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A backwoods Alabama boy named Peejoe -short for Peter Joseph- gets a quick education in grown-up matters like freedom in 1965. The catalyst is an unlikely source - his glamorous, eccentric Aunt Lucille, who escapes from her abusive husband and takes off for Hollywood to pursue her dreams of TV stardom.
This movie truly is a fun escape even though there are some serious sub-plots (racism, domestic violence, etc). You will truly root for Lucille to win and expect laughter and tears on this journey. Great movie!
This review is from: Crazy in Alabama (DVD) For anyone that doesn't know, this movie not only stars Melanie Griffith but was directed by Antonio Bandaras. What an amazing combination they turned out to be professionally and personally! This movie so funny, so cute and so touching....It wasn't a box office blockbuster but it should have been. The subject matter is a little weird but its a very well written script, a good sit-at-home-and-watch-TV-one-weekend type movie. Its worth taking the time to watch.
CRAZY IN ALABAMA / (1999) **1/2 (out of four) By Blake French:"Crazy in Alabama" is actually very well constructed; with goodperformances by a strong supporting cast, including David Morse ("The GreenMile"), Rod Steiger ("End of Days")" Meat Loaf Aday ("Fight Club"), and acompelling leading performance by director Antonio Banderas' wife, MelanieGriffith. Based on the novel by Mark Childress, who also wrote thescreenplay, the movie suffers not from poor quality of filmmaking, but fromthe filmmakers trying to cram way to much material in the 111 minute movie.The performers are hard at work here, but they can not possibly conquer theproblems the production experiences due to the overcrowded script, whichactually includes three separate stories of equal importance. The firstdetails a woman named Lucille (Melanie Griffith), who dreams of becoming afamous actress in Hollywood after chopping off her cruel husband's head. Shecommits the murderous act to escape his overbearing clutches. "There are alot of ways you can kill a person. There are fast ways, and there are slowways. Chester was killin' me the slow way for thirteen years." ObviouslyLucille preferred the fast way when it came to putting an end to her spouse.The next story revolves around a civil right movement in Alabama. A youngblack teenager, Taylor Jackson (Louis Miller) is killed by a local prejudicesheriff named John Doggett (Meat Loaf Aday), who angrily pulls the innocentvictim off a fence after he and his friends protest against the prohibitionof swimming in the city pool. The late boy's parents attempt to lead a civilright crusade while trying to build a case to make Doggett pay for hiscrime.Through another story is where these stories are linked. We see theseevents through the point of view of a young man's realization of life in theSouth without parents. This character, named Peejoe (Lucas Black), is thenephew of Lucille. She trustingly reveals all her secrets to Peejoe beforeshe heads for Hollywood. He is also the only witness the violent act ofSheriff Doggett, placing him in the middle of the civil rights movement.Peejoe is not the center of the movie, however, and his character iscompletely unneeded and only adds additional complexity to the screenplay. He is simply an excuse to interlock the other two plots, and the attemptdoes not work. The stories by themselves are very interesting, with inventive and originalideas and some thought-provoking messages. The film feels convincing in itsdevelopment of the setting and atmosphere; the 1960's are captured withintrigue. Although it is his first feature film, Antonio Banderas, also awell-known actor starring 1999's Viking drama "The 13th Warrior," he shouldhave realized the complexity of the plot as a negative contribution. Thereare movies in which multiple stories make the production unique andinnovative, like "Traffic," "Magnolia," and "Pulp Fiction," but those moviesblended their narratives together carefully, "Crazy in Alabama" only makesexcuses for its actions.
A girlfriend told me about this movie and I asked my husband to rentit. You would have thought I would have watched it when it first cameout since I actually live in Alabama. I really didn't know much aboutit, just 2 or 3 sentences the friend said. I was thinking it was ahumorous movie, and my husband did also. We were very surprised when wewatched it. The subplot (racism in the small town) was as interestingas the main plot (Melanie Griffith wanting a glamorous life). SometimesI think Griffith is a bunch of fluff in real life, then she gets infront of the cameras and wows me time and again. She is a greatactress. While watching the movie, as it inched towards the middle, myopinion of it was dropping fast. I think the pace slowed too much. Iwas planning on giving it a B-. Then the action picked up about 40minutes near the end. I was riveted to the TV at this point. Actually Ileft the room for a short break and could still hear the dialogue. Iraced back down the hall quickly! Warning! Don't leave the room as thefilm nears this point! You need to be watching and appreciate what isgoing on! The film starts to come together and you need to hear and seeit! Lucas Black is top rate as usual. I was in tears at the end and myhusband was getting misty-eyed also. When they were announcing filmingof this movie and doing location checks, everybody in Alabama (where Ilive) was so excited! Oh boy, Banderas and Griffith are coming here tofilm! Then he changed his mind and decided to film in Mississippi.Everyone was sad. How could Banderas say that Mississippi "looked" morelike Alabama? Other than that, this movie was great.
