What You Need To Know:
MOVIEGUIDE® does not recommend COME EARLY MORNING. Viewers are more likely to come away from the movie feeling like someone just poured a beer on your head than to come away feeling uplifted. It contains depicted and implied fornication, heavy drinking, smoking, and foul language. The ugly image given of life in the South focuses on booze, sex, family, church, and work, with the church portrayed as an utter failure in helping the movie’s main characters and the dysfunctional family.
(PaPa, B, C, LL, V, SS, N, AAA, DD, M) Strong pagan worldview with some moral and Christian elements, including two church scenes with singing and sermons and one counseling session with a pastor, 19 obscenities and two profanities; two brief fight scenes, one resulting in a facial scar that lasts through much of the movie; strong sexual content includes several scenes of depicted and implied fornication and discussions of others committing adultery; upper male nudity, lingering close-up shots of female in underwear, and man and woman go frog hunting in pond wearing underwear; heavy use of alcohol with obvious drunkenness; smoking; and, lying and anger.
COME EARLY MORNING opens with Lucy (Ashley Judd) waking up in a motel, getting dressed, paying for the room, and getting a taxi-ride home. Lucy has a tendency to get drunk out of her mind and then wind up sober the next morning in bed with some guy from out of town. She also has a vocabulary that would rival a sailor.
Lucy has a good job with a cement foundations company. She helps her elderly divorced mother and goes to church with her elderly father, but when not at work she practically lives with a beer in her hand. She meets Cal (played by Jeffrey Donovan), a roofer from out of town. She gets drunk and sleeps with him, but upon the advice of her roommate she tries a second date with him; sober this time.
The movie actually has Lucy hunting through old boxes of her belongings for a Bible to take with her when she visits her dad’s new church. She goes twice and portions of sermons are heard both times. Lucy even goes to the pastor for counseling. Lucy has the idea that she is living under a generational curse because her father used to get drunk, play a guitar and have affairs (leading to his divorce). She’s angry at God for her behavior. She tells the pastor she has been seeking and knocking according to his sermon but what she actually does is knock on her father’s door seeking a serious father/daughter discussion. Her dad speaks very little.
The flyer for the movie claims that Lucy “begins a spiritual journey toward love and redemption.” Sadly, she takes the wrong road. Instead of knocking on Jesus’ door and finding true redemption, Lucy settles for a little guitar music played by her dad, a company of her own, and a belief that men only want sex and someone to bring them a drink. The movie could have been gloriously redemptive with forgiveness of sin, healed relationships, deliverance from addictions and perhaps a marriage based on the kind of love evident in a movie like FACING THE GIANTS.
MOVIEGUIDE® does not recommend COME EARLY MORNING. You are more likely to come away from the movie feeling like someone just poured a beer on your head than to come away feeling uplifted. It is loaded with scenes of fornication, heavy drinking and smoking and foul language. The ugly image given of life in the South focuses on booze, sex, family, church, and work, with the church portrayed as an utter failure in helping the movie’s main characters and the family portrayed as dysfunctional.