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Janie Jones (2011)



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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 motels along the way. As Ethan's self-destructive spiral threatens to destroy his band's future, Janie uses her own surprising musical talents to help guide him down the rocky road to redemption. -- (C) Tribeca Filmmore
Rating: PG-13
Genre: Musical & Performing Arts, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: David M. Rosenthal
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 31, 2012
Independent Pictures - Official Site


Abigail Breslin
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Critic Reviews for Janie Jones

All Critics (30) | Top Critics (15)

"Janie Jones'' would feel more assured if Rosenthal had shown more inclination to commit.

Full Review… | November 10, 2011
Boston Globe
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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"...

Full Review… | November 4, 2011
Washington Post
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A mixture of discordant notes and way-too-familiar chords.

Full Review… | November 3, 2011
Los Angeles Times
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The movie works because it's essentially an old-fashioned two-hander for a couple of subtle and terrific actors.

Full Review… | October 29, 2011
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | October 28, 2011
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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.

Full Review… | October 28, 2011
New York Post
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Audience Reviews for Janie Jones

The Little Miss Sunshine star is a very talented teen now. This movie was very enjoyable. Good music. Touching story. A really well done Independent film....love these!

Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer

A heart-wrenching and deeply absorbing movie. It`s the best film of its kind since Crazy Heart. A powerful and emotionally gripping film that just tugs on your heart. Abigail Breslin and Alessandro Nivola gives outstanding performances. Breslin is truly heart breaking and brilliant. Nivola is magnificent. A tremendous surprise to watch. A wonderfully written and exceptionally crafted work.

Al S

Super Reviewer

Cast: Abigail Breslin, Alessandro Nivola, Elisabeth Shue, Peter Stormare, Joel David Moore, Frances Fisher, Brittany Snow, Frank Whaley, Rodney Eastman, David Lee Smith

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."


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Janie Jones Quotes

Ethan: Janie is an incredible young woman. Thank you for bringing her into my life.
– Submitted by Chris P (4 years ago)
Janie Jones: Hey Mr. How about letting go of my dad?
– Submitted by Chris P (4 years ago)

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