Daddy and Them (2001)

Daddy and Them




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Billy Bob Thornton wrote, directed, and starred in this serio-comic look at the trials (literally and figuratively) of an eccentric Arkansas family. Struggling musician Claude (Thornton) and his wife Ruby (Laura Dern) get the news that Claude's uncle Hazel (Jim Varney) has been accused of murder and is in jail awaiting trial. Claude and Ruby head for the Alabama town where they grew up, and, before long, there's a friendly (and sometimes not-so-friendly) war of words among the factions of the … More

Rating: R (strong language)
Genre: Drama, Comedy
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Written By: Billy Bob Thornton
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On DVD: Jan 13, 2004
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as Claude Montgomery

as Ruby Montgomery

as O.T. Montgomery

as Jewel

as Julia Montgomery

as Hazel

as Lawrence Bowen

as Elaine Bowen

as Tommy Christian

as Hazel's Lawyer
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Critic Reviews for Daddy and Them

All Critics (8)

Isn't horrible and isn't a classic either.

Full Review… | August 25, 2004
Apollo Guide

As long as yahoo endeavors like this keep getting financed, don't expect the South to rise again any time soon.

February 4, 2004
Creative Loafing many other opportunities are you going to get to hear Andy Griffith use a particularly nasty euphemism for prison rape?

Full Review… | February 1, 2004
Reel Film Reviews

With only modest expectations in mind, this dysfunction-palooza turns out to be a loosely knit, affable enough treat.

Full Review… | January 26, 2004
Entertainment Today

These dysfunctional characters seem so real, thanks to excellent acting by everyone involved and to Billy Bob Thornton's intuitive writing and directing.

Full Review… | January 14, 2004
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Full Review… | May 5, 2003
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Audience Reviews for Daddy and Them

I must admit, I purchased this movie because I knew Jim Varney was in it. He was such a wonderful and versatile actor but I found it slightly uncomfortable hearing those foul words come from his mouth.(it was only a couple). It's not something I'm used to with him. Billy Bob Thorton really hit the nail on the head about dysfunctional families and this was about as dysfunctional as it gets. I'm from the South and, of course, I've never seen families like this in real life even though they're out there. I do like Billy's role as 'Carl' from "Slingblade" better. Jim Varney, as 'Uncle Hazel' is the only non drinker in the movie while the rest can really put away the alcohol. Uncle Hazel is falsely accused of attempted murder and is thrown in jail. The rest of the clan rally together to help him out of this situation. The first two lawyers, whom of which were married, didn't pan out and they ended up with a public defender. The courtroom scene with Jim Varney is one of the best scenes in my opinion. Claude is married to Ruby but used to date her sister, Rose. Jealousy is a big player in this. Claude and Ruby are very jealous of each other, but perhaps Ruby has some reason for it. Claude still flirts with Rose as she flirts right back. It's harmless flirting but it's a big hit for Ruby's self esteem. I think this movie pretty much translates to: "Stand by your family, accept each other but also respect one another and consider their feelings the next time you say or do something toward them."

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