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Overall Rating
3.28

Awesome: 11.11%
Worth A Look: 27.78%
Average50%
Pretty Bad: 0%
Total Crap: 11.11%

1 review, 12 user ratings


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Crazy In Alabama
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by Greg Muskewitz

"All's insane on the Southern front."
3 stars

Antonio Banderas directs his wife Melanie Griffith as a loopy blonde bombshell in the 1960s, as she drops her children off with her funeral partitioner brother, cuts off her husbandís head and carries it around in a hat box as she pursues an acting career in Hollywood.

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Crazy in Alabama. Antonio Banderas directs his wife Melanie Griffith as a loopy blonde bombshell in the 1960s, as she drops her children off with her funeral partitioner brother, cuts off her husbandís head and carries it around in a hat box as she pursues an acting career in Hollywood. But her story is only secondary, as her oldest son (Lucas Black) is caught up in the fast-moving current of the Civil Rights movement. The two storylines begin at the same starting point, veer apart from each other, and at about three-quarters of the way through, intersect and cross axises to somewhat tie everything back together. Both storylines certainly have their appealing and catchy aspects, but Banderas doesnít know how to capitalize on them, only how to exploit his split cell screens and neon, bombastic colors that call more attention to its stentorian business than would blasting Mambo music. Crazy in Alabama is better than I had expected it to be, but I still canít put myself in the position to stand behind and recommend it. Banderas knows how to introduce his concepts and ideas pretty well on-screen, but heís much more behind on following up on them and staying concordant. Heís like a little kid who keeps replacing what candy he has selected as he continues down the storeís aisle. Itís also a good collection of performances, all of the performersí names who speaks for themselves. Its lack of closure, however, is a large, gaping hole at the end.

With David Morse, Cathy Moriarty, Meat Loaf (Aday), John Beasley, Paul Mazursky and Rod Steiger.

Final Verdict: C+.

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User Comments

7/01/16 Anne Funny, kind of a rolling farce yet with some verve 3 stars
9/24/07 Denny I loved this movie. Complete work of art 5 stars
2/22/05 Captain Craig An off-beat comedy. Well done with a happy ending 4 stars
1/15/04 Betty White Griffith is good, and Banderas makes an impressive directing debut. 4 stars
10/30/03 Carl Quite wonderful, completely underrated 5 stars
4/13/03 Jack Sommersby Original, solid piece of work, though it loses its grip in final third. 4 stars
4/14/02 Ashley Diane Jacobson (198.86.36.140) Putrid attempt to imply moral equivalence between spouse-killing and ML King's non-violence 1 stars
4/13/02 Ashley Diane Jacobson Putrid attempt to imply moral equivalence between spouse-killing and ML Knig's non-violence 1 stars
1/16/02 Andrew Carden Pretty Good Movie, It Had A Nice Sense Of Humor. 4 stars
2/19/01 *~Danielle*Ophelia~* (formerly KyLe*BrOfLoVsKi) Deilver yourself from Melanie's collagen-flared upper lip. READ THE BOOK!! 3 stars
7/13/00 Tom I really loved the book....and was dissapointed by the film. 3 stars
10/27/99 Mr Showbiz Not without it's flaws, but a charming slice of southern-fried 60's small town life. 4 stars
IF YOU'VE SEEN THIS FILM, RATE IT!
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USA
  22-Oct-1999 (PG-13)

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Australia
  02-Dec-1999 (M)




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