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Crazy in Alabama (1999)

tomatometer

30

Average Rating: 4.5/10
Reviews Counted: 56
Fresh: 17 | Rotten: 39

Melanie Griffith gets kudos for her performance, but the movie just doesn't seem to come together.

27

Average Rating: 4.5/10
Critic Reviews: 22
Fresh: 6 | Rotten: 16

Melanie Griffith gets kudos for her performance, but the movie just doesn't seem to come together.

audience

64

liked it
Average Rating: 3.1/5
User Ratings: 7,370

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Movie Info

Comedy and drama take turns in this period piece based on a novel by Mark Childress. Peejoe (Lucas Black), short for Peter Joseph, lives in a small Alabama town in 1965, at the height of the Civil Rights movement. He becomes involved with a group of black students protesting the town's racially segregated municipal swimming pool, leading to a protest that explodes into deadly violence. But Peejoe has gotten a crash course in standing your ground and following your own path from his free-spirited

PG-13,

Drama, Comedy

Mark Childress

Mar 28, 2000

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All Critics (69) | Top Critics (24) | Fresh (17) | Rotten (39) | DVD (10)

Never has a woman been more lovingly directed by her real-life husband in a Hollywood film.

January 1, 2000
Boston Globe
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As for Griffith, it's the best role she's had since Working Girl.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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Campy as a flick by Banderas' evident artistic mentor, Pedro Almódovar.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
Entertainment Weekly
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A key problem is that the Lucille storyline just doesn't work.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune
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Too many scenes feel excessively underscored, either by Mark Snow's sentimental music, or by characters commenting on the action.

January 1, 2000
Film.com
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Crazy in Alabama manages to be both sweeping and small, quirky and sincere, and offers Melanie Griffith her best role in years.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Detroit News
Detroit News
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With its sluggish pace and awkward continuity, 'Crazy in Alabama' emerged as one of the most disappointing films released in 1999.

June 22, 2013 Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews
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OK, Antonio, you love your wife, but that doesn't mean you have to cast her.

January 4, 2010 Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com
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Banderas' direction is as unstable as an isotope on Three Mile Island.

May 30, 2003 Full Review
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

Connecting Lucille's actions with the boy's in a way that makes sense is a challenge that first-time director Antonio Banderas and screenwriter Mark Childress fail to meet.

January 1, 2000
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

A cinematic hash of stale ingredients.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Internet Reviews
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There are a lot of movies struggling to get out of Crazy in Alabama, and most of them are bad.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: San Francisco Examiner
San Francisco Examiner

The film is all over the board and never demonstrates a dominant personality to lead the viewer through the story.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Screen It!
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[Rod Steiger] is the only man I know who can overact while his character is asleep.

January 1, 2000
Charlotte Observer

Of course, it's probably foolhardy to expect logic or realism from a movie with the word 'crazy' in the title.

January 1, 2000
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Melanie Griffith's presence causing the upbeat portion of Mark Childress' story to drag its feet, the movie tips out of kilter.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Orlando Weekly
Orlando Weekly

Crazy in Alabama ends up in a state of confusions.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: San Diego Union-Tribune
San Diego Union-Tribune

Audience Reviews for Crazy in Alabama

Amazing comic tale about racism, freedom, spousal abuse, and personal growth.
June 19, 2007
deano
Dean McKenna

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crazy is right
January 25, 2007
sanjurosamurai
danny d

Super Reviewer

This is technically a "coming-of-age" film, but it has a kookiness to it that's irresistible. It deals with 60's racism without being heavy-handed - while also being a road-trip movie. It's completely odd and completely unique. Antonio Banderas should consider directing more often.
March 23, 2012
Lemure

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    1. Aunt Lucille: Honey, I'm wanted in seven states.
    – Submitted by Alyssa B (2 months ago)
    1. Peter Joseph "Peejoe" Bullis: Uncle Dove, do you really think that Aunt Lucille stole that car?
    2. Dove: Absolutely. Baby sister wants a car, she's gonna get one!
    – Submitted by Alyssa B (2 months ago)
    1. Peter Joseph "Peejoe" Bullis: Life and death are only temporary, but freedom goes on forever.
    – Submitted by Alyssa B (2 months ago)
    1. Aunt Lucille: There are lot of ways you can kill a person. There are fast ways, and there are slow ways. Chester was killin' me the slow ways for thirteen years.
    – Submitted by Alyssa B (2 months ago)
    1. Aunt Lucille: I'm the kinda girl that who can resist anything but temptation.
    – Submitted by Alyssa B (2 months ago)
    1. Aunt Lucille: Can I leave my husband here?
    – Submitted by Alyssa B (2 months ago)
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