6.1/10
2,558
28 user 36 critic

Come Early Morning (2006)

Trailer
2:09 | Trailer
A thirty-something southern woman searches for love, despite the burdens she carries with her.

Director:

Joey Lauren Adams
2 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ashley Judd ... Lucille Fowler
Jason T. Davis Jason T. Davis ... Motel Man
Richard Lee Crow Richard Lee Crow ... Motel Clerk
Laura Prepon ... Kim
Christine Renee Ward ... Sue (as Christy Ward)
Candyce Hinkle ... Doll
Scott Wilson ... Lowell Fowler
Tim Blake Nelson ... Uncle Tim
Pat Corley ... Papa
Diane Ladd ... Nana
Wally Welch ... Eli
Ritchie Montgomery ... Bob
Jeffrey Donovan ... Cal, Cal Percell
Rick Dial Rick Dial ... Mike
Nancy Wilder ... Michelle (as Nancy Ellen Mills)
Learn more

More Like This 

Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

After being jilted by her boyfriend, a talk show talent scout writes a column on the relationship habits of men which gains her national fame.

Director: Tony Goldwyn
Stars: Ashley Judd, Greg Kinnear, Hugh Jackman
De-Lovely (2004)
Biography | Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Inspecting a magical biographical stage musical, composer Cole Porter reviews his life and career with his wife, Linda.

Director: Irwin Winkler
Stars: Kevin Kline, Ashley Judd, Jonathan Pryce
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A young woman struggles for independence and identity in a small Florida tourist town.

Director: Victor Nunez
Stars: Ashley Judd, Todd Field, Bentley Mitchum
Helen (2009)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A talented professor is forced to come to terms with her clinical depression.

Director: Sandra Nettelbeck
Stars: Ashley Judd, Goran Visnjic, Lauren Lee Smith
Bug (2006)
Drama | Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

An unhinged war veteran holes up with a lonely woman in a spooky Oklahoma motel room. The line between reality and delusion is blurred as they discover a bug infestation.

Director: William Friedkin
Stars: Ashley Judd, Michael Shannon, Harry Connick Jr.
Big Stone Gap (2014)
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

In a small town nestled in the Appalachian Mountains of Virginia, self-proclaimed spinster Ave Maria Mulligan finds her life shaken up and forever changed after learning a long-buried family secret.

Director: Adriana Trigiani
Stars: Ashley Judd, Patrick Wilson, Whoopi Goldberg
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A pregnant seventeen-year-old rebuilds her life after being abandoned by her boyfriend at a Walmart in Sequoyah, Oklahoma.

Director: Matt Williams
Stars: Natalie Portman, James Frain, Ashley Judd
Please Give (2010)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

In New York City, a husband and wife butt heads with the granddaughters of the elderly woman who lives in the apartment the couple owns.

Director: Nicole Holofcener
Stars: Catherine Keener, Oliver Platt, Rebecca Hall
She's the One (1996)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

The love lives of two brothers, Mickey and Francis, interconnect as Francis cheats on his wife with Mickey's ex-girlfriend, while Mickey impulsively marries a stranger.

Director: Edward Burns
Stars: Edward Burns, Jennifer Aniston, John Mahoney
Normal Life (1996)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Chris is young idealistic cop who falls in love and gets married to Pam, a beautiful but emotionally unstable woman who suffers from alcoholism and drug addiction. While Chris is trying ... See full summary »

Director: John McNaughton
Stars: Ashley Judd, Luke Perry, Bruce A. Young
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Two friends, a priest and a rabbi, fall in love with the same woman they knew in their youth, but the religious position of both men denies them romance.

Director: Edward Norton
Stars: Ben Stiller, Edward Norton, Jenna Elfman
The Locusts (1997)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A drifter enters a small town looking for employment. While working at the local cattle ranch, he meets and falls in love with the beautiful Kitty and becomes involved in a deadly yet erotic love triangle.

Director: John Patrick Kelley
Stars: Kate Capshaw, Jeremy Davies, Vince Vaughn
Edit

Storyline

The sins of the fathers. In a town near Little Rock, Lucy Fowler works hard for a construction firm; on weekends she drinks, goes home with someone, and come early morning, wakes and leaves as fast as she can. She cares a lot about her father, newly back in town, a painfully shy man who has nothing to say to her. She does go to a Holy Roller church with him about the same time that she starts, fitfully, a relationship with Cal Percell, new in town and a good guy. She kisses him sober, but still has demons to confront. What's the source of her careless ways; can she turn coal into a diamond? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Before you fall in love, you need to love yourself.

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and some sexual situations | See all certifications »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Chief influences for Joey Lauren Adams in writing the screenplay were Tender Mercies (1983) and Urban Cowboy (1980). See more »

Goofs

When Lucy comes in the house she is wearing sandals. She begins to take off her sweater. As she enters the next room, finishing removing her sweater, she is now wearing boots. See more »

Quotes

Lucy Fowler: It's like grapefruit, right? It's real nice and stuff and people love it, but when they're done, what's left over is pretty ugly.
See more »


Soundtracks

GET BACK TO LOVING ME
Performed by Jim Chestnut
Written by Steve D. Collom
Published by Sony/ATV Milene Music (ASCAP)
Courtesy of Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
d/b/a Hickory Records
See more »

User Reviews

Ruby revisited
11 November 2006 | by Tony43See all my reviews

Joey Lauren Admans "Come Early Morning" seems almost like a continuation of the film that made its star, Ashley Judd, famous, Victor Nunez' "Ruby in Paradise." Both pictures are about girls trying to make a life for themselves in small southern towns, but Lucy, the protagonist of "Early Morning" is at least a decade older than Ruby. That is why it seems almost to be the next chapter in Ruby's story.

The decade has not treated the protagonist well. Where as Ruby was a sort of wide eyed innocent, Lucy is now a woman whose journey through life is encumbered by a lot of baggage.

She has problems relating to men on a romantic level, seeing them as either cold and unresponsive like her father or just mean and domineering like some of the other men in her family and the slugs she picks up in local bars.

So, somewhat predictably, when she meets a nice guy, she rejects him enough times that he eventually moves on.

Ashley Judd is such a fine, appealing actress that she keeps you glued to the screen, despite the somewhat predictable plot twists. But there is something about the screenplay which fails, for I never had much faith in her character, who in many ways seemed as emotionally bottled up as her father.

And that's the film's failure. "Ruby" ended on a hopeful note, if for no other reason than that the central character was smart, resourceful and had her whole life ahead of her. "Come Early Morning's" protagonist faces a cloudy future and while the film showed guts in admitting that, it didn't leave you wanting to see more of Lucy the way the earlier film made you want more of Ruby.

Nice try by everyone involved, but it was just too dark a picture in many ways.

One final note. So many films these days have no significant subplot. Lucy had some kind of construction business, but it was so downplayed that in the end, when she takes over the business, we don't exactly know how big an achievement that is, or if it really means more to her than just taking on harder work for no real pay off.

This film could have been more effective had her career or some other aspect of her life been more fully developed so that she faced some real test there as well. Subplots are important in that they give stories and their protagonists depth. And of course, the stakes always need to be higher for the protagonist, to make us care.


7 of 15 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 28 user reviews »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Official site

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 August 2007 (Brazil) See more »

Also Known As:

A Cada Manhã See more »

Filming Locations:

USA See more »

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$50,160, 12 November 2006

Gross USA:

$119,452

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$161,408
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See full technical specs »

Contribute to This Page

We've Got Your Streaming Picks Covered

Looking for some great streaming picks? Check out some of the IMDb editors' favorites movies and shows to round out your Watchlist.



Recently Viewed