Crazy in Alabama
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Comedy and drama take turns in this period piece based on a novel by Mark Childress. Peejoe (Lucas Black), short for Peter Joseph, lives in a small Alabama town in 1965, at the height of the Civil Rights movement. He becomes involved with a group of black students protesting the town's racially segregated municipal swimming pool, leading to a protest that explodes into deadly violence. But Peejoe has gotten a crash course in standing your ground and following your own path from his free-spirited Aunt Lucille (Melanie Griffith), who has killed her abusive husband and is headed for… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 30%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Never has a woman been more lovingly directed by her real-life husband in a Hollywood film."
‑ Jay Carr, Boston Globe
"A key problem is that the Lucille storyline just doesn't work."
‑ Mark Caro, Chicago Tribune
"With its sluggish pace and awkward continuity, 'Crazy in Alabama' emerged as one of the most disappointing films released in 1999."
‑ Betty Jo Tucker, ReelTalk Movie Reviews
"Connecting Lucille's actions with the boy's in a way that makes sense is a challenge that first-time director Antonio Banderas and screenwriter Mark Childress fail to meet."
‑ Elfrieda Abbe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
"The film is all over the board and never demonstrates a dominant personality to lead the viewer through the story."
‑ Jim Judy, Screen It!
"As for Griffith, it's the best role she's had since Working Girl."
‑ Steve Murray, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"Too many scenes feel excessively underscored, either by Mark Snow's sentimental music, or by characters commenting on the action."
‑ Moira MacDonald,
"OK, Antonio, you love your wife, but that doesn't mean you have to cast her."
‑ Michael Dequina,
"A cinematic hash of stale ingredients."
‑ Steve Rhodes, Internet Reviews
"[Rod Steiger] is the only man I know who can overact while his character is asleep."
‑ Lawrence Toppman, Charlotte Observer
"Campy as a flick by Banderas' evident artistic mentor, Pedro Almódovar."
‑ , Entertainment Weekly
"Crazy in Alabama manages to be both sweeping and small, quirky and sincere, and offers Melanie Griffith her best role in years."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"Banderas' direction is as unstable as an isotope on Three Mile Island."
‑ Jeffrey Westhoff, Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
"There are a lot of movies struggling to get out of Crazy in Alabama, and most of them are bad."
‑ Ron Dicker, San Francisco Examiner
"Of course, it's probably foolhardy to expect logic or realism from a movie with the word 'crazy' in the title."
‑ Todd Anthony, South Florida Sun-Sentinel
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