Mike Sudhalter | January 30, 2009
I can never pass up a movie with a soundtrack full of country music in it. I was looking forward to "Noble Things", and there was some good acting in it.
But I found there to be way too many flashbacks, and we never found out why the brother who got a life sentence for murder didn't get better legal representation. I guess that was just a small detail in the plot.
The story is about Jimmy Wayne Collins, a budding country music star who has just signed a record deal and is set to open for superstar Ronnie Crawford (played by Tracy Byrd). At the same time, Collins and his brother, Kyle, never back down from a fight.
JW feels guilty about how things turned out, especially after his country music dreams fizzle and his father becomes terminally ill.
While Byrd has a cameo in the film, Lee Ann Womack plays a major role as a sheriff's deputy, then acting sheriff. She's believable in the role, but it seems that her main purpose is ensuring that JW stays out of trouble.
Then, there's Dominique Swain, JW's ex-girlfriend who also happens to be Womack's sister in the film. We don't get to find out too much about the relationship between JW and Amber. Other than the fact that she always seems to be trying to convince him to back down from fights - something these good ole boys don't know how to do.
The ending is very sad, but as the credits role, it's spun to be bittersweet in some way. I wouldn't want to watch this movie again - it has a very heavy plot with some painful scenes. However, I'd love to hear a soundtrack.