Daddy and Them (2001)




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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 family, including Claude's mother Jewel (Diane Ladd), father O.T. (Andy Griffith), and sister Rose (Kelly Preston). Daddy and Them's supporting cast includes Jamie Lee Curtis and Ben Affleck as a pair of married attorneys, Brenda Blethyn as Hazel's wife Julia, and Jeff Bailey, and John Prine as Claude's brothers. While Daddy and Them was shot in 1999 -- and would have been his first directorial effort after his breakthough hit Sling Blade -- the film stayed in the editing room for several years, and wasn't released until after his third feature, All The Pretty Horses.
Rating: R (strong language)
Genre: Comedy , Drama
Directed By: Billy Bob Thornton
Written By: Billy Bob Thornton
In Theaters: wide
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Billy Bob Thornton
as Claude Montgomery
Laura Dern
as Ruby Montgomery
Andy Griffith
as O.T. Montgomery
Brenda Blethyn
as Julia Montgomery
Ben Affleck
as Lawrence Bowen
Jamie Lee Curtis
as Elaine Bowen
Walton Goggins
as Tommy Christian
Joe McCrackin
as Hazel's Lawyer
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Full Review… | October 18, 2008
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Full Review… | December 6, 2005
Film Threat

The sound and picture quality are good.

Full Review… | August 25, 2004
Apollo Guide

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

Full Review… | August 25, 2004
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Full Review… | March 16, 2004
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Full Review… | February 7, 2004

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