The Vietnam-era Southern family saga
Robert Duvall plays an small-town Alabama patriarch with three middle-aged sons (zoned-out loner Thornton, hard-headed Robert Patrick, anti-war hippie
The pot of unrealized ambition, pent-up emotion and cultural friction is adequately stirred for a while, but by a certain point the deliberate pokiness and lackadaisical attitude toward character development and resolution feels like spilled food that never gets completely wiped up. With actors this good, however, there's rarely a pinched expression, heartfelt speech or laugh line that isn't at least partly sold, even if the stunted-male psychologizing at the expense of the under-written women grows tiresome.
"Jayne Mansfield's Car"
MPAA rating: R for language, sexual content, nudity, drug use and some bloody images.
Running time: 2 hours, 2 minutes.