Fast-Paised review: 'Come Early Morning'

Joey Lauren AdamsAshley JuddMusic IndustryDiane LaddNicole RichieJeffrey DonovanDonovan

Lucille (Ashley Judd), a southern gal who will sleep with anyone who buys her five beers, has a new man (Jeffrey Donovan). That's about it.

Big question: Can Joey Lauren Adams' ("The Break-Up," "Chasing Amy") debut as a writer-director reflect interesting elements of her upbringing?

Skip it: What plot? This snoozer is so thin that it could gain 10 pounds and still have Nicole Richie beat. Judd is quite good, but it's a minor accomplishment when given so little to do.

Catch it: If you find televised golf too fast.

Bottom line: Minimalism is one thing, but there isn't much happening on the surface and less underneath it. If NyQuil isn't working for you, "Come Early Morning" may help.

Bonus: Incorporate this question, posed to Lucille by a drugstore clerk, into daily conversation: "So what's up with your face?"

Matt Pais is the metromix movies producer.

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'Come Early Morning'

Directed by Joey Lauren Adams; screenplay by Adams; photographed by Tim Orr; edited by Meg Reticker; music by Alan Brewer; production design by Max Biscoe; produced by Michel Litvak, Ed Bass, Julie Yorn and Holly Wiersma. A Roadside Attractions/IDP release; opens Friday at the Loews Pipers Alley theater, Landmark's Renaissance Place in Highland Park and Century Cinearts in Evanston. Running time: 1:36, MPAA rating: R (for language and some sexual situations).

Lucille - Ashley Judd

Cal - Jeffrey Donovan

Uncle Tim - Tim Blake Nelson

Kim - Laura Prepon

Nana - Diane Ladd

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