Creator/DakotaFanning plays Lewellen, a preteen [[Music/ElvisPresley Elvis]] fangirl living in the DeepSouth during TheFifties. The movie she inhabits is a SliceOfLife ComingOfAgeStory. The other main characters include her careless father Lou, her religious psycho grandmother, her playmate Buddy, local MagicalNegro Charles, "Big Momma" Thornton (Music/JillScott), and [=mini-=]SouthernBelle [[OnlyKnownByTheirNickname Grasshopper]]. What little plot there is centers on Lewellen's desire to see Elvis perform in person.
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!!This movie provides examples of:

* AbusiveParents: Lou shoots Lewellen's dog because it barked too much.
* BoltOfDivineRetribution: Lewellen's father gets struck by lightning and her grandmother believes it's this trope at work. And clearly God did it to punish Lewellen and ''not'' her father.
* BreakTheCutie: Lewellen's life basically sucks worse and worse as the movie goes along, culminating in her traumatic rape by Wooden's Boy.
* TheCaretaker: Lewellen becomes this for her father after he's hit by lightning.
* ChildrenAreInnocent: Averted with Buddy, who unwittingly helps lure Lewellen into Wooden's Boy's clutches, then fails to help Lewellen or tell any adults after the rape. To boot, when Wooden Boy gives him Elvis tickets, he takes Grasshopper to the concert instead of Lewellen.
* ComingOfAgeStory
* CoveredUp: [[invoked]] Noted in-universe. Lewellen is surprised to discover "Hound Dog" wasn't originated by her beloved Elvis.
* DeathByDespair: Nearly. Lewellen is so depressed after the rape that it causes her to get very sick and almost die.
* DoesNotLikeShoes: Lewellen is barefoot for the whole movie. Given the time period and her family's financial situation, it's likely she simply doesn't own any shoes.
* TheFundamentalist: Lewellen's grandmother.
* IHaveNoSon: "My daughter is dead."
* InnocenceLost: Buddy, thanks to Wooden's Boy's influence.
* KarmaHoudini: Wooden's Boy, who is never held accountable for raping Lewellen.
* KickTheDog: Wooden's Boy not only rapes Lewellen, but he also taunts her mentally disabled father one night when Lou wanders off.
** Given that Lou shot Lewellen's dog earlier in the movie, this could also be interpreted as a {{Kick The Son Of A Bitch}} moment.
* LuredIntoATrap: Wooden's Boy has Buddy lure Lewellen into the shed where the rape takes place with the promise of Elvis tickets.
* MagicalNegro: Charles, perhaps the only character, other than Lewellen, who is not a {{Jerkass}} to at least some degree.
* TheNewRockAndRoll: The TropeNamer is viewed as the "devil's music" by some characters, most notably Lewellen's grandmother.
* ParentWithNewParamour: Lou and Ellen.
* ParentalSubstitute: Ellen, until she runs off. [[spoiler: Fortunately, she returns for Lewellen at the end of the film.]]
* PlayingDoctor: Lewellen and Buddy in the opening scene.
* RaisedByGrandparents: After Lou is struck by lightning and rendered mentally disabled, Lewellen's grandmother becomes the parental figure in her life.
* RapeAsDrama: The part of the film you've heard of.
* ReptilesAreAbhorrent: After the rape, when Lewellen plunges into a deep depression, she hallucinates that she is surrounded by snakes.
* {{Squee}}: Lewellen's reaction to Elvis-related things.
* TeensAreMonsters: Wooden's Boy.
* TitledAfterTheSong: And boy do we get to hear that song a lot
* TroublingUnchildlikeBehavior: Lewellen is seen smoking and drinking. This is apparently normal for her.
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