Daddy and Them is a 2001 American comedy-drama film written, directed by, and starring Billy Bob Thornton. In addition to Thornton, it stars Laura Dern, Andy Griffith, Ben Affleck, Kelly Preston, Diane Ladd, Brenda Blethyn, Tuesday Knight, Jamie Lee Curtis and Jim Varney. This was Varney's final film appearance; he died a year before the movie's release.

Daddy and Them
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Directed byBilly Bob Thornton
Produced byLarry Meistrich
Written byBilly Bob Thornton
StarringBilly Bob Thornton
Laura Dern
Diane Ladd
Kelly Preston
Jim Varney
Jamie Lee Curtis
Tuesday Knight
Ben Affleck
Music byLarry Paxton
Marty Stuart
Kristin Wilkinson
CinematographyBarry Markowitz
Edited bySally Menke
Distributed byMiramax Films
Release date
June 6, 2001
Running time
101 minutes
CountryUnited States

The original plan was to release the film in theaters, but the film got only limited distribution as Miramax found the film not "commercial" enough. Daddy and Them opened to positive reviews, with many critics praising the film's southern humor, Thornton's work as a writer/director, and the performances of the entire cast. It currently holds an 86% rating on the review site Rotten Tomatoes. [1]

Plot synopsisEdit

Ruby and Claude Montgomery are a very insecure and jealous couple, who must help when Claude's Uncle Hazel is jailed for attempted murder. The Arkansas family reunites as they travel with Ruby's older sister Rose, with whom Claude had a previous relationship, and Ruby and Rose's mother Jewel, who continuously talks about Rose and Claude's past relationship, which irritates Ruby.



The song from the same-titled album "In Spite of Ourselves" used during the closing credits was performed by John Prine and Iris DeMent.


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