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The Locusts

Kate Capshaw is a cruel, swaggering seductress who's hyperconscious of the effects of her early years on her personality--as we learn when she finally explains herself in a scene so inevitable and artificial I spent most of this grueling soap opera dreading it. With an air of contrived mystery, Vince Vaughn shows up in a small Kansas town, his few dirty T-shirts implying that he's left somewhere in haste for some deeply intriguing reason. Ashley Judd does what she can—the high point of her role involves having an orgasm with the help of what looks like some shivery digital editing—and Jeremy Davies plays his usual sexually and socially incapacitated geek. Capshaw's character manipulates her son (Davies) and all the other young men who work at her cattle ranch, castrating bulls when arguing, fighting, or being seduced gets too boring—until Vaughn takes it upon himself to change things for reasons the filmmakers don't bother to explain, unless you count their confirming an obvious revelation about Vaughn's past by showing an extreme close-up of a document hidden in his wallet. Written and directed by John Patrick Kelley.

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