funny. I remember seeing the dvd cover for this one (Samuel L. Jackson all angry with a the chain, Christina Ricci all slutty "Leia Organa" style with the confederates flag shirt)... it was kinda misleading. tought it would be heavily focused on racial tension. it's full of hope and stuff... the kind of movie that believes in a better future.
What this movie did better than anything else was create a palpable, visceral environment. I could all but literally feel the sticky humidity of the Southern summertime. I felt relief when I saw a cold beer bottle on screen, and when they fired up the grill I reacted like one of Pavlov's dogs. Great use of music, too.