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Sweet Virginia (2017)

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A former rodeo champ befriends a young man with a propensity for violence.

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Lila Mccabe
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Bernadette Barrett
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Lou Hopkins
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A former rodeo star, with a small time life, unknowingly starts a rapport with a young man who is responsible for the violence that has suddenly gripped his small town. Every character from his loved ones to his business patrons, plays a part in the unravelling of this community. Our aged hero must face his relationships of past and present to come up against this unpredictable predator.

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Rated R for violence, some strong sexuality, language, and drug use | See all certifications »

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21 December 2017 (Kuwait)  »

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Смерть на Аляске  »

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$10,456, 3 December 2017
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The China Brothers original spec script for Sweet Virginia was high on the Black List in 2012 - an annual list of the best screenplays in Hollywood yet to be produced. See more »

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nope-western
18 November 2017 | by See all my reviews

Two thirds of the film are a build-up to an underwhelming ending. Jon Bernthal's physique should grant him a long career but his acting can't lift this very poor script. His portrayal of a sensible tough guy is reduced to some exaggerated mannerisms and speaking with his throat instead of his mouth. Still, everything else is so lame that he somehow ends up owning the film.

I watched this because of my huge crush on Imogen Poots. She's awesome but her character is painfully underwritten. She has a couple of promising scenes and then dissapears. There are lots of missed opportunities all the way and, in my opinion, her character is the worst one.

Then there is the bad guy, who does feel like a threat sometimes. That 's good, but he seems written in one afternoon as well. A midwest version of Javier Bardem´s role in "No Country for Old Men". His relationship with the main character is too vague for a possible confrontation to have any kind of dramatic effect.

The technical part of the film is flawless and this could have been great but how anyone would consider this script to be finished is beyond me.


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