EVERYTHING IS HOTTER DOWN SOUTH.
Lazarus Redd (Samuel L. Jackson), a Mississippi blues man, takes it upon himself to cure Rae Doole’s (Christina Ricci) nymphomania (which has landed her in serious trouble) by chaining her to his radiator and teaching her self-respect. It’s not often that you see a genuinely original film, but director Craig Brewer delivers; he has what it takes to make this odd idea work. Thanks to his guidance and the brilliant work of the cast, the film never descends into complete silliness but rather turns into an occasionally gripping, funny experience with a lot of Southern working-class flavor; the blues music becomes a clever symbol of the story. Ricci and Jackson are very soulful.
2007-U.S. 115 min. Color. Widescreen. Produced by John Singleton, Stephanie Allain. Written and directed by Craig Brewer. Cast: Samuel L. Jackson (Lazarus Redd), Christina Ricci (Rae Doole), Justin Timberlake (Ronnie), S. Epatha Merkerson, John Cothran, David Banner.
Last word: “When I started to lose control of myself I just really started to lose faith. I really started to question religion because I can get really cynical about religion and I can get very cynical about prayer. I finally just decided that if I couldn’t pray to God and feel earnest about it then I would just need to try and hear my dad’s voice and I needed to hear ‘Listen son’. I needed someone to say ‘son’ to me and I needed someone to say ‘your problems are not unique’ that we all go through these times and that you’re entitled to some peaks and you got to get right. You got to be tethered to something. You got to be grounded to some community to some family and some faith, and to be honest with you that’s when I began to let go. I know this sounds painfully simplistic, but a lot of the movie is about letting go of hate and letting go of fear. I really needed to do that for me to move on and this is where I am exploring it, in this movie, with a hot daisy duke wearing girl on the end of a chain.” (Brewer, Rope of Silicon)