27 June 2016

A Painted House

A Painted House 2003
·       Director: Alfonso Arau
·       Based on novel: by John Grisham
·       Cast: Scott Glenn, Robert Sean Leonard, Logan Lerman
·       Personal “oh yeah him/her” reaction, i.e. have seen this actor in
o   Scott Glenn – Freedom Writers, The Shipping News, Training Day, Virgin Suicides, Carla’s Song, Courage under Fire,
Edie & Pen, Silence of the Lambs, Silverado, Urban Cowboy, Apocalypse, Nashville
o   Robert Sean Leonard – Tape, The Last Days of Disco, Much Ado about Nothing, Swing Kids, Dead Poets Society
o   Logan Lerman – The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Riding in Cars with Boys
·       Why? It’s on a cheap double DVD
·       Seen: 25 June 2016

It’s cotton picking time on a cotton farm in Arkansas. Ten year old Luke is saving up for a Cardinals baseball jacket. His granddad has hired some Mexicans and some mountain people to pick the cotton. Luke witnesses violence and there are tensions, but the cotton must be picked.
It’s all very macho and good ole Americana with beautiful, smiley, loving, hugging, understanding but stern and God-fearing parents and grandparents. There’s puppy love, and a young uncle in Korea, and an obnoxious hoity-toity Yankee bride and the financial catastrophe of being a cotton farmer in the 50’s.
Frankly it’s boring and we pause it now and then to check on the Wales-Northern Ireland game.  It’s the European Cup, after all. 0-0 at half time.
Right. The movie. It’s Hallmark. It’s not bad enough to turn off but it’s not better than, at most

2* of 5


PS Wales 1 – Northern Ireland 0.  I wanted both of them to win but that’s not how it works...

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