Although it’s entirely conventional, there’s something alternately both corny and strangely compelling about this strange little drama. Other than featuring Winona Ryder’s first leading performance, it’s also notable for an out-of-left-field, halfway-convincing performance by Rob Lowe as a mentally challenged young man that often borders on embarrassing, Golden Globe nomination notwithstanding. Nevertheless, the setting is unique and the atmosphere is pure Texas – from the chicken-fried steaks to the embedded cigarette smoke – and Jane Alexander, as Ryder’s wayward mother, is terrific in an uncharacteristically flamboyant role.
Rating: ★★★ (out of 5)
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