Reviewed byOwen GleibermanVote: F/10
Reviewed bycapedmarauderVote: 8/10/10
In brief this film should have done better than it did. The cast aregood, the cinematography is very pleasing. The sets and costumes aregreat.
The soundtrack is also pretty good.
Really good story that improves the more you watch it. At least youwill think a little bit during and after the film as so many situationsare raised.
Makes living in small town America look pretty desirable. Also makesyou think about the people you grow up with.
Give it a shot!
Reviewed byMorfeus IvanovichVote: 7/10/10
When I decided to see the movie, I didn't expect much of it, not morethan a level of an usual Saturday night entertainment. But to mysurprise, the movie, which first appeared to be a usual sentimentallove story, evolved into a decent thriller. Directing is very good atthis point, characters are quite "fresh", especially the drug dealerwith the knowledge of the theory of economics. Actors also do a goodjob, especially Reese Witherspoon, although she doesn't get as muchscreen time as Nivola, her presence can be felt. The plot has some veryunexpected turns, which make it very good, and the script is also aboveaverage. I give it 7/10, not a masterpiece, but some goodentertainment.
Bryce (Josh Brolin) is a successful man who returns to his tiny hometown for a visit. While there, he runs into his old friend Nick (Alessandro Nivola). The two decide to go out for the night. When they enter a bar, Bryce encounters Kathy (Reese Witherspoon), a blonde temptress whom he eventually takes home for the night. When he awakens, Kathy informs him that she is underage and threatens to tell the police that Bryce has committed statutory rape. Bryce panics and decides to tie her up and hide her away in the basement. He then makes a call to Nick. Unbeknownst to Bryce, Kathy is actually Nick's girlfriend Lissa. The two had schemed to use Bryce's money to pay off a $15,000 debt they owe small-time hood Jimmy (Terrence Howard).