"Crazy in Alabama," the directorial debut of Antonio Banderas, triesdesperately to live up to its title yet simply emerges as deep-friedSouthern malarkey garnished with social significance. What the plotters hadin mind with this overbaked concoction is truly beyond the powers of meremortal understanding.The Mark Childress screenplay is a textbook case study of narrativeschizophrenia run amok. Melanie Griffith, obviously past her darlingingenue stage and heading into the career sunset of doddering, crazy auntroles, plays the stereotypical Southern lunatic who has decapitated herabusive husband, packed his head in a tupperware container she carries withher in a hatbox and headed off (pardon the pun) to find fame and glory inthe spotlight of 1960's Hollywood. Almost tangetially, the film alsoconcerns itself with her nephew, Peejoe, and his experiences that summerinvolving a clash between blacks and whites over a segregated swimming poolin the small southern town in which he lives.To say that the filmmakers fail to coalesce these elements into a coherentwhole would be a masterpiece of understatement. This actually seems to betwo completely different films rubbing up against one another and not likingeach other very much. The audience, as a result, is left in a state ofheadscratching and, occasionally, even jawdropping confusion.Unfortunately, the film fails to work as either a freewheeling black comedyor as an incisive social document. As in so many films dealing with theissue of civil rights, the blacks play secondary roles in their own story,standing in the background as part of a mob rather than stepping forth asfully developed, fully rounded characters in their ownright.It also seems odd that a film which approaches this issue in such highmindedand reverential terms tries, at the same time, to pass off a serious mentalillness as a quaintly admirable example of freespirited non-conformity. Thefilm suffers from a terminal grinding of tonal gears. Who could everimagine that the same film would feature a recreation of an appearance byMartin Luther King Jr. and the filming of a "Bewitched" episode - andbelieve that such a coupling could ever result in a meaningful marriage? Itis a testament to the utter absurdity and hopelessness of the entireenterprise.Drawing a parallel between a woman who cuts her husband's head off and agroup of black people fighting for equal rights and uncritically callingboth examples of "freedom" equal to one another insults those involved inthe noble latter cause. And not all the scenes of phony emotional uplift atthe end - a scanning of tear soaked faces at a ludicrous trial, a shot ofGriffith, standing through a sun-roof riding off into the sunset, armsraised in a victory salute - can mitigate the tastelessness at the film'score."Crazy in Alabama" simply proves that, for an offbeat film to be successful,an attempt has to be made to blend the disparate elements of plotting andtone into an organic whole. As it is, "Crazy in Alabama" is merely weirdwithout being any fun.
Yet, another movie about a battered wife in the south. Melanie Griffithplays a battered wife who snaps and decapatates her abusive husband andheads to Hollywood to become a movie star with his head in a hotbox. Thefilm's only redeeming quality was the character Peejoe (Lucas Black), whowas the hero in the film, and the film's focus on the Civil Rights Movement. And Meat Loaf's role as the evil sherriff who kills a black teen forswimming in the pool was downright abysmal. Everytime he opened his mouth,you'd expect him to sing "Paradise By the Light", or "Two out of Three Ain'tBad". This was Antonio Bandaras's directorial debut. If you're a fan of Antonioor Melanie Griffith see some of their other movies. Skip this one. It'sjust your typical "vitcimized woman" movie, nothing special about it. Notworth the time.
... the first being a rather original piece of Southern Gothic -oppressed wife and mother of seven children poisons and decapitateshusband in order to free herself to become a star in Hollywood, and thesecond a by-the-numbers Civil Rights tract. The first movie iscompletely daffy and charming, and the second is... just there.Although the Civil Rights angle is fairly well-acted, it's everythingyou've seen in at least 20 other movies -- it's like the Lucille storyis the candy and this part is the medicine. As Lucille, MelanieGriffith is sooo adorable (which is quite a surprise for anyone whofinds her babydoll voice more irritating than nails on a blackboard)and as for the others who appear here, it's just pleasure uponpleasure: the seldom-seen, ever-brittle Cathy Moriarity as Lucille'ssister-in-law, Fannie Flagg as a sympathetic and much-married dinerwaitress, Robert Wagner as Lucille's Hollywood agent, Rod Steiger asthe judge at Lucille's murder trial, and on and on. If the filmmakershad just stuck to making the Lucille story, this might have been aclassic.
