Epatha Merkerson. Down South, things are different. The film opens with Rae Christina Ricci and her boyfriend Ronnie Justin Timberlake locked in passion, rocking their messy doublewide, deep in the heart of Tennessee. After experiencing an anxiety attack, Ronnie heads off to boot camp, leaving a devastated Rae behind. Not to worry, though. Rae soon dries her tears and heads into town, where she gets drunk and stoned, then looks for a new man.
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This ludicrous Southern melodrama with over-the-top performances from Samuel L. Jackson, Christina Ricci and Justin Timberlake is so convinced of its own righteousness that it almost makes a damn good comedy. The film is so jaw-dropping awful that it just might become a box office hit. Ricci plays Rae, the tramp of a Southern town who has somehow snared an understanding guy in Ronnie Timberlake. But when he ships off to boot camp despite her protests, she reverts to form in about five minutes. She is discovered, unconscious and bleeding, by Lazarus Jackson , a man who once played the blues but is now living them, his wife having just walked out on him to shack up with his brother. Anyway, Lazarus takes it in his head to cure this woman of her wickedness. Oh yes, he does, praise the Lord. He chains that woman to a rusty old radiator, where he means to drive the devil out of her by quoting scripture. Seems she gets these spells that start in her head and work their way down to her crotch.
Jackson , Christina Ricci , and Justin Timberlake. The plot focuses on a Mississippi bluesman Jackson who holds a troubled local woman Ricci captive in his house in an attempt to cure her of her nymphomania after finding her severely beaten on the side of a road. The title of the film derives from the Blind Lemon Jefferson song. The film draws numerous references to the Mississippi Blues movement , particularly in its title and soundtrack. The film centers on two main characters: Lazarus Redd Samuel L.
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