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Plain Dirty
Plain Dirty
Actors: Dominique Swain, Henry Thomas, Arie Verveen, James Urbaniak, Karen Allen
Director: Zev Berman
Genres: Drama, Horror, Mystery & Suspense
R     2004     1hr 43min



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Actors: Dominique Swain, Henry Thomas, Arie Verveen, James Urbaniak, Karen Allen
Director: Zev Berman
Creators: Scott Kevan, Eric Strand, Andrea Magder, Brian Gerber, Jake Froelich, Lauren Moews, Peter Wetherell, Susan Jackson, Deborah Pryor
Genres: Drama, Horror, Mystery & Suspense
Sub-Genres: Love & Romance, Horror, Mystery & Suspense
Studio: Screen Media
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen - Closed-captioned,Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 05/04/2004
Release Year: 2004
Run Time: 1hr 43min
Screens: Color,Widescreen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 4
MPAA Rating: R (Restricted)
Languages: English
Subtitles: English

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Member Movie Reviews

Tarra S. (thesaintmom) from PIEDMONT, SC
Reviewed on 5/1/2008...
Very good movie! I could never guess where the plot was going. I was always wrong. Keeps your attention throughout the entire movie. Not your run of the mill story! 4 stars.
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Movie Reviews

Kept me glued to the screen
Margaux Paschke | New York | 01/05/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)

"I liked the way this movie worked. We are introduced to a poor couple living in some nameless small town in the Deep South and watch this quirky little cast of characters live in squalor by choice as well as circumstance. I liked that the movie portrayed the young pretty thing (Inez/Dominique Swain) realistically, she could not look too attractive in this film. It starts out as a star-crossed lover movie but it's more of a fable - don't judge a book by its cover comes to mind along with several other proverbs.

Plot goes something like this: fortune teller friend (Karen Allen) advises Inez that her true love is waiting for her. Inez assumes it's the rich pasty faced aristocrat with whom she has been fornicating. Her husband, struggling to get them out of poverty through robbery and other schemes, is not happy about the long disappearances of his wife on a daily basis so he beats & locks her up to stop her cheating ways. Flowers is a creepy figure that sniffs around Inez and helps the husband keep guard. Inez talks Flowers into doing her dirty work but things do not turn out the way she planned. The ending was very fitting and had an edgy fairytale quality to it. Rain comes poring down on Inez and her one true love, washing all their dirt away. Which made "Plain Dirty" a very apropos title - living life sometimes is just plain dirty unless you have a fairy godmother (Karen Allen) and fate bring you your one true love, by any means necessary.

There were key scenes that helped the characters come to life: when the husband places a chain around Inez' foot in an honest attempt to keep their marriage together, it is pathetic yet poignant; the touching scene where the fortune teller takes care of Inez and shares what little she has; or where Flowers and Inez discover they had the same childhood hiding spot. These are not just "backwoods hicks" as one angry reviewer suggests and you don't need to go to poor areas to find people neglecting one another and ignoring what is right in front of them. Also, I did not find Inez to be a helpless victim. It is clear from the very beginning that it is not one of those movies.

I gave it four stars for the engrossing characters and plotline and subtracted one star for the loopy MacBeth references - they have no place here and Scotland, PA does a greater job of updating Shakespeare's MacBeth then this movie.
Love the deep South!!
angelgun6 | California | 07/04/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I came across this movie on the LMN, and I loved it!! I was sucked right into this movie from the beginning, and caught myself wondering why isn't she doing this, or why doesn't she do that? I love Dominique Swain, and she was brilliant as a poor southern girl, and her friendship with her fortune teller friend was great, but the only part that really bugged me was WHY WAS SHE SO FILTHY THROUGH THE WHOLE MOVIE? I don't mean a filthy mouth, I mean, she obviously NEVER took a bath. EVER. I wanted to reach into the movie and throw her into the river myself.
I don't recommend this movie for everyone, I personally love everything about the south, and this movie has IT ALL! The accents, the messy house out in the bayou, the mental stalking crazy guy, the abusive husband,... if you like that kind of thing, this is the movie for you, but if not, you might want to invest in a movie like,... Girl, where Dominique is clean and sweet."
This movie is great
shatur69 | oklahoma | 05/16/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"a really great movie, arie verveen's character would have to be my favorite in this movie. if anything watch this movie, if you have any taste you'll love it.l"