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As wise and sweet and as a blues number pouring out the doors of a juke joint in Greenville
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written by jamkat79 October 10, 2003 - 2:20 PM PDT
4 out of 4 members found this review helpful
Big Bad Love hasn't received the attention and acclaim it deserves, perhaps because it is a film about rural southern characters who defy rather than reinforce stereotypes. Very few mainstream films set in the South do much more than trade in the same tired stock images of backwoods ignorance and violence, with toothless goons straight out of central casting, but that is not the case with Arlis Howard's adaptation of Larry Brown's gorgeous, troubling, and darkly comic collection of stories.

Aside from its convention-busting, BBL is nimble and smart in its direction, features a kick-ass soundtrack (Steve Earle, Tom Waits, and several Fat Possum artists, including T-Model Ford) and gives us a chance to watch Paul Le Mat, one of Hollywood's most underused character actors. He exudes so much innocence and good nature and wit in this film, it makes you wonder why his last decent job was in Melvin and Howard.

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