Movie Review: Black Snake Moan.  

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Starring: Samuel L. Jackson, Christina Ricci, Justin Timberlake, etc.
Rating: R, for strong sexual content, language, some violence and drug use.
Grade: B-

There was a time when Lazarus played the blues; a time he got Bojo's Juke Joint shakin' back in the day. Now he lives them. Bitter and broken from a cheating wife and a shattered marriage, Lazarus' soul is lost in spent dreams and betrayal's contempt--until Rae. Half naked and beaten unconscious, Rae is left for dead on the side of the road when Lazarus discovers her. The God-fearing, middle-aged black man quickly learns that the young white woman he's nursing back to health is none other than the town tramp from the small Tennessee town where they live. Worse, she has a peculiar anxiety disorder. He realizes when the fever hits, Rae's affliction has more to do with love lost than any found. Abused as a child and abandoned by her mother, Rae is used by just about every man in the phone book. She tethers her only hope to Ronnie, but escape to a better life is short-lived when Ronnie ships off for boot camp. Desperation kicks in, as a drug-induced Rae reverts to surviving the only way she knows how, by giving any man what he wants to get what she needs--until Lazarus. Refusing to know her in the biblical sense, Lazarus decides to cure Rae of her wicked ways--and vent some unresolved male vengeance of his own. He chains her to his radiator, justifying his unorthodox methods with quoted scripture. Preacher R.L. intervenes, but it is Lazarus and Rae who redeem themselves. Unleashing Rae emotionally, Lazarus unchains his heart, finding love again in Angela. By saving Rae, he frees himself.

This movie was straight up crazy.

Christina Ricci's character was this white trash chick who had just a whole grip of problems, a drug problem, a drinking problem, a sleeping with too many guys problem and she's got this boyfriend who was just shipped off to Iraq but loves her and wants her to stay true to him, only she doesn't. One night, she gets really drunk and high and she finds herself in a whole lot of trouble. She was punched and then left for dead in the middle of a dusty road and then Lazarus picks her up and chains her up and saves her and in turn frees himself from his past.

This movie was pretty good. It was crazy but it was pretty good. It was interesting to see what the heck was going on and to see Lazarus not give up on Rae and helped her see her potential. When we first meet Rae, I did not like her at all, the way she cheated on her man (I totally forgot what the heck Justin's name was in this movie) and to see how she got to be the way that she is, made me like her and at the end when she changed her ways, it made me admire her all the more.

Samuel L. Jackson did a great job with his character in this movie. He was believable and likeable. I liked seeing him deal with his own problems at the same time he was trying to help Rae with hers. I enjoyed seeing them helping each other and if you can get past all of the vulgar love scenes and just vulgarness in the movie, you'll enjoy the storyline.

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I saw this on TMN a couple months ago. It was a whacked movie, eh?

It is pretty whacked, I don't know what I was expecting but I wasn't expecting that.

this is one of my fave movies. I adore Christina Ricci

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