Rae is young woman with nymphomaniac tendencies. When her supportive boyfriend Ronnie joins the Army, she loses control over her urges. The next few days are a haze, and she ends up in her underwear lying on the side of the road with a bloody face. She's found by Lazarus, a very religious man who lives and works on his farm. He takes her in and sees her as a mission from God to "cure" her.
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He takes some drastic measures such as chaining her to the radiator. After she gets better, Lazarus tells her his resolution and refuses to hear her pleas. At first the two struggle to live with each other. Despite the townsfolk's indignation, Lazarus believes he can help her. Over the next few weeks, the two learn about each other and find some common ground.
One day Lazarus decides to free Rae, but she decides to stay and deal with her problems with his help. Later, the two go to a bar where Lazarus plays the blues. When they leave, the newly returned Ronnie spots them and follows them back to the house. Thinking that Rae is cheating on him, he pulls out his gun. They manage to convince him that Lazarus has only been helping her.
Rae thanks Lazarus for his help, and leaves together with Ronnie, feeling more confident about their future.
Best part of story, including ending:
This is the story of two very different people learning from each other and coming to a mutual understanding. It's about allowing others into your life and accepting help.
Best scene in story:
The scene where Lazarus plays the blues for Rae. He shares with her his troubled past, involving a disloyal wife and Rae remembers her own anguished childhood. It's a great performance from Samuel L. Jackson and represents a turning point for the two.
Opinion about the main character:
Rae and Lazarus both have their personal turmoil. Their actions and decisions are often questionable. But whether they are "good" or "bad" people is beside the point, it is through human connection that they are better off by the end of the movie.