Jim Sheldon
Lisa Schwarzbaum
January 09, 2008 AT 05:00 AM EST

Honeydripper

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG-13
runtime
123 minutes
Limited Release Date
12/28/07
performer
Gary Clark Jr., Danny Glover, Lisa Gay Hamilton
director
John Sayles
distributor
Emerging Pictures
author
John Sayles
genre
Drama

We gave it a C+

In Honeydripper, Danny Glover plays a debt-ridden music-lounge owner in 1950 rural Alabama, looking for his club’s big break; Gary Clark Jr. is the stranger who turns out to be an Ike Turner in the making with his newfangled electric guitar. True to his stolid, humanist instincts and characteristically stodgy directorial style, writer-director John Sayles creates a story more educational than engrossing. The large cast is admirable (including Charles S. Dutton and Stacy Keach), but the joint doesn’t so much jump as shuffle earnestly from foot to foot. C+

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