Steve Daly
November 05, 1999 AT 05:00 AM EST

Crazy in Alabama

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG-13
runtime
113 minutes
performer
Lucas Black, Melanie Griffith, Meat Loaf, Cathy Moriarty, Richard Schiff, Rod Steiger
director
Antonio Banderas
author
Mark Childress
genre
Comedy, Mystery and Thriller, Drama

We gave it a D+

In the annals of patronizing movies about the civil rights movement, this has to be the loopiest. Meet Lucille (Melanie Griffith), a housewife who beheads her abusive husband and flees to Los Angeles. Another story line has Lucille’s nephew (Lucas Black) standing up to a bigoted sheriff. Antonio Banderas, making his directorial debut, can’t keep the schizophrenic plot from collapsing into unfortunate camp. D+

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