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One of unsung B-picture director Jack ("A Small Town in Texas") Starrett's most appealing and hence underrated features, this disarmingly sweet, big-hearted, beautifully well-observed and surprisingly moving seriocomic slice of blue collar life centers on one Dolin Pike (the always affable and excellent Bruce Davison), an honest, well-meaning, but hopelessly down on his luck divorced father and prison parolee who's struggling to keep himself afloat as a farm hand at a sheep ranch. Realizing that legitimate venues for the success he wants just ain't working, Pike has to resort to his past criminal ways in order to obtain a better and more worthwhile quality of life. So Dolin, assisted by newfound girlfriend Baby (a spunky performance by the ever-sultry Susan George), decides to steal several grand from mean slickster local mobster Charlie Kardus (Anthony Franciosa in peak slimy form) and hightail to Mexico with Baby (who's Charlie's unhappy moll) and loving son Boots (the adorable Andre Gower) in tow. Directed with delightful and unexpected warmth and buoyancy by the usually more tough-minded Starrett, with an astute and credible script by David Neuman and Richard Gruddis, a lively, jolly country swing score by Steve Dorff, winning moments of unforced raucous humor, uniformly fine acting from a personable cast (Bruno Kirby is especially solid as Dolin's loyal goofball buddy Flash), a strong subtext on the roughness, desperation and aspirations of arduous working class existence, and a grimy, realistically tart'n'tangy Texas ordinary schmo atmosphere which adds a gritty, lived-in, marvelously true-to-life quality to both the story and the characters, "Kiss My Grits" overall rates highly as a nicely touching and amiably laid-back little winner.
This is a movie I watched because I am a fan of actress Susan George, most noted for her role in Straw Dogs with Dustin Hoffman. Susan is a good actress when she has the right script and director, this film had neither to offer her or us, the viewing public. The best thing this movie had to offer was a young, obscure actress who was credited as Robin O'Conner in the end credits. She stole the show in cuteness, but even that is not enough to make this one float. I would recommend this movie only to someone who is a die hard fan of one of the actors in the movie. The movie's plot is hardly worth mentioning, about 2 brothers, who have a penchant for theft, one is lucky enough to be shagging the delectable Robin O'Conner, the other becomes involved with Susan George who is the wife of a wealthy slime-ball. The pair rob him and that is about it for plot. It's not worth being any more descriptive with this low-budget mess. There is not even an unnecessary sex scene in it to justify it being made, or at least one that's steamy enough to be called one. There are probably 2 romantic scenes, neither being worth holding your breath over.
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