Director: Craig Brewer
Starring: Samuel L. Jackson, Christina Ricci, Justin Timberlake, S. Epatha Merkerson, John Cothran Jr., David Banner
More info: IMDb
Tagline: Everything is hotter down south.
Plot: A God-fearing blues man takes to a wild young woman who, as a victim of childhood sexual abuse, looks everywhere for love, never quite finding it.
My rating: 8/10
Will I watch it again? Yes.
#6 on the Black History Month Project 2012
This is the first time I've seen this since it's theatrical run and I'm glad it holds up. I loved it then and I love it still. The performances are fantastic!
See what I mean? But seriously, Jackson and Ricci are great. Timberlake, not so much but he doesn't ruin the picture.
I love the poster art. It's got that 70s grindhouse / blaxploitation look. That's what really sold it for me and put my butt in the theater seat. It's more than just a modern exploitation picture. It's a good drama but there's no escaping its gritty roots of sex and blues music.
The only real issue I have with the picture is the tacked on ending. I'm talking about the very last scene. It just doesn't sit right with me. I've seen this twice now and I just can't help but feel they could have done something different to get the same point across. It doesn't matter I guess, 'cause I really dig this film. The tagline is dead on, everything really is hotter down here in The South.