This squalid little noir by writer-director Matthew Bright (who scripted Guncrazy) about an abused teenager on the run (Reese Witherspoon) trips over itself whenever it tries to persuade us it’s retelling the story of Little Red Riding Hoodan effort that begins with cartoons behind the credits. But in spirit, if not in letter, it often resembles a gritty Warners crime movie of the 30s, and it held my interest in spite of its excesses. The secondary cast is reasonably flavorsome: Kiefer Sutherland, Amanda Plummer, Dan Hedaya, Michael Weiss, and Brooke Shields. (JR)

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