(DramaRomance) Lucy is a 30-something woman who keeps waking up with a stiff hangover and a guy she doesnt even want to look at. If coming to grips with why she keeps repeating this pattern isnt enough, Lucy also begins to realize that she needs to get in touch with her familial past and, more ...
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(DramaRomance) Lucy is a 30-something woman who keeps waking up with a stiff hangover and a guy she doesnt even want to look at. If coming to grips with why she keeps repeating this pattern isnt enough, Lucy also begins to realize that she needs to get in touch with her familial past and, more importantly, with the person she has become.from via
Come Early Morning comes as a mid-afternoon career correction for Ashley Judd, an actress oft dissed in the years since her fresh, breakout performance in the indie gem Ruby in Paradise. No mystery there: what other lovely and talented woman has appeared in such a string of crummy serial-killer movies By redemptive contrast, Come Early Morning suggests a de facto sequel to Ruby 13 years down the road. Again Judd limpidly portrays a young Southern woman, Lucy, trying to get free of a debilitating heritage--dysfunctional family on every side--and find her way to some kind of contentment. Lucy makes more bad decisions than Ruby did. For her, early morning isnt so much a new day as the hour when she faces waking up with one more guy she couldnt care less about. She plans it that way, because commitment is something she flees with grim resolve. But she also knows that the program isnt working for her. The writing-directing debut of another offbeat actress, Joey Lauren Adams (Chasing Amy), this is a beautifully observed film, free of condescension toward its Arkansas folk, with an appreciative eye for the plain beauties of small-town life and semi-rural roads, and a sharp ear for three-cushion dialogue. Did I miss Easter Lucys housemate quietly cracks when she finds Lucy dressed for Sunday-go-to-meetin; Lucys trying to reconnect with her estranged dad (a magical, almost wordless performance by the wonderful Scott Wilson), whos started attending a new holy-roller church. She also meets a newcomer (Jeffrey Donovan, excellent) who ought to be Mr. Right . . . but nothing quite plays out according to formulaic expectation in this movie--among the most satisfying of 2006, which most people are going to have to discover on DVD.