Janie Jones Reviews
Director: David M. Rosenthal
Summary: Has-been rock star Ethan Brand is attempting a comeback when a former groupie tells him he has a 13-year-old daughter, Janie, and leaves her in his care. Janie must then convince the hedonistic Ethan to reform and accept his responsibilities.
My Thoughts: "I really enjoyed the movie and it's story. Abigail Breslin has changed into a very beautiful young adult. What hasn't changed is her great talent. She is great in this film, and her voice is great as well. She also shows some great talent on the guitar. It was a pleasant surprise. Alessandro Nivola aslo is fantastic in the film and has a great voice as well. The story may have been done before, but not with so much heart. I really felt the father and daughter relationship that started out complicated and awkward grew into a loving and protective relationship. It's a funny, touching, and honest film. The film also has some great music. A film I would recommend."
Even though the plot of "Janie Jones" sounds like it has been done plenty of times before, the movie finds its own nuanced downbeat way, hitting just the right notes, mostly due to the excellence of its two lead performances.(However, the less said of Elisabeth Shue the better.) Alessandro Nivola is especially good playing a tortured soul who with the departure of his enablers from his life is forced for once to reconsider his life while learning how to act around a 13-year old daughter.(Learning from watching her irresponsible mother, Janie can take care of herself while still being young enough to not have to think about psychoanalysis yet.) While the movie is subtle about its condemnation of drug and alcohol abuse, it also helps that Ethan is not instantly likable, as the movie does not take the easy way out.
Abigail Breslin is moving toward more mature roles, and from what I can tell it seems
it will be a seamless transition for the young star. She leads her character with exceptional
range and humility. Transitioning with ease from desperation to insecurity to joy.
Alessando Nivola is also amazing in his role as Janie Jones estranged father.
Moving from hardcore douche-bag rocker to warm and fuzzy. We like Alessandro, a lot.
The soundtrack deserves a review on it's own, as it is full of life, but channels the
melancholy of the title character and her father in a beautiful way.
There is an acoustic feel to the music that is relieved by edgier rock and roll throughout
Nivola and Breslin performed all the songs themselves, which helps personalize
the tunes, letting the performers channel the emotion that exists in the script.
This is one of my favorite movies so far this year.