Billy Bob Thornton wrote, directed, and starred in this mesmerizing drama with haunting overtones of To Kill a Mockingbird. Thornton plays a mentally retarded man who has spent 20 years in a psychiatric hospital for killing his mother and her lover. Released into the community from which he came, he befriends and protects a lonely boy regularly harassed and abused by his mom's boyfriend (a terrific performance by Dwight Yoakam). The story is ultimately about sacrifice, but Thornton certainly doesn't get twinkly about it. Some of the best material concerns the hero's no-big-deal efforts to integrate into a "normal" life: working, eating fast food, earning admiration for his handyman skills, and attaining a semblance of community among other damaged souls. John Ritter has a great part as a gay shopkeeper who tries to assuage his own loneliness by spilling his guts out to Thornton's uncomprehending character. --Tom Keogh --This text refers to the DVD edition.
One of my all time favorite movies. Worth sharing with certain people.Published 16 days ago by francis dunphy
Low bugjet movie, boring at times, too much swearing, throwing it in the garbage.Published 2 months ago by Lorraine
Very well done movie and good acting. Good story line and it was clean without the usual swearing that seems to be the norm in films these days. Highly recommend it.Published 14 months ago by Doyle Bray
Fella's at work were always talking about this movie. I totally know why now that I've seen it. Title is misleading. It's not a horror flick. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Mr. D.
This movie to Billy Bob Thornton is what "Dances With Wolves" is to Kevin Costner....simply the best work he's ever done and probably will ever do... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Misty
Billy Bob Thornton at his best.
Lucas Black plays a very believeable role as well.
I recommend this movie
I've heard this is a very good movie....however, since this is a gift for my husband for Christmas and we share the same email, please do not send anymore reviews until after... Read morePublished on Dec 7 2012 by Susan Doherty