Big Bad Love

on February 22, 2002 by Kevin Courrier
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"Big Bad Love" is a big bad movie. Although it's not your ordinary failure, "Big Bad Love" is that rare case where talented people on a labor-of-love project indulge themselves with no clear perspective on what they're doing. In this instance, actor Arliss Howard, in his first effort as director, attempts to bring Mississippi author Larry Brown's short stories to life. Leon Barlow (Howard) is a down-on-his-luck Vietnam vet, an aspiring writer desperately trying to get his manuscripts published. He lives alone, now separated from his wife, Marilyn (Debra Winger), and his two kids--a sickly daughter who has a respiratory illness, and a pre-adolescent son. Howard isn't satisfied simply dramatizing the themes of Brown's work; he also wants to enter the writer's imagination. The result is a chaotic panorama that's too busy flying a lot of metaphoric flags. Starring Arliss Howard, Debra Winger, Paul Le Mat, Rosanna Arquette and Angie Dickinson. Directed by Arliss Howard. Written by Arliss Howard and James Howard. Produced by Debra Winger. An IFC release. Drama. Rated R for language and some sexuality. Running time: 120 min.
Tags: Arliss Howard, Debra Winger, Paul Le Mat, Rosanna Arquette and Angie Dickinson. Directed by Arliss Howard. Written by Arliss Howard and James Howard. Produced by Debra Winger. An IFC release. Drama, labor, dramatizing, metaphoric
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