November 10, 2006
Studio: Roadside Attractions
Director: Joey Lauren Adams
MPAA Rating: R (for language and some sexual situations)
Screenwriter: Joey Lauren Adams
Starring: Ashley Judd, Jeffrey Donovan, Laura Prepon, Diane Ladd, Scott Wilson, Ray McKinnon, Tim Blake Nelson
Official website: ComeEarlyMorningthefilm.com
"Come Early Morning" is a beautifully rendered film about a southern woman in a small-town, rural community, a subject director Joey Lauren Adams obviously knows intimately. Delicately told, and rather efficiently related, it is the story of Lucy, 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 to realize that she needs to get in touch with her familial past and, more importantly, with the person she has become. Fueled by a perfectly nuanced performance from the gifted Ashley Judd, "Come Early Morning" is about life transitions, the search for love, and the burdens we carry with us. A portrait of simple truths that isn't archetypal melodrama, it steadfastly avoids wallowing in the depths of sentimentality of self-destruction.