Constellation Deeply odd films are often deeply personal ones, and Constellation , a dazed, inchoate drama about a mixed-race Alabama family, tells a story that's clearly… Constellation Deeply odd films are often deeply personal ones, and Constellation , a dazed, inchoate drama about a mixed-race Alabama family, tells a story that's clearly… 2007-02-02 PG-13 PT105M Drama Ever Carradine Rae Dawn Chong Codeblack Entertainment
Movie Review

Constellation (2007)

MPAA Rating: PG-13
URSA MINOR Constellation 's family tale has star power (Gabrielle Union, Williams, and Zoe Saldana, pictured) but not much dramatic wattage
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URSA MINOR Constellation's family tale has star power (Gabrielle Union, Williams, and Zoe Saldana, pictured) but not much dramatic wattage
EW's GRADE
C

Details Limited Release: Feb 02, 2007; Rated: PG-13; Length: 105 Minutes; Genre: Drama; With: Ever Carradine and Rae Dawn Chong; Distributor: Codeblack Entertainment

Deeply odd films are often deeply personal ones, and Constellation, a dazed, inchoate drama about a mixed-race Alabama family, tells a story that's clearly close to the heart of writer-director Jordan Walker-Pearlman (The Visit). So close, in fact, it lacks perspective: Neither the camera nor the script can focus. After a Gothic '60s prologue (forbidden love, gang rape), the movie somnambulates into generic sentimentality. Billy Dee Williams, as the family's long-absent patriarch, reacts to this tonal retreat by looking sleepy. C

Originally posted Feb 02, 2007 Published in issue #921 Feb 16, 2007 Order article reprints
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