Rock singer John Mellencamp makes his screen and directorial debut in this story by "Lonesome Dove" author, Larry McMurtry. The story, not too separated from Mellencamp's real life, finds ...
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Rock singer John Mellencamp makes his screen and directorial debut in this story by "Lonesome Dove" author, Larry McMurtry. The story, not too separated from Mellencamp's real life, finds him as a country music star whose meanderings and philandering has thrown his life into turmoil. Returning to his native Indiana to try to reestablish a normal life. Instead he takes up with an old lover (Lenz), ignoring his loving wife (Hemingway), and duplicating the lifestyle of his womanizing father (Akins).Written by
John Sacksteder <Jsack@ka.net>
I watched this movie because Richard Roeper said that it was a "hidden gem" and that he had offered a "money back guarantee" to anyone who didn't like the movie. He said this on an episode of "At the Movies" where Mellencamp was the guest reviewer.
Anyway...I'm not going to demand my money back from Roeper, but I thought the movie was only so-so. I agree with others who thought the beginning was much stronger than the end. I also thought that the movie didn't adequately resolve the (admittedly difficult) problem of how to convey the numbing boredom of small-town life without itself being boring.
Some good moments, but overall too clichéd and too pat an ending. I do agree that it was WONDERFUL to see the great Claude Akins and Dub Taylor.
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