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November 21, 2008

Lake City

Lake_city_poster Sissy Spacek is the kind of actress who can do no wrong, so it's especially disheartening to see her appear in a poorly constructed and cliché-riddled drama like "Lake City." Spacek plays Maggie, the mother to her troubled son Billy (Troy Garity). Both are haunted by the death of Billy's brother in a car accident years ago. These days Billy is on the run with his young son Clayton from a mob of drug dealers whose stash was taken by Clayton's lowlife mother Hope (Drea de Matteo). Billy and Clayton take refuge on Maggie's Virginia farm that she's considering selling. Dave Matthews makes an appearance as a nasty drug lord and David Carradine plays a good ole boy mechanic with a knack for playing guitar. The story collapses in a guffaw inducing third act climax that feels like it belongs to a different movie. "Lake City" is a throwaway film with a cast it doesn't deserve.

(Screen Media) Rated R. 93 mins. (C-)

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