Sweet Lorraine

| April 23, 2015

In Sweet Lorraine, Tatum O’Neal (Paper Moon, Little Darlings, Rescue Me) plays a New Jersey housewife whose past in the clubs and streets of New York City rears its ugly head as her husband campaigns for office in their small town. Steven Bauer (Ray Donovan, Scarface), Peter Greene (Pulp Fiction) and Julianne Michelle (Apartment 1303) round out the citizens of Lorraine’s white picket fence town.

Lorraine Beebie appears to be the perfect minister’s wife in suburban New Jersey, and she has one goal: to see her husband as the mayor of the small town that she now calls home, after years of a “living on the edge” life. Lorraine’s quest comes head to head with her seedy and sultry past, which includes her ex-lover, who is the current mayor and who is running against Lorraine’s minister husband. Lorraine’s secrets, along with the many others hidden behind white picket fences, threaten to surface throughout the campaign. The film confronts social issues head on and makes satirical commentary on the gender divide using dark humor and boxing.

Jimmie “J.J.” Walker plays the ringmaster of sorts for the boxing matches that find Lorraine giving her male opponents a run for their money. There is so much in this film, but I believe it could very well have been a made-for-TV movie and fared just as well. The themes and scenes, with the other women of the church threatening to expose Lorraine right in the middle of the campaign, are so juvenile, as well as Lorraine still finding herself in compromising positions, outside the church smoking cigarettes and at the local bar drinking, before her boxing matches, left a lot to be desired.

I was rooting to like this film, since I like O’Neal and enjoy seeing Walker in any movie possible. For others, take a look. Sweet Lorraine is out on DVD and VOD April 23. For more information, visit http://www.gardenthieves.com/film.php?id=48

About the Author:

Elaine Hegwood Bowen, M.S.J., is an editor, writer and film critic in Chicago. She is the author of "Old School Adventures from Englewood--South Side of Chicago" and the proud parent of "the smart rapper"--chemist-turned-rapper, turned humanitarian...Psalm One!
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