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The way this story is told also might have something to do with the participation of Adrian Lyne, who co-wrote the script with O’Dell. This is Lyne’s first film credit since the drama “Unfaithful” in 2002, and the particular emphasis on sex feels like it is his handiwork, so to speak.
Pettyfer also stars as Harley, a young man who has had to take responsibility for raising his three sisters after his mother (Juliette Lewis) was put in jail for murdering their father. This information is relayed to us in a slightly awkward title card at the beginning of the film. We then see Harley in a police station answering questions about having murdered an older woman with whom he had been having an affair.
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This plot information is given to us early, and in many other films, these would be the only two points that needed to be dramatized or illuminated in some way. But the story of “Back Roads” is so full of secrets that these seeming giveaways at the beginning are only gestures towards the real, sick truth.
Harley works at a grocery store where there is a persistent buzz from the overhead fluorescent lights. He seems to be sleepwalking through his life and giving out the bare minimum for personal interaction, and there are reasons for that beyond his desperate situation. Pettyfer hews closely to his shut-down conception of his character, and he allows his cinematographer Jarin Blaschke (“The Witch”) to set up some very atmospheric shots of the family home. (These images are aided at key moments by a moody score from John Hunter.)
Harley’s sister Amber (Nicola Peltz, “Bates Motel”) is out-of-control sexually, and she taunts her brother regularly and cruelly. Amber is clearly acting out in a way that is meant to be protective, but we don’t learn the full extent of her problems until much later in the film. Harley’s younger sister Misty (Chiara Aurelia, “Gerald’s Game”) seems disturbed herself, but in a secretive way that is very different from Amber’s dramatics. The youngest sister Jody (Hala Finley, “Man With a Plan”) can never understand what is going on with her family.
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Harley finds himself attracted to the married and neglected Callie (Jennifer Morrison) when she visits the grocery store, and they start an affair slowly and grimly, though not without a certain deadpan humor at times. They first make love in a sandpit when Harley is drunk, and he keeps recklessly upping the ante on their sex life even when he knows her husband is home.
Harley is seeing a social worker named Betty (June Carryl), and as he talks to her, we begin to find out some of the causes of the strange behavior we see at home with Harley and his sisters. Their father used to beat them, but he didn’t beat their mother. It would be spoiler-heavy to go any further with what we learn as this movie goes on, but suffice it to say that there were lots of forbidden entanglements in this particular back roads home.
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“Back Roads” is engrossing, and Pettyfer deserves credit for both holding the movie together with his performance and controlling the tone of it as a director. Given the outlandishness of the material here, it would have been easy to start getting unwanted laughs in the second half of the film, but Pettyfer and his actors find the truth in it, even in a very long and demanding take where Harley confronts his mother in prison.
The writing in the two prison scenes that Pettyfer shares with Lewis has a slightly odd flavor sometimes, as if there are lines of dialogue missing, but that begins to make sense because these are two people who have to circle around the things they need to say to each other, and Lewis has to play the action of desperately not wanting to say anything to Pettyfer’s Harley.
This lack of honesty from Harley’s mother is made up for by the intense engagement that Carryl’s Betty brings to her last scene with Harley. Carryl suddenly reveals how deeply invested Betty is with Harley, and she really sells the idea that Betty has obsessively been thinking about trying to be his savior. It’s a measure of how tough “Back Roads” is that it finally views Betty’s emotion from something of a distance visually.
This is an accomplished debut from Pettyfer as a director. It shows how interested he seems to be in the scarier byways of life, which seemed clear in his performance last year in “The Strange Ones,” a very disturbing and neglected movie about child abuse that seems now like a companion piece to “Back Roads,” a film that stares unflinchingly at some of the rougher human experiences.
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Opening ABC’s night, Once Upon a Time (2.16 mil/0.4) was flat.
Over on NBC, Blindspot returned to 2.8 mil and a 0.5, ticking down from its last fresh episode to mark new lows. And for those wondering, Dateline‘s first hour (3.6 mil/0.6) outperformed Saturday-bound Taken‘s final Friday outing (3 mil/0.4).
The CW | Dynasty (670K/0.2) and Jane the Virgin‘s eventful season finale (640K/0.2) were steady.
CBS | MacGyver
Question: I was pissed that Walking Dead teased us with the helicopter all season and then didn’t tell us whose it was. Do you know? —Luke
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Forget teen-friendly jump scares and Ouija board pranks – this the real deal, that goes deep into the dark heart of the occult. From the producer of cult hits The Void and The Witch, Pyewacket can take its place alongside those other-wordly modern horror classics.
