(Drama/Romance) Lucy is a 30-something woman who keeps waking up with a stiff hangover and a guy she doesn't even want to look at. If coming to grips with why she keeps repeating this pattern isn't enough, Lucy also begins... more » to realize that she needs to get in touch with her familial past and, more importantly, with the person she has become.« less
Would be a very good movie for someone who enjoys the southern type movies. Thought this movie was pretty good although it wasn't my taste of movies.
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Melissa D. (missyd3694) from FERNLEY, NV Reviewed on 5/4/2010...
Good movie. Doesn't try to sugar coat things. Ashley Judd sure is a good actress
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Down and Out in Arkansas
MICHAEL ACUNA | Southern California United States | 11/22/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Lucy Fowler sleeps around, has big issues with her father, hasn't kissed a man since High School without being drunk and generally thinks little of herself or her well being but manages to be a crack cement contractor respected by her peers...which I like and which would not have occurred had a man written and/or directed this film: who in this case is actress Joey Lauren Adams ("Chasing Amy"). Ashley Judd plays Lucy like a woman who has long ago given up the search for Mr. Right and is now only looking for someone with whom to spend the night and a lot of men are more than happy to accommodate her. But she remains empty, angry and yet strangely passive and submissive when it comes to her needy relatives who primarily use her to chauffeur them around and referee their arguments. Then Cal Percell (Jeffrey Donovan) comes along: new in town, able to look beyond Lucy's obvious faults, honorable, upstanding yet edgy and just a good all around guy. Of course, Lucy is initially attracted and naturally does everything that she can to ruin their relationship. Writer/Director Adams knows of what she writes and directs here. It is obvious that Lucy is close to her heart and "Come Early Morning" as a result is thoughtful, remarkably open-minded, modern and emotionally meaningful. "
Lookin' for love in all the wrong places...
H. S. Wedekind | Pennsylvania, USA | 04/05/2007
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Initially, I was drawn into this small movie and wanted to learn more about Lucy (Ashley Judd) and why she was so self-destructive. She is a strong-willed woman in her 30s who wants to be loved, but seeks out men who don't qualify as anything more than one-night-stands. Lucy works hard in the construction business by day and then transforms into a barfly at night. She does a lot of drinking (this movie is also part info-mercial for a certain light beer) and sleeping around with nameless guys she meets when she's drunk. There's also a side story about a sick dog she takes home that was written into the script for some unknown reason. Eventually, Lucy meets Cal, a nice guy who is in love with his car, and struggles to avoid getting too involved with him. She begins to feel something for Cal, until she senses he wants more than she is willing to give, and then she reverts back to drinking and promiscuity and turns him away. This was the part that didn't quite make this an enjoyable romantic movie for me. Lucy is a very attractive woman (even without makeup and uncombed hair) and has a "girl-next-door" innocence...until she becomes a foul-mouthed slut after drinking to excess. Flip-flop personality aside, I was somewhat drawn to her. I won't go into the other characters in the story who happen to be her dysfunctional family. They were generally unhappy and there was a connection between them and Lucy's dark side. It was inferred that she acted the way she did because of her father's drinking and womanizing past. I have to say that I was surprised this movie was praised so highly by many critics. I expected more and was left at the end of it with a feeling of "Is that all there is?""
Ashley Judd, Welcome Back
Grady Harp | Los Angeles, CA United States | 04/12/2007
(3 out of 5 stars)
"COME EARLY MORNING marks the writing and directing debut of Joey Lauren Adams who elects to share a bit of her birthplace atmosphere in Arkansas and while the story is sound and the writing evocative of the personal turmoil of little towns populated by good but bored people, there is nothing new here. But just the opportunity to see gifted actress Ashley Judd strut her stuff is reason enough to watch this little film and makes us wonder where has she been since her 2004 stint in 'De-Lovely'. She is just too fine an actress not to be given more beefy roles.
Lucy Fowler (Judd) lives in a little Arkansas town, a successful contractor with boss Owen Allen (Stacy Keach, another underused fine actor), but a woman without a firm attachment to her fragmented family: her shy and sequestered father (Scott Wilson) has returned to town where he hides in alcohol and steps out only for Holy Roller church services; her grandmothers Doll (Candyce Hinkle) is unstable and keeps to herself and Nana (Diane Ladd) remains in a mutually abusive marriage; and her uncle Tim (Tim Blake Nelson) who is the only stalwart member of the clan. Lucy lives with her friend Kim (Laura Prepon) who understands Lucy's shortcomings: unable to form relationships, Lucy spends her weekends getting drunk at the local tavern and sleeping with anonymous men whom she deserts a dawn.
But things change when Lucy encounters Cal Percell (Jeffrey Donovan) who provides her with the first semblance of normalcy in her relationships with men, a frightening new step she abuses by entering into her drinking mode again. Lucy begins to make changes in her view of her family, her fear of being the mirror image of her father, in her work, and in the way she views men. And the film just trails off leaving us wondering what life will now be like.
Adams has a fine handle on her subject and creates dialog that feels like it should: her election to make such a fine three-dimensional character out of Lucy's father who barely has a line to say is much to her credit (and the strong performance by Scott Wilson!). But in the end it is the pleasure of seeing Ashley Judd in a meaty role that makes the difference. Grady Harp, April 07
If you score a three-pointer but no one sees, does it count?
J. SHARP | Alabama - United States | 03/23/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Even though all the critics loved Ashley Judd's performance in "Come Early Morning" (and she even had some support for an Oscar nomination in 2006), others kept harping about how she has wasted her formidable talents in a flood of serial-killer genre movies. Well, she was in a total of three movies that involved serial killers and in one of those her scene wasn't used in the final film. The only reason she gets pegged as Thriller Chick is because those are the only films a mass audience has bothered to watch.
Thanks to nonexistent media saturation, odds are that they'll miss this independent delight, too. Or if they do watch it, they'll hate it because of the bait-and-switch packaging it's received in its DVD release. The cover promises a light and airy, tied-up-in-a-neat-bow-at-the-end, rom-com confection that is miles removed from the scruffy, minimalist, starkly honest, fair-minded, and open-ended slice of semi-rural life that is contained inside. If you need a resolution to all plot threads and relationships at the end of a movie, be forewarned.
I love Ashley's work here. Adams' freshman directorial effort has a few rough edges but that's okay. Just watch it."
Great acting by Ashley Judd
Jane Doe | USA | 06/05/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"It was Ashley Judd's acting that drew me into this flick. I didn't even know she had it in her to come across so real. I like how this movie doesn't have a happy, fairytale ending. It has a realistic ending. It ends with a beginning, really. Watch it, you'll see. It's gritty and life-like, not cutesy-poo like the dvd case photo would have you believe."