A FREE BIRD

2.5 Stars
Year Released: 2013
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 90 minutes
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Good ol’ boy J.T. Broadrick is having the day from hell: fired from his steakhouse job for stealing eggs from the salad bar, his beloved car breaks down and his common-law wife discovers he is having an affair. When an ex-con pal convinces J.T. to join him in a heist, J.T. figures he has nothing to lose. However, J.T.’s streak of bad luck gets stretched further than expected.

Gregg Russell’s Dixie-fried comedy traffics unapologetically in every imaginable redneck stereotype short of burning a cross.  In comparison, Larry the Cable Guy is the new Noel Coward. And while the film is weighed down by a predictable screenplay drowned in foul language, it is beautifully framed via cinematographer Tom Pritchard and is fueled with charismatic performances by up-and-coming actors Russell Comegys, as the disreputable anti-hero J.T., and Karen-Eileen Gordon as his beleaguered soulmate.



Posted on August 26, 2013 in Reviews by
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