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Black Snake Moan
ID:
2007
Comments:
Director: Craig Brewer
Screenplay:
Producer:
Cast: Christina Ricci, Samuel L. Jackson, Justin Timberlake
Genre: Drama

Running Time: 115
Aspect Ratio:  2.35:1 (NTSC Widescreen)
Sound: AC-3
Subtitles: English, Spanish
Features:
Studio:  Paramount DVD Region:  1 R
DVD Release:  Jun 2007 Discs:  1 (DVD) [$12.99]
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Reviews:  The lurid scenario--a nymphomaniacal white trash nymphet (Christina Ricci) is held prisoner by a bitter bluesman (Samuel L. Jackson)--gives way to an affecting tale of redemption in "Black Snake Moan", writer/director Craig Brewer's follow-up to the acclaimed "Hustle & Flow". Lazarus (Jackson, "Jungle Fever", "Pulp Fiction") finds Rae (Ricci, "Monster", "The Ice Storm") beaten unconscious on the road in front of his backwoods house. After bringing her inside, he learns of her wanton ways and decides to exorcise his own demons by curing Rae of her sexual compulsion. "Black Snake Moan" could have been terrible, but Brewer takes his story seriously enough to dig into the genuine emotions of such a situation (though along the way he certainly flirts with sexploitation overtones--several scenes look like they were plucked straight out of a hitherto unknown 1970s trash classic). Ricci, Jackson, and the supporting cast (including pop star Justin Timberlake, giving a surprisingly good performance as Rae's boyfriend) treat the characters with respect, honesty, and humor. The result is off-kilter and maybe a little too fond of its sleazy cinematic forbears to truly hit the emotional notes it's after, but "Black Snake Moan" has considerably more substance than its marketing would suggest. "--Bret Fetzer"

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