HEART OF DIXIE is one of those good news-bad news films. The good news is that director Martin Davidson has drawn solid performances from his three lead actresses and done a good job of re-creating the genteel, racist South of 1957, when the civil rights movement was still in its early
stages. The bad news is that audiences are likely to come away from the film wondering what the point of it was. Ally Sheedy, Virginia Madsen, and Phoebe Cates respectively play Maggie, a budding journalist; Delia, a quintessential southern belle; and Aiken, a beatnik in black leotards--sorority
sisters at an Alabama college. Maggie senses the winds of change and becomes tentatively ...