The Scoundrel's Wife (2002) from Johnny Web (Uncle Scoopy; Greg Wroblewski)

This film is also known as The Home Front


Not every local legend needs to be made into a film. Especially when they seem to be about 99% bullshit.

When WW2 came around, there was legitimate concern among Americans for the defense of its shores. The vast and virtually unguarded coastline of the Gulf of Mexico was particularly vulnerable to German submarine attacks, and Southern Louisiana is one of America's most important commercial shipping centers.

This caused all sorts of rumors and paranoia, fueled as gossip and whisper campaigns are always fueled, and heightened further by wartime. The buzz could be crazy. Illegal aliens, maybe even spies, were being snuck inside American borders. Local fisherman were trading with the enemy for massive windfall profits. German-speaking Americans were broadcasting to the U-Boats at night. Traitors lived in our midst.

One place that was a center of such paranoia was the filmmaker's home town of East Douchebag, Louisiana. OK, I'm kidding about the name. The town was named Cut Off, Louisiana, which is pretty much just as silly. Cajun filmmaker Gil Pitre grew up there, knew all the old wartime legends, and felt that they would make an excellent film.

Which they might have, in the hands of a director who had some clue what the hell he was doing.

Unfortunately, Pitre wrote and directed himself, and this thing is about as professional as a average dinner theater production of The King and I. How desperate are you for acting talent when your two lead roles are taken by Tatum O'Neal, who reads her lines as if off a teleprompter, and Tim Curry, a man who envies the subtle underplaying of Bill Shatner?


Lacey Chabert takes a bath on camera. Her entire breast is exposed, except for a nipple conveniently hidden by her knee.

Tatum O'Neal is topless in a sex scene which is partially obscured by a  gauze curtain.

DVD info from Amazon

  • no widescreen, mediocre transfer

  • some short interviews with the actors

To be fair, the basic storyline here isn't bad at all, but everything about this film is ham-fisted, from weak production values to a soap-opera script to a corny final crowd scene as ineptly choreographed as the group scene in a high school Spring musical.

I should have stopped typing after Tim Curry. After you mention Tim Curry, unless he's playing Satan's flamboyant gay cousin or something, what more is there to say?

The Critics Vote ...

  • Roger Ebert 2.5/4

The People Vote ...

The meaning of the IMDb score: 7.5 usually indicates a level of excellence equivalent to about three and a half stars from the critics. 6.0 usually indicates lukewarm watchability, comparable to approximately two and a half stars from the critics. The fives are generally not worthwhile unless they are really your kind of material, equivalent to about a two star rating from the critics, or a C- from our system. Films rated below five are generally awful even if you like that kind of film - this score is roughly equivalent to one and a half stars from the critics or a D on our scale. (Possibly even less, depending on just how far below five the rating is.

My own guideline: A means the movie is so good it will appeal to you even if you hate the genre. B means the movie is not good enough to win you over if you hate the genre, but is good enough to do so if you have an open mind about this type of film. C means it will only appeal to genre addicts, and has no crossover appeal. (C+ means it has no crossover appeal, but will be considered excellent by genre fans, while C- indicates that it we found it to be a poor movie although genre addicts find it watchable). D means you'll hate it even if you like the genre. E means that you'll hate it even if you love the genre. F means that the film is not only unappealing across-the-board, but technically inept as well. Any film rated C- or better is recommended for fans of that type of film. Any film rated B- or better is recommended for just about anyone. We don't score films below C- that often, because we like movies and we think that most of them have at least a solid niche audience. Now that you know that, you should have serious reservations about any movie below C-.

Based on this description, this is a C-. Mediocre at best, redeemed only by some interesting local color.

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