Director Lee Daniels’ follow-up to Precious is an unholy mess—a lurid, sticky tale of murder and sex set in the Florida swamp. Nicole Kidman, Matthew McConaughey, Zac Efron, and John Cusack try vainly to acquit themselves, but Daniels isn’t focused so much on plot or character as in icking out the audience. (Kidman and Cusack send each other to mutual orgasm without touching; Kidman pees on Efron; Cusack rapes Kidman as Daniels intercuts footage of wild animals.) An entertaining piece of trash could have been whittled out of this nonsense, but Daniels opts for something pretentious and incoherent.
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