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BIG BAD LOVE

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Big Bad Love

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
R
runtime:
111 minutes
Limited Release Date:
02/22/02
performer:
Arliss Howard, Debra Winger, Rosanna Arquette, Angie Dickinson, Paul Le Mat
director:
Arliss Howard
author:
Arliss Howard, Jim Howard
genre:
Drama

We gave it a C+

The tone of this beery, bluesy film is dictated by the pickup-truck-lovin’ prose style of Mississippi writer Larry Brown, upon whose writing the short-story-size movie is based. Arliss Howard directs and stars as a romanticized antihero with a busted marriage and a burning need to write, even when he’s drunk and hurtin’; Arliss’ real-life wife, Debra Winger, appears as the struggling writer’s ex. There’s a whole lot of opulent Southern atmosphere going on — about some stunted, opaque characters.