Banderas reveals himself as an excellent director on top of a superbactor,in the true tradition of Chaplin, Welles and Eastwood. His tale of fightoffreedom in 1965 Alabama keeps a fast pace while running between twoparallel(and eventually converging) plot lines. He never loses a good, andsometimes vitriolic, sense of humor.Three cheers for Jurgens, who succeeds in a key role on which thecredibility of the plot depends.
I really enjoy "ANY DAY NOW" on Lifetime and the situations that PeeJofoundhimself in were reminiscent of M.E.'s & Rene's experiences. Add AuntLucie's reach for the stars (starting with an unexpected crime) and Dove'soccupation, and you have a well-told and true-to-life story. This may havebeen a fictitious tale but it was easy to see many of these situationsaffecting the lives of the people in the south and west (Hollywood) at thetime. I especially liked the dogs' discovery during the party and the funinclusion of "BEWITCHED".I particularly enjoyed Lucie's monologue in the courtroom, depicting lifewith her "es-husband", and the judge's subsequent comments. I had hoped tosee this in the theatre, but was not able to. I watched it on cable andplan to add it to my collection.I believe this is a classic in its own rite!
While not a perfect film, this comedy-drama is certainly a pleasentsurprise. Antonio Banderas makes an impressive directorial debut creatingsome vivid images and atmospheres. Melanie Griffith also fares very well inher role as eccentric aunt on the lamb with her husband's decapitatedhead!!! She's bright and engaging. The other performances are also very goodespecially Lukas Black as Griffith's young nephew who is really the maincharacter in the film. David Morse plays Black's uncle and Griffith'sbrother with candor and grace. Meat Loaf has a great time playing a crookedcop with relish. The musical score by Mark Snow (who also scores TV's The XFiles) is excellent. There are moments, however, where the screenplay is abit unevenand ends up marring some potentially excellent moments. Having said that,the film is still very good and certainly deserves much more attention thanit received.
Crazy in Alabama is a wonderful film about freedom and following your dreams. Itâs based on the book by Mark Childress (A+) that I read soon after I saw this movie. I thought Melanie Griffith made the most perfect Lucille! I love the way she talks and she is simply gorgeous. Her husband, Antonio Banderas (the director) definitely knew what he was doing when he hired her. Another good actor that is best recognized by the way he talks is Lucas Black. He plays the little boy P. Joe who stands up for what he thinks is right and fair. P. Joe even shakes hands with Martin Luther King! After watching this movie for what must be the 50th time Iâm beginning to believe that there isnât a single flaw in this marvelous movie. It could be a classic!
Overall, I thought they took us on an emotional rollercoaster in thisfilm.When you started to feel teary-eyed about the horrors that occurred duringthe civil rights movement, they would flip right back with some crazy thingthat was happening to Aunt Lucille which made me LOL several times. Thecomic relief helped a lot!During this movie I thought that I really liked it, but wasn't sure I wouldwant to see it again; however, I had already promised another friend that Iwould see it with her so had "trapped" myself into going again. Thisworkedout well, because it seemed even better the second time and even moreenjoyable. The characters were all very compelling, they did such a greatjob bringing so much emotion to the film. No matter how poor any reviewsmaybe or how this film does at the box office, I applaud that they left outthegraphic violence and sex scenes from the book and went with the characterdevelopment and emotions of the stories. Yes, I will probably see the movieat least once more- I think the general theme about freedom is something myson should see- so I'll probably go with him.
