Black Snake Moan

Black Snake Moan

DVD - 2007
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Lazarus is an extremely religious man who is broken hearted after his wife leaves him for his own brother. Rae is the town slut, apparently afflicted with the "disease" of uncontrollable nymphomania. After a night of hard partying and sleeping around, Rae, is beaten up and left by the roadside near Lazarus' house. Lazarus takes her in and chains her to his radiator while trying to "cure" her insatiability. Eventually, the two become friends and help each other recover from their extremes of lust and piety to become more balanced individuals.
Publisher: Hollywood, Calif. : Paramount Home Entertainment, 2007
ISBN: 9781415732571
Branch Call Number: DVD ADULT
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (115 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in


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Feb 16, 2020

An admittedly controversial storyline which drew ire from female critics for its likening of one woman’s sexuality to demonic possession (not to mention frank, often violent, sex scenes), yet there is an undeniable sympathy which runs throughout. The relationship between bitter old black man and emotionally brittle white girl is nothing like the exploitation suggested by the film’s unfortunate theatre posters (a bone of contention with Ricci) but rather a dysfunctional therapy of sorts, laced with dark humour and an adamant refusal to pigeonhole either character. She cools down despite being chained to a red hot radiator while he pours out his soul in a series of bluesy ballads, and in the background secondary characters keep things in perspective—a teenaged store clerk embodies innocence, a female pharmacist’s romantic advances give a bitter man a sense of hope, and a preacher provides the calm eye to the storm which is enveloping everyone. A movie about broken people trying to heal in whatever way they can, even if their methods might prove scandalous to more sensitive viewers. Impeccable performances are backed up by soulful music (played and sung by Jackson himself) and a script as sharp as it is tawdry.

Mar 25, 2018

We really liked this movie so well done. Can't imagine anyone not enjoying a couple hours being entertained to the likes of this film. Other comments made were really on spot and there is nothing that I can add to improve on whats been said. Jackson played an excellent role that may reflect into his own life and values.

Aug 23, 2017

A great study in how early life experiences affect our present behaviour. It also shows how kindness and understanding can overcome even the worst of our memories. As usual, Sam Jackson is superb.

Oct 21, 2016

An off-beat movie, but very good. A good script and great acting. Loved it.

Jun 22, 2015

We really enjoyed this movie. It's dark and the people damaged and troubled. But it's got heart. Interesting the way the characters work together to overcome- And the music is fantastic.

4 1/2 Stars from me

Jan 16, 2013

very good

Jul 23, 2012

Brutally graphic or honest story of three damaged people in a rural town. Rotten Tomato review got it right:

Nov 26, 2007

A jilted husband / Blues singer devotes himself to helping a sexual-abuse victim in unorthodox fashion, enabling both to pick up the pieces of their lives. The film's attractions include Christina Ricci's lovely body and acting (in that order.) It seems amazingly easy for Justin Timberlake to play a redneck subject to panic attacks.


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