Writer-director David Beaird’s beguiling stage play about a bawdy, rollicking wedding night in the Louisiana bayou makes an uneven transfer to film. Despite some pungent performances, Scorchers is hampered by a nervous visual tone and inexplicable production flaws.
Emily Lloyd plays a nervous 20-year-old virgin bride whose cajun wedding night jitters are exacerbated by the community’s lusty interest in the goings on. Jennifer Tilly plays a preacher’s daughter who can’t get her husband to prefer her to the town whore (Faye Dunaway).
Film’s flighty story eventually finds two successful places to roost – a bar and the bedroom in which Lloyd and her madly frustrated young husband (James Wilder) are counseled by Lloyd’s father (Leland Crooke).
Film suffers from a murky sound mix obscuring initial dialog, which already is difficult to make out with the Cajun accents.