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Come Early Morning is a beautifully rendered film about a southern woman in a small-town, rural community, a subject director Joey Lauren Adams obviously knows intimately. Delicately told, and rather efficiently related, it is the story of Lucy, a 30-something woman who keeps waking up with a stiff hangover and a guy she doesn't even want to look at.

If coming to grips with why she keeps repeating this pattern isn't enough, Lucy also begins to realize that she needs to get in touch with her familial past and, more importantly, with the person she has become. Fueled by a perfectly nuanced performance from the gifted Ashley Judd, Come Early Morning is about life transitions, the search for love, and the burdens we carry with us. A portrait of simple truths that isn't archetypal melodrama, it steadfastly avoids wallowing in the depths of sentimentality or self-destruction.

You can't help but appreciate this kind of storytelling for its directness, honesty, and qualities of toughness and heart that leave you wanting to know more as it plays itself out, following you into that part of your filmic memory reserved for distinction.


Studio Universal (Music)
SKU 204107109
UPC 796019799775
UPC 14 00796019799775
Format DVD
Release Date 12/20/2011
Rating Rating
Name Judd,Ashley
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Cast & Crew
Alan Brewer - Original Music By
Ashley Judd - Actor
Candyce Hinkle - Actor
Daniel Grodnik - Executive Producer
Diane Ladd - Actor
Edward Bass - Producer
Jeffrey Donovan - Actor
Joey Lauren Adams - Director
Joey Lauren Adams - Writer
Laura Prepon - Actor
Max Biscoe - Production Designer
Meg Reticker - Editor
Scott Wilson - Actor
Stacy Keach - Actor
Tim Blake Nelson - Actor
Tim Orr - Cinematographer
Nominee (2006) Sundance Film Festival, Joey Lauren Adams, Grand Jury Prize - Dramatic
Review In Come Early Morning, Chasing Amy actress Joey Lauren Adams' impressive writing/directing debut, a tough, tender, character-driven slice of life, Lucy is at a crossroads. She can keep on keeping on and allow her bitterness to utterly consume her, or she can take baby steps toward change...For Judd, the movie is a homecoming of sorts, revisiting the territory of her acclaimed first feature Ruby in Paradise as she plays another independent Southern woman, only older now and more damaged. Lucy is a role seemingly tailored exactly for her...This is a small but exquisitely detailed film, and it's easy to see why it attracted such a fabulous cast. It's not that often that actors get to play such richly realized characters. For Adams, this is one self-assured debut that only leaves one nagging question: What will she do next?
Reviewer Pam Grady
ReviewRating 9
ReviewSource Variety
Review Thesp Joey Lauren Adams ("Chasing Amy") makes her feature writing-directing debut with "Come Early Morning," a film that feels half therapeutic exercise and half the sort of low-key down-home regional drama that was a U.S. indie staple a couple of decades back. Coming full circle in a sense from her original Sundance breakthrough with "Ruby in Paradise," Ashley Judd confidently plays a Southern woman who urgently needs to pull her life together. But, despite her efforts and those of a generally talented cast, pic just pokes along and offers nothing out of the ordinary in terms of drama, characterization or insight...Writing and directing are elementary, and even ace indie lenser Tim Orr can do little to supply visual distinction.
Reviewer Todd McCarthy
ReviewRating 7
DVD, Spanish, Subtitled
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Actor Judd,Ashley
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Lou Lumenick, New York Post The kind of small gem that's becoming increasingly rare in American films.
Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly The baby-voiced costar of "Chasing Amy" proves an effortless filmmaker, turning Lucy's journey into the awakening of a soul.
Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times Ashley Judd gives one of the best performances of her career.
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