“Honeydripper” is the latest film from writer/director John Sayles who was actually born not far from where I live. He attended the showing of the film I was at the other night and I actually got to meet him! (more on that in my blog).
The movie is a fable, set in Alabama in the 1950’s. It tells the story of the owner of a nightclub (played by Danny Glover) whose business isn’t doing very well. He needs to attract more people to The Honeydripper so he invites a popular radio star, Guitar Sam, to play at the club. But Sam gets sick, so the owner has to come up with a new plan, that includes a young musician, just out the Army, who has wandered into town.
There are other colorful characters in “Honeydripper”, including the co-owner of the club (played by Charles Dutton) and a blind guitar player who pops-up all over town and plays a major role in the lives of the key characters.
Sayles shows us a little about what life was like for many black people in the South during this time. But mostly “Honeydripper” is entertaining. The movie is funny, the acting is outstanding and the music is great.
“Honeydripper” is not your usual kids/family film and therefore it may not be your first choice of what to see. But for those interested in this time in American history, those studying music or anyone who likes a good story with interesting characters this film is a must see.
“Honeydripper” is rated PG-13 for one, brief violent scene and some mild language.
On The Official Kid Critic Report Card, “Honeydripper” gets a B. It’s a small film but it has a lot of big things to say. Hopefully it’s showing in a theater near you.