It's Late, I'm Tired, and Evil Dead Rules.
Fish out of water comedies are a dime a dozen, like dumb names in the indie rock scene and girls with wrist scars. Usually, either the fish is poor and the water is rich, or vice versa, but either way, both are annoying. Unless they’re Junebug, which takes all the good bits out of Sweet Home Alabama and leaves Reese Witherspoon crushed under the weight of her leaden comic timing and bulbous forehead.
Set in North Carolina, Junebug tells a familiar story without the broad comic strokes familiar to this particular sub-genre, but still with a sense of humor. Starring Embeth Davitdz, the film gives us a predictable clash of cultures revolving around a Southern Bible Belt family dealing with their first encounter with their new daughter in law. The family is traditional but welcoming, and Davitdz is, of course, a princess from 14th century England battle-scarred from winning a war with the unholy Deadites. Wait, that’s Army of Darkness. I think that here, Davidtz plays an outsider art dealer from Chicago, one of those gallery owners who deals in paintings done by retards or women. Doesn’t matter. Both films star Embeth, and that movie’s way better than both Junebug and Sweet Home Alabama combined. Army of Darkness has legions of the undead, whereas Junebug only has a close-knit family believably played by talented actors. Junebug values only subtlety and complex characterization, but Army puts more emphasis on dancing skeletons. Army has Mr. Peterman from Seinfeld, and Junebug only has that doe-eyed mope from The O.C. that looks like he learned to act by pantomiming a Backstreet Boys video and his face stuck that way. But on the plus side, neither film stars Reese Witherspoon’s forehead.