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Very, VERY slow and drawn out. Only redeeming quality in this movie was Lucas Black.
NOT recommended. What a disappointment!
"Get low, get low, get low to the window to the wall to the sweat drop down my b. . ."-Lil Jon & the East Side Boyz
This is a story about and a lesson in old-school rural hermit righteousness. And Robert Duvall is the hermit. It doesn't get better than this.
Based somewhat on the exploits of Felix Bushaloo Breazeale, a real life Tennessee recluse, but padded out for theatre audiences, Aaron Schneider’s low-keyed slice of life dramedy has but a few things going for it. Robert Duvall is exceptional as the taciturn Bush who goes from grumbling loner to articulate philosopher at the drop of a shotgun shell while Sissy Spacek keeps pace as an old flame who is just finding out she never really knew the man she once loved. Bill Murray rounds out the cast as a befuddled funeral director along with Lucas Black as his too honest assistant and Bill Cobbs as a reluctant eulogist. The 1930s touches are nice too with old jalopies, dusty country streets, and a soundtrack of original music complimented by scratchy old records. But aside from being a somewhat engaging character study nothing really takes off—the anticipated climax is more lifeless than an actual wake and the ending is hardly surprising even with the last few pieces of the puzzle plopping into place. Would have been better as a short story.
This movie escaped my notice until now (2018)--almost ten years later. Doesn't matter: timeless.
Glad I found it. It would have been an "ok" movie, but the performances by a number of seasoned, gifted performers makes it even better.
Simple story--bit of a mystery, revealed at the end--simply told. Nicely understated--a welcome change from fast cuts and loud action.
Great work by all concerned--Murray, Spacek, Duvall and relative newcomer Kevin Black as the young husband, father and funeral parlour employee about to learn a whole lot of lessons about life--while in the business of death. So we learn right along with him.
Rated 5/10. Very average. I didn't find the storyline very appealing, nor the characters. If I don't care for the plot, I'm not much concerned about the acting.
You don't get to find out until the very end, as to what happened at the beginning of the movie.
Excellent movie! First rate actors and great acting. Complex story about love, loss, secrets and forgiveness. Set in the deep south, early in the 20th century. (I can't remember if the year was mentioned). I loved the old patchwork quilts, the old town, the vintage cars, costumes, Sissy Spacek's hats. Based on a true story. I enjoy watching the commentary and interviews at the end of a film. Definitely recommend this movie!
Great acting by Robert Duvall, Bill Murray, And Sissy Spacek. Interesting comedy about life.
Excellent. This is my 2nd viewing in past years. Bill Murray and Robert Duvall, Lucas Black perfect in their roles. Some interesting comments in bonus features. Bill Cobbs as a reverend great too.~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~
Excellent film with a superb cast. While it has humorous moments, there is a serious narrative as well. Don't miss this one.
Sweet, thoughtful and superbly acted. For a simple story it had plenty of twists to hold my interest. I agree this should have received way more interest when it was released.
Excellent film, should have gotten much more attention. Duvall is superb in his role, as are the other big and small names in this movie. I may have to buy it for my own shelves!
This was funny and sad, angry and honest. A great thinking film for adults to promote conversation. The cast is amazing. And watch the special features. The interaction between Sissy, Bill and Bobby in an on stage preview is wonderful fun.
My copy of the DVD was scratched up, making continuous viewing a challenge. Despite this, the film is touching while having some funny moments at times (Billy Murray is in it). The strong cast by mostly veteran actors helps to make this film, one with no sex and little violence, a very engaging one.
The greatness of this film was to see two of the finest actors of the 70’s ust perform like they can. The other greatness is that this film is based on a true life story of a man who took 40 years to come clean and ask forgiveness for sins that he punished himself by withdrawing from society by living the life of Job. Bill Murray played the role of a mild huckster who was just trying to keep his funeral business afloat.
This film is a little slow moving, yet was interesting nevertheless. The cursing was not excessive & there were no sex scenes. Of note was the honesty of the funeral staff in spite of temptation, & Felix's conviction of his own guilt & how important it was for him to be forgiven.
Bill Murray really holds this one together for me and Duvall has all the experience to carry out an oddly believable plot.
Very slow moving. Somewhat deep characters. A man clears up his negative karma while alive in his senior years. He faces the truth that has haunted him for 40 years. He confesses. He asks the community & an old friend for forgiveness.
Loved it!! Wish I had caught it in theatres. Robert Duvall, Sissy Spacek, Lucas Black, Bill Murray and a WONDERFUL Bill Cobbs as the Reverend were simply outstanding. Recommend Highly!
Good acting from all actors. A movie way above my expectation. It is a bit slow pace but it works well in building up the climax when the secret of an mysterious old man in hermit for 40 years is revealed.
Very slow, not engaging at all. Grumpy hermit suddenly gets social. The lead up to the big reveal takes so long that I lost interest.