Nola (2003)



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Nola (Emmy Rossum) is a Kansas teen who runs away to New York City to escape an abusive stepfather. Once she gets to the big town, she sets about looking for a job and for her father, whom she's never met. She attacks both tasks with fierce determination, but has little success, until she stumbles upon a greasy spoon near Union Square where the eccentric owner, Gus (Sam Coppola), immediately takes a liking to her. Soon, she's waitressing at the diner and crashing in a room upstairs with the … More

Rating: R (for language and some sexual content)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Alan Hruska
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 29, 2011
Samuel Goldwyn Films - Official Site


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as Professor Cummings

as Nola's Mother

as Nola's Stepfather

as Vendor

as Leo's Secretary

as Judge Belfray

as Bailiff

as East Indian Man

as Marshal

as Homeless Man
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Critic Reviews for Nola

All Critics (15) | Top Critics (10)

Needs to be put out of its misery -- and yours.

Full Review… | July 28, 2004
Newark Star-Ledger
Top Critic

So laughably preposterous that it's thoroughly entertaining.

Full Review… | July 23, 2004
New York Daily News
Top Critic

A dubious script that detonates into a full-blown disaster midway through.

July 23, 2004
New York Post
Top Critic

Has everything you want from a good bad movie: overheated drama, overripe performances, arch characters and fruity dialogue.

Full Review… | July 23, 2004
Top Critic

Pits a substantial actor like Mary McDonnell, playing a New York madam, against a bogus story that crossbreeds noirish affectations and romantic comedy into an unpalatable mush that suggests strawberry ice cream slathered with beer.

Full Review… | July 23, 2004
New York Times
Top Critic

Constantly at odds with itself -- torn between urban realism and musical fantasy, suggestive glances and frank sexuality, fashionable cynicism and old-fashioned happy endings.

Full Review… | July 20, 2004
Village Voice
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Nola

An over-the-top fairytale ending nearly ruined a pretty good story up until then. Nola (not the Big Easy), played by a sweet Emmy Rossum, is a talented young singer-songwriter who runs away from a bad situation at home and winds up in New York City hoping to find her father. The first hour, although filled with an incredible string of good luck for this kid, had this viewer hooked. The last half hour went from improbable to wildly cliched and entirely predictable. At times, there were opportunities to rein it back in and make it interesting, but the editor and the director conspired to go with the formula. The film opens almost in mid-scene and for a moment, this viewer thought the IW player had messed up. The opening only gave us a brief taste of what drove Nola to hit the road and a few more details were filled in later. Ms Rossum was a true bright spot in this rather sappy tale that could have used a bit more spice and a little less treacle.

Mark Abell
Mark Abell

Super Reviewer


Emmy Rossum is amazing and this movie is no exception. Good luck trying to watch it though, its never on Lifetime.


This movie was shown on Lifetime and tell about a girl who finds her way through life and in search of her father. Goes to NYC and becomes a waitress and meets a guy. Main role is played by Emmy Rossum.

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