Trading Places

January 08, 2009|By KEVIN COWHERD

The movies entertain us, enlighten us, challenge us - except when they're set in Tennessee. A look at some films depicting the two regions involved in Saturday's big game.

TENNESSEE

Coal Miner's Daughter Weepy tale about life of country star Loretta Lynn, starring Sissy Spacek. Hard times, cheating men, etc.

Nashville Bizarre Robert Altman pic about country music biz intersecting with a political convention. The "Don't Rent" of the year.

The Thing

Called Love Newcomers to - what else? - country music find love, stardom in the craziest places. Starring (that term used loosely) River Phoenix and Sandra Bullock.

Walking Tall (1973) Joe Don Baker stars as club-wielding Tennessee sheriff with anger issues who rids small town of crime and corruption.

Walking Tall (2004) OK, it's set in Washington but based on the original. Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson makes Joe Don Baker look like Sir Laurence Olivier.

BALTIMORE

Diner Quintessential coming-of-age saga of buddies who bond over their love for the sainted Baltimore Colts. Steve Guttenberg, Mickey Rourke and Kevin Bacon shine.

Tin Men Plucky aluminum-siding salesmen duke it out for money and respect, starring Richard Dreyfuss and Danny DeVito.

Hairspray Feel-good John Waters film about spirited teens fighting segregation in '60's Baltimore through singing and dancing.

He Said, She Said Two gritty Sun journalists with opposing viewpoints on everything find romance. Awwww! Kevin Bacon and Elizabeth Perkins captivate.

The Accidental Tourist Emotionally distant - but brave - travel book author confronts own pain and disillusionment. William Hurt, Kathleen Turner and Geena Davis are exceptional.

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