'Come Early Morning'

Cut a rug: Ashley Judd and Jeffrey Donovan
photo: Roadside Attractions
Cut a rug: Ashley Judd and Jeffrey Donovan


Come Early Morning
Directed by Joey Lauren Adams
Roadside Attractions, opens November 10
By dawn at the latest, as per the title, Lucille (Ashley Judd) will squeeze back into her jeans and flee another stranger's house, the screw-'em-and-split routine having something to do with her emotionally unavailable dad (Scott Wilson). But she never counted on hooking up with Cal (Jeffrey Donovan), a very, very nice guy who lends a slow hand in turning their one-night stand into a week-long recline. Judd's typically lived-in performance and the authentic Arkansas locations—cramped bars, dusty roads—help vaguely distinguish a movie that comes on like a minor-key reprise of Judd's breakthrough Ruby in Paradise and every other rural indie melodrama to grace Sundance since.

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