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Great performances make up for lack of substance

  • Oct 31, 2008
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Lazarus Redd (Samuel Jackson) is left by his wife, Rose, after she states that living with him didn't allow her to live her own life. Laz is left bitter and alone, with nothing to fill him except his love of playing the blues.

Rae Doole, (Christina Ricci) has a $exual addiction disorder. When her boyfriend Ronnie (Justin Timberlake) leaves to join the military, Rae gets one of her "attacks" and goes on the prowl. One of Ronnie's friends gets his hands on her and beats the cr@p out of her, leaving Rae on the side of the road out near Laz's house. When Laz finds her the next morning, he takes her inside and steels himself to cure her of her demons while he fights his own.

There's some controversy over kidnapping, what with Laz chaining Rae to keep her from running off again, but somehow the movie works itself out and away from any evil involved in the action.

Can Rae change her ways? Can Ronnie overcome his anxiety issues? Can Laz exorcise his own demons? The plot comes out as the weaker point in this film, giving way to stellar performances by Christina Ricci and Samuel Jackson. Even Justin Timberlake does a decent job. Jackson and Ricci do their own singing in the film, without dubbing in other voices. The film has a real, southern feel to it.

Overall, the film didn't live up to the hype I'd heard about it, but was still a good enough film to watch. Rent before you buy. Enjoy!
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Starring Samuel L. Jackson, Christina Ricci, Justin Timberlake, S. Epatha Merkerson
Directed by Craig Brewer
Writer: Craig Brewer
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Genre: Drama, Romance
Release Date: March 2, 2007
MPAA Rating: R
Runtime: 1hr 56min
Studio: Paramount Classics, New Deal Productions
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