Come Early Morning (2006)

Dir. Joey Lauren Adams
Starring: Ashley Judd
6/10

Penny and Grace would find this interesting, and might even really like it. Mitchell, Kevin, Chris and Tony would probably like this a little, too. Still, I’m not confident enough to recommend this. Larri gave this a 4. Objectively, I would give this a six, although I probably liked it a little less just because I felt I’ve seen this story before.

**
Roeper loved this film, calling it one of his favorites of the year. Ebert added that this was one of Ashley Judd’s best performances. Those comments intrigued me—as I love Ashley Judd–in what otherwise looked like a romance/romantic-comedy that went straight to dvd. That, and the fact that I thought Larri would like this, were the reasons I picked this up.

Judd plays a Southern woman who doesn’t have a problem sleeping with men and leaving them at the crack of dawn. One day she meets a guy—who wants a little more than a one night stand. This is feminist film and character study of this 30-ish woman trying to find her way. Think of Ruby in Paradise, except with an older woman, and you get an idea of what this film is like.

***
I think the main reason I didn’t like this more was because I’ve seen stories like it before. Yes, Judd had some nice acting moments, and I also liked the way the film avoided typical characters/plot developments, especially the character of Cal and the way his relationship with Judd’s character. He seemed real to me, and I would be curious to hear from Southerners if they agree. In films like this, I would have expected his character to be more sensitive and emotional; someone who actively tries to help Judd’s character deal with her insecurities. Cal is not insensitive, but he’s not a real touchy-feely type either. He’s a guy, normal and fairly decent, but a guy nonetheless.

Besides that I didn’t think the film added much to this story of a woman growing as a person and finding her way in life. The acting is solid, but I don’t think the story is exceptional.

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