Once upon a time, there was a beautiful princess. Her husband was mean to her, so she took the kids and moved in with her parents in the cold and dark land in which they lived. But her parents weren't very supportive, and she was forced to work in the mines. And the men there were really mean to her and the other women who worked there.
So she got a lawyer, and made the men be nice to her. The End.
Well, it wasn't quite that bad. A lot of acting talent (Charize Theron, Frances McDormand in another Minnesotan role, Sean Bean, Woody Harrelson, Sissy Spacek) is employed here in service of a script that is mainly concerned with hitting all the right buttons. Sean Bean is especially good in playing a heckuva decent guy, which is a relief from his usual slimeball roles.