cute little summer, touristy town. I’m actually going to be there this summer as my niece is getting married August 15th.