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Daddy & Them (2001)

Billy Bob Thornton , Laura Dern , Billy Bob Thornton  |  R |  DVD
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)


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  • Actors: Billy Bob Thornton, Laura Dern, Diane Ladd, Kelly Preston, Andy Griffith
  • Directors: Billy Bob Thornton
  • Writers: Billy Bob Thornton
  • Producers: Bob Weinstein, Bruce Heller, Geyer Kosinski, Harvey Weinstein, Jonathan Gordon
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Miramax Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: January 13, 2004
  • Run Time: 101 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000E32V1
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #126,679 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Daddy & Them" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Deleted scenes with commentary
  • "The Return of Karl"

Editorial Reviews

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Billy Bob Thornton's white-trash comedy has loads of appeal, beginning with a delightful cast playing the most dysfunctional Southern family outside a Faulkner novel. Thornton and Laura Dern play married couple Claude and Ruby Montgomery, whose true love is stymied by petty jealousies over her old boyfriends and his long-ago romance with Ruby's sister, Rose (Kelly Preston). When Claude's Uncle Hazel (Jim Varney) is arrested, the duo join their extended clan in Little Rock to provide support for him and his defense team (a stormy couple sharply played by Jamie Lee Curtis and Ben Affleck). But cooperation is an alien concept to this family; in no time they're bickering, drinking, and deflating dreams. Typical of Thornton, this is serious yet funny stuff, and the actors--including Andy Griffith, John Prine, Diane Ladd, and Brenda Blethyn--work that fine line between drama and comedy with admirable inspiration. --Tom Keogh

Product Description

Academy Award(R) winner Billy Bob Thornton (Best Adapted Screenplay, SLING BLADE, 1996; MONSTER'S BALL) has crafted another must-see motion picture as writer, director, and star of this darkly humorous comedy treat! Also starring Laura Dern (JURASSIC PARK), Diane Ladd (28 DAYS), and Kelly Preston (THE CAT IN THE HAT), it's the entertaining story of a dysfunctionally funny family from Arkansas that rallies to support their uncle (Jim Varney -- THE BEVERLY HILLBILLIES) when he's charged with murder. With Hollywood favorites Andy Griffith, Ben Affleck, and Jamie Lee Curtis in an amazing cast of stars, you'll love the amusing give-and-take dished out by this outrageous collection of characters!

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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Originally funny! January 20, 2004
Format:DVD
I gave this movie four stars because I laughed almost throughout. When I sit down to watch a comedy, I don't care about plot so much as I care about being entertained in an original way. Daddy & Them is funny because it echoes real life... not my life, but some people I've had the misfortune of getting trapped next to for seemingly unending periods. This movie has some of the most stupid conversation I've ever heard, played with flawlessly straight faces - and that's what's funny. I wish I could go over all the wonderfully funny parts, but that would spoil it for you :). It's definitely worth at least one viewing. I'm adding it to my DVD collection.
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Humorous Southern Style Soap Opera September 13, 2003
For fans of Billy Bob Thornton, this is a great film, because he gets a lot of screen time. After all he wrote the screenplay. There is a shot of him in cut-off jeans with no shirt and a little further into the movie he wakes up with a shirt on, but with his bluejeans (full-length jeans) down to the top of his, what else?, cowboy boots, and later still we get to visit him in the bathroom where he is wearing a shirt, and well....a magazine. Those are the highlights of his wardrobe as I recall them, keeping in mind a lot of discussions with Laura Dern (wife Ruby in the film) took place before going to sleep..don't know what he wearing below the chest, but mostly he didn't sleep with his shirt on.
But enough about Billy Bob's wardrobe, down to the film now; be prepared to laugh when you get to see 'Daddy & Them". Especially if you happen to be from the south. You are going to feel right at home among the Montgomery family.
The script is cute and touching and it made me laugh out loud lots of times... I haven't done that in a movie for a long time. Being a southern girl by birth, I could readily relate to the communication problems this family was facing.
I like the way Thornton thinks, writes, and acts. He's a keeper for his talent, no doubt about it.
This is the story of a dysfunctional southern family with a lot of personal history.
Claude Montgomery (Billy Bob) now married to Ruby (Laura Dern - Billy Bob's ex-girlfriend), once dated her sister Rose (Kelly Preston - Mrs. John Travolta). Claude and Ruby, accompanied by sister Rose and Claude's mother-in-law, Jewel (Diana Ladd) go home to help out Claude's bother, Alvin (John Prine) and the family patriarch, O.T. (Andy Griffith) when O.T.'s brother Hazel (the late Jim Varney) gets arrested. O.T.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sleeper December 20, 2004
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
This movie was one of those pleasant surprises...I anticipated it being bad and ended up laughing until I was sick. This has got to be the best kept secret I've seen this year.

