How does one assemble a cast including Kris Kristofferson, Dwight Yoakam, Val Kilmer, and Hilary Duff, hire T-Bone Burnett as a musical director, and emerge with an atrocious film? Not only could Bloodworth
director Shane Dax Taylor offer incisive pointers on this, but he could also conceivably be hired to teach a course on the subject. As an adaptation of William Gay’s 2002 novel Provinces of Night
, everything about this rural ensemble drama feels built for greatness, but sloppy and stupid. In fact, the film only succeeds at eliciting unintentional laughter.
The story involves Fleming Bloodworth (Reece Daniel Thompson), a high school senior g...