Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.
USA, 2006. Paramount Classics, New Deal Productions, Southern Cross the Dog Productions. Screenplay by Craig Brewer. Cinematography by Amy Vincent. Produced by Stephanie Allain, John Singleton. Music by Scott Bomar. Production Design by Keith Brian Burns. Costume Design by Paul A. Simmons Jr.. Film Editing by Billy Fox.
You ever hear the one about the nympho and the blues singer? Craig Brewer doesn’t do full justice to the interesting premise of this steamy drama, but it does have its moments. Christina Ricci is excellent as a sex-obsessed young woman whose boyfriend (Justin Timberlake) leaves to serve in the army and she begins to dally around with all the town’s men. One night an angry friend of Timberlake’s leaves her beaten and unconscious on a dirt road, near death until a farmer and blues musician (Samuel L. Jackson) finds her and nurses her back to health. When he realizes her reputation and the trouble that she’s gotten herself into, Jackson chains her to his radiator determined to use his spiritual beliefs to cure her of the evil that makes her such a wanton woman. While the concept is dangerously sexy, the execution of it gets high marks for performances and not much else. The story doesn’t ripen towards anything notable, but you won’t hate yourself for it either.