Alice King
March 31, 2000 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 C

Oh those wacky Southerners! Who else would name a kid Peejoe — or run around Hollywood with a dead husband’s head in a hatbox? Sub-Mason-Dixon Line ”colorfulness” goes with the territory in this, Antonio Banderas’ directorial debut, but its awkward pairing with a somber (and, alas, simplistic) civil rights tragedy is more jarring to watch than Griffith vamping with a jet-black ‘do. C

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