A backwoods Alabama boy named Peejoe -short for Peter Joseph- gets a quick education in grown-up matters like freedom in 1965. The catalyst is an unlikely source - his glamorous, eccentric Aunt Lucille, who escapes from her abusive husband and takes off for Hollywood to pursue her dreams of TV stardom. Written by
Crazy in Alabama is the most satisfying film I've seen since Forrest Gump. A gung-ho parallel storyline, nice performances (particularly Rod Steiger) and surprisingly strong directing. Lucas Black, from Sling Blade, again is remarkably convincing as the viewpoint character.
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