I can definetly see how it's not for everyone, though. If you're from the south, the dialogue will slay you. I would imagine you would appreciate this movie more if you've been exposed to the type of people the movie portrayed.

My favorite line: "Like that book said 'It was the best time I'd ever had, it was the worst time I'd ever had.'"
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Relate-able Dysfunction November 18, 2005
By DMarie
Format:DVD
I loved this movie! I saw John Prine in concert and he

mentioned it, or I would have never found it, nor purchased

it. It was never released at the theater, straight to

video from what I understand. Anyway, the movie is a

great story of this southern dysfunctional family. The

opening language is a little "rough" but ends up being

pretty funny. I could relate to how the family acted

with each other. "Uncle Hazel loves you, but he can't

stand a one of you!" I wish the movie would have received

more attention. It is a good story with many laughs.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best of Billy Bob December 31, 2003
By A Customer
Format:DVD
Let me write this first...I love Billy Bob Thornton and his style of writing, directing and acting...with that said...
Welcome to the heartland and hang on for a funny and delightful ride in this movie. I actually know a few people like Claude and Ruby...both Billy Bob and Laura Dern played these characters to the hilt. This is honestly a GOOD and funny movie.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nervous 'bout all the time January 2, 2005
Format:DVD
This movie was recommended by Marshall Chapman at a performance/reading last year. She told the audience that one of her favorite lines in the movie was John Prine's, "I'm nervous 'bout all the time."

Take it from someone who grew up in the South and knows people like the characters in Daddy and Them...the dialogue is right on. I found it particularly refreshing that the Southern accents weren't overdone. Andy Griffith is perfect as Daddy and Laura Dern, Kelly Preston and the rest of the cast do a great job, as well.

See this if you like off beat movies that don't move too fast and appreciate a good laugh out loud.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Gotta Love Them Rednecks November 2, 2005
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Billy Bob has once again tapped his southern roots and allowed us to see the dysfunctional family members that we all have in their best light. The film abounds with superlative performances from all involved. Additionally, the Marty Stuart soundtrack with guest performances from John Prine, Ray Benson and Dwight Yoakam is a great enhancement and supports the comedy completely.

Don't know how I managed to miss this one when it was first introduced, but once I saw it, I didn't hesitate for one minute to add it to my DVD library.
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2.0 out of 5 stars ... a family of screamers so this at times seriously annoyed me.
I come from a family of screamers so this at times seriously annoyed me.
Published 1 day ago by Mabelle Butts
1.0 out of 5 stars Didn't laugh out loud. Didn't laugh at all.
For Billy Bob Thornton fans like myself, who have lived in the South, and who were expecting a hilarious, well-acted, well-directed, well-edited, insightful and pithy take on a... Read more
Published 19 days ago by D. M. Vickery
2.0 out of 5 stars I wasn't very happy about that
The DVD had places in it where the movie got stuck. I wasn't very happy about that.
Published 1 month ago by Loubob
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good movie
Love the Movie!
Published 1 month ago by Lori Denise
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great funny movie
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars DVD froze up
It froze up in the middle and then jumped ahead to the next scene. I should've purchased a new DVD and not a used one.
Published 3 months ago by F. Lee Doge
5.0 out of 5 stars loved it!
Not everybody will get this movie but the people I watched it with loved it! Clever and heart-felt. Very funny! All-Star cast. Well written.
Published 3 months ago by David J Bagg
3.0 out of 5 stars NO book arrived to review
Sorry, no book or movie arrived.

I would love to see or read this as Billy Bob is one of my favorite actors, but the order was not fulled.
Published 4 months ago by Pinkyrose
3.0 out of 5 stars Pretty Funny
I wanted to see this because I really like John Prine. The guy who made Trailer Park Boys may have gotten some inspiration from this movie.
Published 7 months ago by Mike Parent
5.0 out of 5 stars Daddy and Them
No a very good title for a gem of a movie. It's quirky with lots of talent including the one an only John Prine! The closing credits are and exceptional treat. Read more
Published 7 months ago by F. Banfell
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