Janie Jones (2011)
Average Rating: 5.3/10
Reviews Counted: 29
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Average Rating: 5.2/10
Critic Reviews: 15
Fresh: 7 | Rotten: 8
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Ethan Brand (Alessandro Nivola) and his band are on the comeback trail when a former flame (Elisabeth Shue) drops a bomb in his lap: their 13-year-old daughter, Janie Jones (Abigail Breslin). Ethan refuses to believe Janie is his kid, but when her mom suddenly leaves for rehab, the child has no place to go but into the tour bus and on the road with the band. With no inclination toward fatherhood, Ethan continues his hard-living ways, leaving Janie to fend for herself in the dive bars and sleazy
Oct 28, 2011 Limited
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"Janie Jones'' would feel more assured if Rosenthal had shown more inclination to commit.
Nivola and Breslin make a terrific mismatched pair in a film that often resembles a mash-up of "Crazy Heart" and Sofia Coppola's "Somewhere"...
The movie works because it's essentially an old-fashioned two-hander for a couple of subtle and terrific actors.
After a messy, cliched first half, Janie Jones is barely salvaged by the lightweight sweetness that emerges once it becomes a two-hander for Breslin and Nivola.
The indie road movie "Janie Jones" is billed as "inspired by the true story" of its writer-director, David M. Rosenthal. Impossible. No one's life is this boring.
A movie about second chances that's sweet (without being sugary) and tinged with regret.
It isn't easy to make an indie movie these days, so it's dispiriting how many wind up exactly like Janie Jones
Abigail Breslin in a shining performance as the responsible one in a father-daughter reunion.
The musical set pieces aren't enough reason to see "Janie Jones," but at least there's some payoff for an otherwise dismal excuse for a story.
Audience Reviews for Janie Jones
- Ethan: Janie is an incredible young woman. Thank you for bringing her into my life.
- Janie Jones: Hey Mr. How about letting go of my dad?
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