Crazy in Alabama
reviewed by Vivian Rose, age 14, from US
"Crazy in Alabama" is a laughable, well-acted comedy/drama that takes place in Alabama in 1965.
Melanie Griffith plays Lucille, a woman who seems to epitomize the term "crazy". Loony Lucy is about as far off her rocker as you can get. First she murders her abusive husband--you can see her motivation there. But what you can't understand is why she chooses to carry his head around with her in a hatbox! (You'd think she'd dispose of it properly!). Then she leaves her seven children with her mother and heads to Hollywood to become an actress.
She also commits several other crimes, including holding up a bar and stealing a car. When stopped by a cop, she seduces him, grabs his gun and runs off.
The story is narrated by her nephew, Peter Joseph (they call him Pe-Jo, which sounds pretty silly to me). Peter and his brother, orphans who have lived with their grandmother for years, are sent to stay with their uncle while Grandma takes care of Lucille's kids. Soon Peter gets mixed up in a civil rights protest at a local pool, which leaves an African-American boy dead. (Peter was the only one who saw what happened - the sheriff basically killed the boy.)
The two plots may seem unrelated, but they tie together nicely at the end. I found "Crazy in Alabama"
enormously enticing, enjoyed all the actors in both the comical and serious drama scenes, and recommend it highly.
Rating: PG-13 (For some violence, thematic material, language and a scene of sensuality)
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