This might not be a film for everyone, but those who like challenging hyper-cool cinema will rejoice. When your plot deals with a black bluesman in the South chaining a nymphomaniac white girl to the radiator in his house, you're skirting the edge of good taste. But Craig Brewer, the director of the wonderful pimp to rapper flick HUSTLE & FLOW, knows that his exploitation premise is really just the framework to tell an iconic redemption story.
Lazarus (Samuel L. Jackson, PULP FICTION) is a former blues singer who farms to make a living. His wife has just run off with his brother. The local preacher R.L. (John Cothran Jr., THE CELL) is keeping an eye on him so that he doesn't stray too far of the path of righteousness due to his anger and bitterness over the break-up of his marriage. One morning, he finds the young white girl Rae (Christina Ricci, PUMPKIN) lying in the street by his mailbox, beaten severely and only wearing a short top and panties. He takes her back to his house and watches over her as she fights fever. When Lazarus learns that she is a nympho who has been sleeping with every Tom, Dick and Harry in town since her boyfriend Ronnie (Justin Timberlake, ALPHA DOG) went off to the army, Lazarus decides to chain her to his radiator and cure her of her sinful ways.