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'Come Early Morning'

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

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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