Blue Ridge Fall
(1999) from Tuna
Blue Ridge Fall is a nifty little indie concerning a
group of kids from a North Carolina town. When one of their number, a
slightly retarded son of a wife-beating, hard-drinking, bible-spouting
father, blows daddy away, they decide the father got what he deserved,
and their friend shouldn't be put in jail or in a home, so they hide
the body. Things go wrong pretty quickly from there, with the kids in
conflict with the law, and everyone's life ruined or worse.
Britt Leary, as girlfriend of one of the boys
shows a breast in a sex scene.
The friends are a mixed bag. Peter Facinelli is the High School
quarterback with good offers for college ball, and the most level
headed of the bunch. His steady girl is sister of a deputy sheriff.
Indeed, it is the sort of town where everybody knows everybody.
Another in the group dropped out of High School and served 6 months in
jail. Another is a member of the football team, and pretty much goes
along with the group.
The film is nicely photographed, has good pace, and
interesting characters, but I am not sure I liked the bittersweet
ending. Still, it is worth seeing as a non-comic coming of age buddy
- with their dollars: straight to video
guideline: 7.5 usually indicates a level of
excellence, about like three and a half stars
from the critics. 6.0 usually indicates lukewarm
watchability, about like two and a half stars
from the critics. The fives are generally not
worthwhile unless they are really your kind of
material, about like two stars from the critics.
Films under five are generally awful even if you
like that kind of film, equivalent to about one
and a half stars from the critics or less,
depending on just how far below five the rating
guideline: A means the movie is so good it
will appeal to you even if you hate the genre. B means the movie is not
good enough to win you over if you hate the
genre, but is good enough to do so if you have an
open mind about this type of film. C means it will only
appeal to genre addicts, and has no crossover
appeal. D means you'll hate it even if you
like the genre. E means that you'll hate it even if
you love the genre. F means that the film is not only
unappealing across-the-board, but technically
inept as well.
Based on this description, this
film is a C+.
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