This would be a daunting project for a seasoned director, let alone first-timer Banderas, with its odd mix of Alabama milieu, Thelma and Louise-style revenge saga and straightforward coming-of-age tale. Oh, and it's all set against the backdrop of the '60s civil rights movement. Griffith offs her unpleasant husband and heads to Hollywood with the guy's noggin in tow.
Her adoring nephew has his own problems confronting the ugly racism of his hometown, personified by the evil sheriff, ably played by music star-turned-credible character actor Meat Loaf. Given the schizoid nature of its material, it's no surprise that Banderas isn't able to settle into a cinematic groove, but what the movie lacks in emotional coherence it (almost) makes up for in color, grit, sentiment and costume changes.