SPOILER WARNING: This comment discusses the ending of this film in detail. If you haven't seen the film, you might want to wait until you have seen itbefore you read this comment.This is a very likeable film about a flaky woman and her family in 60'sAlabama. Lucille (Melanie Griffith) is fleeing her small town because shejust killed her husband and cut off his head. She left the body in herfreezer and decided to take the head with her as she embarks on her newcareer in Hollywood. This is actually two stories. The first is Lucille'sescapades and the second follows her young nephew Peejoe back home, whofinds himself in the middle of a civil rights incident involving the deathof a young black man who refuses to leave an all white swimming pool. Bothstories are well done, but disparate. This is my first criticism of the Mark Childress screenplay based on his ownnovel. This story can't make up its mind whether it is a farce (the Lucillestory) or a serious drama about civil rights in the 1960's. It succeeds inboth regards, but putting the two together takes impact and credibility awayfrom the serious civil rights story, which in my mind was the betterelement. My second criticism was the ending. Lucille is tried and convicted of thefirst degree murder of her husband and is sentenced to 20 years, (suspended)and five years of therapy, then set free. Although this panders shamelesslyto the feel good audience, and Lucille was a lovable character, films likethis send the wrong message to the masses regarding justice andaccountability. The message is that if you are likeable, flaky and avictim, the rule of law doesn't have to apply to you. I feel that the filmindustry needs to take a little more responsibility thanthis.When I rented the movie, I started out skeptical about the prospects of afilm directed by Antonio Banderas, even more since his wife Melanie Griffithwas cast in the lead. I was pleasantly surprised on both counts. Banderasshowed very solid direction, good camera work, excellent period props (greatvintage cars), and an attention to detail that was impressive for a firsttime director.Melanie Griffith was the best I can remember her since `Working Girl'. Shewas charmingly loopy and brightened up every scene she was in. But as goodas she was, the best performance was from young Lucas Black as Peejoe. After a fine performance in `Sling Blade' he proves it wasn't just a fluke. Black has a natural, plain spoken acting style with that heavy southerndrawl which is I'm sure must be close to his real accent. He projectssincerity and character and an inner strength far greater than one wouldexpect for his years. I look forward to seeing more of hiswork.I rated this film 7/10. It was a good story with an identity crisis, butmost people will have an easy time liking this film.
A woman chops her husband's head off and leaves a punch of kids behind togofill her dream to become a movie star. The name of this movie is a rathergood description. But behind this crazy story line this movie holds atrulyhonest, sarcastic, picture of a strong, loving woman.In addition there is another story of a boy who will also become a starevenwithout wanting to become one. In the middle of racism this boy becomes ahero while standing against this oppression. This part of the movie isquitenaive, but that didn't bother me, not a bit.The actors did their job not only well, but great. I know I'm not verycritical person, but I really loved this movie and I think I could watchitagain and again just to get some energy and to regain my sometimesvanishingpositivity.I was amazed not to see this movie in the top 250. I really believe itbelongs there. I've seen Shawshank Redemption and I think this movie,whilelighter, doesn't fall far behind.
This review is from: Crazy in Alabama (DVD) THIS IS A GREAT MOVIE YOU CAN LEARN ALOT FROM THIS MOVIE. HAS RACISM IN IT, SUCCESS, AND TEMPTATION. THIS MOVIE ILLUSTRATES HOW CRAZY ALABAMA REALLY IS
I just got this movie on pay per view, I was so bored, I just wanted towatch anything. To my surprise, this was a fantastic film!! Everyone in itwas great, and I was fully involved in it the whole time. Some of the bestmovies ever made, are the ones that never get recognized. This fits justright in that category. See this movie, even if it does not look good. Itwas amazingly under rated, and I think it deserves more. Great film, greatacting, the whole thing was an awesome experience!
I am not a fan of Melanie Griffith at all, in fact, the only film I really like her in is "Working Girl". It's not that she is a terrible actress. She is just annoying. So why did I waste over 2 hours of my time watching this movie? I am now asking myself the same thing. I wasn't sure if this movie was supposed to be a comedy. If it was, it wasn't even funny. Griffith, plays Lucille, a woman who is beaten by her husband. She kills him and cuts his head off...Why? I have no idea. Maybe she's crazy? She then decides to leave her 7 children in the hands of her mother so she can go out to Hollywood and live out her dream of becoming a glamerous actress. She takes the head of her husband along for the ride...why not? Nothing else makes sense so far so why not make less sense. This film is just a mishmash of nonsense. She wins a lot of money in Las Vegas right before she gets to California. She eventually gets her big break...She is on t.v. Then, she gets caught..eventually all criminals do. I don't know what the ending of this movie is all about...She goes free? when she was sentenced to a term in prison? Maybe the book is better, I hope so, cuz this was a boring movie. I watched it on cable....thank god i waited that long. The only bright spot was Lucas Black, the boy from Sling Blade. He is one of the best child actors right now. I hope to see more of him in films. He is very charming. I personally wouldn't recommend this film.
it is a very very good movie i laughed cried it has sad part good party i wouls say it is a great movie
This review is from: Crazy in Alabama (DVD) A thoroughly wonderful movie that had me laughing in no time. Melanie Griffith is outstanding in this zany story. Highly recommend
Melanie Griffith's acting stood out in this film. She is convincing as aLucille, a loon from Alabama, who travels to Hollywood to fulfill herdreamof becoming a movie star. This is an excellent effort for AntonioBanderas'sdirecting debut.