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Despite some beautiful scenery, Tennessee can't extend its simple premise beyond typical independent road trip movie tropes.
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A formulaic indie road drama.
The problem with the film is that it is depressing for no real reason.
It is a brooding, heavy story that has moments of visual beauty, but is ultimately imbued with a permanent glumness.
The good news for Carey is that she gets to prove she's a pretty decent actress after all. The bad news, of course, is that she's done it in a movie no one has any other reason to see.
Two brothers slowly make their way from New Mexico back to their home in Tennessee in a watery indie drama.
As a Texas waitress, Carey is convincing -- more so than the film itself.
Has beautiful scenery and brief suspense, but that's not nearly enough to keep you immersed or captivated in the often contrived story or any of its poorly developed characters.
So the big question is -- how was Mariah? Surprisingly, Mrs. Cannon was the light in an otherwise morbid and boring film. She had flair, swagger and a convincing Texas accent.
Too formulaic to be the sort of low-budget film that garners critical buzz or a cult audience; and too 'indie' to click with the mainstream crowd.
A rewarding and moving small drama with exceptionally fine performances all around.
Tennessee is occasionally a chore to sit through, but it does yield some third-act rewards for patient viewers, as the characters' willingness to sacrifice for the other is suddenly brought into sharp focus.
Serving merely formulaic find-yourself melodrama, the film coasts along lackadaisically.
"I'm always up for a road-trip movie. This one just wasn't the best that I have seen. I was a little iffy going into just because the movie has the singer Mariah Carey playing one of the lead roles. Of course she's some type of singer in the film. That's not predictable at all. But she wasn't the worse part about the film. She actually did a pretty decent job in the movie. The problem with the film was... I just can't put my finger on it. Maybe it was the slowness or the lack of anything really happening that had me finding this film to be just meh.
I did however enjoy moments of the movie. I think the relationship between the two brothers was what I enjoyed the most. The way Carter gave everything up for Ellis was heroic. Plus their story is a sad and tragic story. It wasn't easy watching some of the flash-back scenes of their father being abusive.
So in all, not a bad film, but nothing too great happening in it either. Acting was solid but that is as about as good as it gets with this movie."
This was a really good movie, despite that fact that Mariah Carey was in it. She isnt the best actress by any account, BUT the movie around her more than made up for it. The main cast was really talented, and they had me mesmerized. This was a very moving, touching slow paced drama...right up my alley on a dark and dreary morning.
Dreary and glum with a flicker of hope at the end.
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