Adam MacDonald, who directed the impressive killer bear thriller Backcountry, has crafted a deliciously taut slow burner, with outstanding central performances from Nicole Munoz as witchcraft-obsessed teenager Leah, and The Walking Dead’s Laurie Holden as her mother. As surprising as it is inventive, the film plants a seed of dread from the moment teenager Leah performs an occult ritual in the woods, building to an excruciating climax that will do for
ABC’s revival of the long-running Fox series slipped to a new all-time ratings low against CBS’ Academy of Country Music Awards, according to preliminary numbers from Nielsen. And, yeah, we’re including the Fox years here.
Two hours worth of “American Idol” starting at 8 p.m. got a 1.3 rating/5 share in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and an average of 6.3 million viewers. The lows from the show’s Fox days were a 1.4 demo rating and 5.5 million total viewers.
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Though the series made a solid return when it landed on ABC last month, these numbers are the latest in a losing streak the revival has been seeing against its Fox ratings. The Sunday night premiere was down 23 percent from the show’s “farewell” season premiere and finale on its old network in 2016, both of which earned a 3.0 rating.
“The Voice” has also been kicking its butt on Monday nights for the past 5 weeks.
For the night, ABC was second in ratings with a 1.4/5 and in viewers with 7.1 million. “America’s Funniest Home Videos” at 7 had a 1.2/5 and 6.2 million viewers. Then came “Idol,” followed by James Comey’s 10 p.m. sitdown interview with ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos, which earned a 1.7/6 and 9.8 million viewers.
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While the Ryan Seacrest-hosted program saw a new demo low last night, the telecast did improve over the Disney-owned broadcaster’s time slot versus the same time last year, which included airings of “Once Upon a Time” and “Match Game.” The network saw a 152 percent lift in total viewers (6.3 million vs. 2.5 million) and a 86 percent rise in adults in the key 18-49 range (1.3/5 vs. 0.7/2). That’s progress — though expensive progress.
On average season-to-date, the revival has delivered ABC its best numbers in that two-hour time block in the last four years in total viewers and in three years among the key demo.
See how the rest of broadcast fared for the evening here.
Tony Maglio contributed to this report.
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CBS’ Hawaii Five-0 drew 7.2 million total viewers and a 0.9 rating, holding steady week-to-week to lead Friday in the demo. MacGyver (6.5 mil/0.8) and Blue Bloods (8.1 mil/0/8) also were steady in the demo, while all three dramas dropped a handful of viewers.
Over on ABC, Once Upon a Time is currently reporting 2.3 million viewers and a 0.4 rating, down a tenth in the demo to match its series low.
Former Wicked Witch, Zelena, was front and center on Once Upon a Time Season 7 Episode 17, and it resulted in the most enjoyable episode of the series in quite some time.
If this hour proved anything, it was that Zelena had an identity crisis, and she needed to snap out of it, but that involved looking into the past.
Let's just say Zelena had a reputation and she wanted to leave that in her rear-view mirror. It was fitting that her cursed life was not a curse for her, and proved that the former villain could leave magic behind in the name of love.
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Gretel: We can't eat anymore. Please.
Witch: Don't you know there are starving children in Arendelle? Now, mungie, I need you to be
Making her directorial debut, Parrilla helped bring to life a revamped tale of Hansel and Gretel, the former of which we now know to be Hyperion Heights’ Candy Killer. Her first foray into directing also of course came in the nick of time, with just six episodes left in the fantasy drama’s run.
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While Parrilla has admittedly wanted to direct for almost a decade now, she couldn't be happier that it's happening on a show she calls home. "Working on Once, being there every single day, knowing the show as well as I do, having the support and the love that I have on the show, felt like the perfect place for me to get my feet wet in
Stephanie March will make a guest appearance in “Law & Order: Svu” on Wednesday, April 18. The episode will follow Lt. Benson (Mariska Hargitay) as she crosses paths with friend and former Ada Alex Cabot (March) in the search for an abducted woman and her young daughter. See a first look photo below.
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ABC is the third network (following The CW and CBS) to unveil its list of finale dates, and the medical drama’s Season 14 closer — marking the final appearances for Jessica Capshaw and Sarah Drew’s long-tenured docs — will air on Thursday, May 17.
Also of note: The Middle will end with an hour-long series finale on Tuesday, May 22, following the conclusion of Roseanne‘s first revival season. In addition, American Idol will wrap its inaugural ABC run on the same night as Dancing With the Stars
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