Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.5.
USA, 1991. Carolco Pictures, Edgar J. Scherick Associates. Screenplay by Calder Willingham, based on his book. Cinematography by Johnny E. Jensen. Produced by Renny Harlin. Music by Elmer Bernstein. Production Design by John Vallone. Costume Design by Jane Robinson. Film Editing by Steven Cohen. Academy Awards 1991. Golden Globe Awards 1991. Independent Spirit Awards 1991. National Board of Review Awards 1991. New York Film Critics Awards 1991.
Gorgeous, touching film about a Southern family in the 1930s whose lives are disrupted by the arrival of Rose (Laura Dern), a so-called “loose” woman with a real heart of gold. Dern is perfectly cast in the delightful title role, and her real-life mother Diane Ladd is brilliant as the matriarch of the conservative clan who does everything in her power to make sure that the ignorant and self-righteous men around her don’t harm the charming and “rambling” girl. Director Martha Coolidge has made a light and delicious Southern delicacy on par with Jon Avnet’s Fried Green Tomatoes that is never less than totally enjoyable.