Daddy & Them

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Daddy & Them ★½ 1999 (R)

Part romance, part dysfunctional family comedy, Thornton's followup to “Sling Blade” is set in Little Rock, Arkansas. Claude (Thornton) and wife Ruby (Dern) decide to head back home after they learn that Claude's Uncle Hazel (Varney) is in jail, convicted of a petty crime. But the home-coming with Claude's extended family is chaotic to say the least. The constant family bickering gets annoying and the film's minimal charm tires quickly. 101m/C VHS, DVD . Billy Bob Thornton, Laura Dern, Ben Affleck, Jamie Lee Curtis, Kelly Preston, Diane Ladd, Brenda Blethyn, Andy Griffith, Jim Varney, Walton Gog-gins; D: Billy Bob Thornton; W: Billy Bob Thornton; C: Barry Markowitz; M: Marty Stuart.