The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things

Earlier this year cult novelist J.T. LeRoy joined the growing list of literary hoaxes when the New York Times outed him as the creation of writer Laura Albert, her husband, and the husband's half sister, who posed as LeRoy in public. That sounds like a much better story than this adaptation of the second LeRoy novel, an almost comically lurid tale of a little boy abused by his malignant hooker mother, malignant fundamentalist grandfather, and malignant surrogate dads. Predictably, the hoax has been turned into a marketing hook for the movie, which has been on the festival circuit since May 2004. Asia Argento, last seen splattering zombies in Land of the Dead, directed her own script and plays the young hero's deranged mom. With Peter Fonda, Kip Pardue, Michael Pitt, Jeremy Sisto, Marilyn Manson, and Winona Ryder. R, 97 min.

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