Daddy and Them

2001

Comedy / Drama

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IMDb Rating 5.7

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101 min
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Reviewed by brintonepperson 9

It looks like the lack of marketing for this film has really caused the filmgoing public to be deprived. I understand there was some turmoil surrounding the films release, which is why it was so delayed, and had things worked out better, it may have reached the audience it was designed for. The endearing part of this movie, with it's wandering plot, and it's archetypal characters, is that it is an accurate reflection of daily life among many of the lower middle class that lives in the middle of this country. I know these characters. Every one of them could be a neighbor to me. Although this film was based in Arkansas, it easily could have been made in Clay City, KY, right down to the phrase "daddy and them's" to refer to the patriarchal home-place. In short, this movie is about life, and not everyone's life, but hopefully about the life of someone everyone knows. When you add in the stellar cast, including hillbilly hero John Prine, this movie can simply not go unwatched.

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Reviewed by andydufresne 10

I suspect that your ability to enjoy this movie may hinge on 2 things. Can you take a joke and have you ever lived in the South?<br/><br/>If you enjoy SIX FEET UNDER that will help. At times you think you have things figured out only to realize that you are watching a character&#39;s dream or fantasy.<br/><br/>If you have lived in the South you have met ALL these people. From Billy Bob who&#39;s wife, Laura Dern constantly reminds him of all the studs she bedded before him to her mother (in the film and in real life) Dianne Ladd constantly trying start an argument between them to the her sister (Kelly Preston) who has never really gotten Billy Bob&#39;s character out of her system to the &quot;Out of towners&quot;, usually from UP NORTH who think they are SO much superior to the local folk. From the matriarch who is slowly slipping into senility and the patriarch who is Not dealing with that or anything else too well, to the &quot;stud&quot; brother who drinks too much (Jeff Baily) and goes through a lot of cars.<br/><br/>For those NOT raised in the South I can assure you these are REAL PEOPLE. I have known them all in one form or fashion. <br/><br/>ALL the acting is good. A very nice turn by a former Cowboys Cheerleader, Tamara Glynn, in the role of the paramedic, refered to in the move as the &quot;ambulance driver&quot;. Also a Little Rock local (last seen advertising A/C and a Jr. College) does an admirable job as the brother who is said to be &quot;screwing everything&quot;.<br/><br/>ANDY GRIFFITH- Outstanding character and you have not likely ever seen him like this.<br/><br/>TAKE NOTE of the scenery when Laura Dern and BBT are having the picnic. That is atop Petite Jean Mountain west of Little Rock and is some of the greatest scenery around.<br/><br/>I was still laughing after multiple viewings. IF you take this as a farce you can enjoy it. If you are looking for the deeper meaning as in SLINGBLADE you will be bored and disappointed.<br/><br/>FWIW I did not have anything to do with this movie and don&#39;t know any of the folks involved.

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Reviewed by guthrie1969 7

From the first time I caught a portion of this film on Showtime until I finally found a copy on DVD, I asked myself, &quot;Why wasn&#39;t this released in the theaters?&quot; I have rationalized that it was too real for the average Southern audience and conversely bizarre to a Northern group. Add the fact that Jim Varney was unable to complete the film, which I&#39;m sure, created some last minute re-writes and the botch job the editors did in the cutting room and the answer becomes more obvious.<br/><br/>The movie had a superior cast and each thespian was spot on in the portrayal of their respective roles. From the obvious stars Billy Bob Thornton&#39;s portrayal of an alcoholic, troglodytic, narcissistic redneck and Andy Griffith&#39;s character whose nightmare plagued view of life was truly delightful to watch, to the unsung Walter Goggins spot-on Southern Homosexual; Tommy Christianson (Jim Varney&#39;s alleged victim) and the tandem of Jaimie Lee&#39;s and Affleck&#39;s portrayals of fish out of water Yankees, all the actors were well above Hollywood&#39;s standards.<br/><br/>The writing was as close as one can get to true to life redneck/white trash dialog. I use the terms redneck/white trash with personal pride having spent a good number of my life&#39;s years living in a trailer in Alabama. I have been surrounded by and endured these types with much fascination for quite some time and this movie was completely a slice of life. Well worth watching and should be a part of every Southerner&#39;s DVD collection.<br/><br/>Through all the madness that ensues in the film, the finale leaves one feeling warm and fuzzy, if you work for it. You can see the potential for change and growth in all walks of humanity. The poor struggle with the past but live in the now. They walk in the shadows of the educated but are far from being imbeciles. Obscene behavior shows ignorance not stupidity. Anyone that sees this film and cannot get past all the verbose behavior in the film will not grasp the underlying love that is being purveyed. The Character&#39;s total dysfunction disables them from rational thoughts and actions, however, they do care for one another honestly and carry exceptionally strong family bonds. <br/><br/>Now, for the most troubling aspect; the fatal flaw was the editing. The movie at first glance has some gaps and unexplainable situations that are baffling and distracting. Upon viewing the deleted scenes portion of the DVD the movie&#39;s intent and flow are re-established. This is still a very good film. Sadly, it could have been a great one.

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