A Painted House (2003)


“We ain’t telling nobody. Just be our secret. One we’ll take to our graves, just you and me. But you done right by telling me. Don’t you worry none, I’ll handle this.” – Pappy Chandler

Number of Times Seen – 1 (7 Oct 2018)

Brief Synopsis – Coming of age tale of a young born in Arkansas during the 1850’s

My Take on it – I have been a big fan of John Grisham’s novels and stories for decades and this is one that I never had a chance to read or see.

Almost all of his novels deal with lawyers and legal suspense and this film goes in a completely different direction.

They manage to tell a coming of age story from an interesting perspective especially given the time period that this story takes place but the story itself moves along at a snail’s pace and make sit difficult to remain interesting throughout.

The cast of this film is fine and I found it quite strange seeing Scott Glenn in the grandfather role because I still think of him in action films from the 80’s and early 90’s.

This film does succeed in giving us an average coming of age story, but it lacks any kind of poignant moments which is needed to make a story like this feel more important and interesting to watch unfold.

I’m glad Grisham went to back to writing legal fiction…

Bottom Line – Gives us an interesting perspective of farm life during the time period presented but the story itself moves along too slowly to stay interesting the whole time. This is quite different from all of Grisham’s novels and there is a reason that he was wise to stick to writing legal novels. The cast is fine and its a bit strange seeing Glenn in a role as the grandfather, but it still managed to come across as being an average coming of age story and lacks anything really poignant happening along the way.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The church used for the Sunday church scene was donated by the film crew to a small church in Crittenden County, Arkansas. The church still stands and is being used every Sunday. A large sign in the yard depicts it as the church used in the movie. (From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy (5/10)

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