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Child of God Movie

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CHILD OF GOD James Franco, Scott Haze, and Jonathan Fisher
Jen Susman & Carling McManus

Child Of God

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
R
runtime:
104 minutes
Limited Release Date:
08/01/14
performer:
James Franco, Scott Haze, Tim Blake Nelson
director:
James Franco
distributor:
Well Go USA
author:
3457
genre:
Drama

We gave it a B

In a risky performance consisting of simian gestures and dialogue delivered through teeth too big for his head, Scott Haze plays the diseased Tennessee outcast of Cormac McCarthy’s 1973 novel. The character poops in the woods, rapes corpses, and dresses in his victims’ scalped hair and clothing — and co-writer/director James Franco shows us every grotesque minute of it. He isn’t breaking narrative ground — surely he’s seen Taxi Driver and Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer — but should get credit for tweaking the book’s ending (a no-no in McCarthyland) and for possessing the willpower to make a movie that virtually no one is going to see. B

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