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'Big Stone Gap' filled with much corn pone, little sincerity

'Big Stone Gap' filled with much corn pone, little sincerity

That the creaky romantic comedy "Big Stone Gap" attracted such a large ensemble of talented name actors only makes this country-fried turkey feel like an even more notable miss.

Set and shot in writer-director Adriana Trigiani's hometown of Big Stone Gap, Va., a coal mining burg, the movie revolves around 40-year-old "spinster" and pharmacy owner Ave Maria Mulligan (Ashley Judd). When her mother suddenly dies, the prickly Ave (don't call her Ava!) discovers a secret with the potential to move her in some dramatic new directions. But will she go there?

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